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More recognition for Gosberton’s Pulling

Teen race ace Abbi Pulling is in line to land another award. The 17-year-old from Gosberton has been listed as a nominee in the British Women Racing Drivers’ Club’s (BWRDC) Gold Star Awards. She’s been nominated in the Junior Gold Star category. A spokesman for the BWRDC said: “Abbi Pulling stepped up to the British F4 Championship for 2020 and ...

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Zakuani has ‘unfinished business’ as he signs up to be Tulips boss next season

Spalding United manager Gabriel Zakuani has signed on to manage the Tulips for the 21/22 season. The former Peterborough United and Gillingham player officially took on the mantle in October, initially in a caretaker role. He was given the job full time, but the Pitching In Northern Premier South East Division was suspended just one game later, a 3-3 draw ...

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Hoggard can’t wait to get back on track

In the space of a few weeks Johnathan Hoggard has gone from the excitement of driving a Formula One car to the frustration of not being able to even go to the gym. But the Weston Hills race ace is hoping to announce his plans for the 2021 race season soon. Hoggard ended last season with his first F1 test ...

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Grants boost for South Holland’s top teams

The area’s top non-league football clubs have been handed a boost with the announcement that they can claim government grant money. Football clubs at steps three to six of the non-league pyramid, which includes Spalding United, Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United, can apply for the grants to keep them going during the latest lockdown. Up to £10million can be claimed ...

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Cricket club’s link up with veterans’ charity

Long Sutton Cricket Club is to link up with the Help for Heroes charity for 2021 which is set to include them playing against their cricket team. The South Lincolnshire and Border League Premier Division side are set to face the military charity’s own team of veterans it helps in a fixture later this year. And they’ve signed up to ...

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Rugby club set to make it a year without games

It’s been an incredibly frustrating time for Spalding Rugby Club as the wait to play senior matches goes on. The club had hoped to be back in action this month with a mini-league using adapted rules for local teams meant to provide the first competitive action since Spalding won the RFU Senior Vase on March 14, 2020. But the latest ...

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Snooker return leaves Gray wanting more

A star of the Spalding and District Snooker League has landed at number four in the World Senior rankings on his lockdown inspired return to the elite levels of the sport after 18 years. Former pro Mark Gray has concentrated on professional pool for the last decade, but with no competitions currently available, took up the offer to play in ...

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Clubs mull over ‘null and voiding’ leagues

Spalding United will be without a game until at least March 6 as all football leagues consider whether to null and void the leagues for a second successive season. The Tulips’ Pitching In Northern Premier League have said they will ask clubs for their opinions on whether that should be done, having postponed all matches up to that date. It ...

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All Spalding United games cancelled until at least March as league recommends null and voiding season

All of Spalding United’s league games will be postponed up until at least March 6 with clubs set to be consulted as to whether they null and void the season. The Pitching-In Northern Premier League has released a statement in which the board say they feel the league should now be null and voided. The statement says: “The board of ...

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Leagues suspended as all sport on hold

All non elite-sport has been placed on hold again following the announcement of a new national lockdown. Many sports were already facing tougher COVID-19 restrictions with all of the local football leagues having been suspended when South Holland moved into Tier 4 last week. The new lockdown means all non-elite sportsmen can’t play or train, with golf clubs and outdoor ...

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Yet more frustration for Knights as season stops

There was huge frustration for Pinchbeck United after a 94th minute winner denied them a point while the league’s suspension stopped them from building on an impressive performance. A wonder half volley from 40 yards out by Ollie Jepson had looked set to earn the Knights a 1-1 draw with high-flying Shepshed Dynamo on Boxing Day. But a 94th minute ...

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Last-gasp goal denies Pinchbeck United a Boxing Day point at Shepshed

An injury-time goal from Matt Melbourne sentenced Pinchbeck United to a 2-1 defeat at Shepshed Dynamo on Boxing Day. After a goalless first half of the Uhlsport UCL Premier Division clash, Reece Morris put hosts Shepshed ahead in the early stages of the second period. However, a spectacular long-range strike from Olly Jepson 20 minutes from time looked to have ...

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Thorogood sees ‘encouraging signs’ despite Pinchbeck United’s heavy home defeat

Pinchbeck United 0GNG Oadby Town 3 Pinchbeck United finally returned to action on Saturday – but they were handed a 3-0 home humbling by GNG Oadby Town. The Knights remain winless in the Uhlsport UCL Premier Division after goals from Daniel Shelbourne (pen 33), Cameron Powell (72) and Rian Patel (90) at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field. A host ...

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Christmas victory is Taylor-made for Tydd Gote Angling Club ace John

With travel restrictions in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, only Tier 2 members were able to attend the Tydd Gote Angling Club Christmas Match over the weekend. And, with competing open matches nearby, numbers were low at Chain Bridge on the Twenty Foot at March. But, the drain was in good form and with a bit of colour ...

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New-look Knights ready for restart

A new-look Pinchbeck United will be treating it as a new season as they look to get back to competitive action this weekend – weather permitting. Their wait for the return of football had to go on after last week’s snow put paid to the Knights’ scheduled Uhlsport UCL Premier Division fixture with ON Chenecks. But they’re hopeful to be ...

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South Holland derby as PDFL set to return

Weather permitting, there’s a chance of some football in South Holland this weekend. The ChromaSport PDFL is running a reduced fixture list on Saturday, with a derby between Moulton Harrox Reserves and Crowland Town Reserves set to go ahead. The 2pm kick off at Broad Lane is able to be played due to both clubs being in Tier 3 of ...

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Training only for South Holland’s hockey clubs as Tier 3 status delays play

Both Spalding Hockey Club and Long Sutton Hockey Club face a delay in returning to competitive action. With South Holland among the many areas to be placed in Tier 3 of government restrictions, both clubs are only permitted to return to training. But they cannot return to action in the East Hockey League, unlike clubs based in areas in the ...

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Pinchbeck United to return to UCL action on Saturday but Holbeach United one of many clubs to delay restart

South Holland’s two teams in the Uhlsport UCL Premier Division have taken vastly different stances as to how the season should continue. After Lincolnshire was placed in the Tier 3 (very high alert) of the government’s new restrictions, the UCL – like many other leagues up and down the land – offered its clubs the choice on how to proceed. ...

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Spalding United waiting on result of NPL vote but a delayed re-start looks likely

The future of the Pitching In NPL South East Division season remains up in the air. Spalding United, as well as all of the other clubs in steps three and four of the non-league ladder, have been asked to vote on whether the current campaign should remain paused. Votes had to be submitted by Wednesday night, with a result expected ...

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Top snooker stars help Nigel’s fight to raise awareness for MNDA

A Donington snooker player who suffers from motor-neurone disease says he’s been blown away by some of the sport’s star players backing his efforts to raise awareness of the condition. Former World Champion and reigning Masters Champion Stuart Bingham is the latest to wear the Motor Neuron Disease Association (MNDA) logo at the Northern Ireland Open. It follows Mark King ...

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