Football

Pinchbeck United player/boss Dunn will use break to re-energise himself

Ian Dunn isn’t thinking much about football at the moment – but he reckons the enforced break will be good for stress levels. After years of success that saw the player/boss take the Knights from the Peterborough League to fourth place in the UCL Premier Division last season, 2019/20 was a shock to the system. Before the season was declared ...

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Outgoing Hussey rues not being able to finish off his ‘journey’ with Holbeach United

Last week’s decision to end the non-league season means that Danny Hussey is no longer the manager of Holbeach United. Having announced his intention to resign at the end of the season just weeks before the coronavirus crisis stalled the entire sporting scene, Hussey is now leaving the role earlier than expected. He was confident that his Tigers, fifth when ...

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Thorogood honoured to land job as Spalding United manager on permanent basis

Lewis Thorogood has revealed his “honour” at being handed the role of Spalding United manager on a permanent basis. Having stepped up as interim manager following Matt Easton’s resignation from the BetVictor NPL South East Division club back in December, former number two Thorogood will lead the Tulips next season. It’s his first permanent role in men’s football having been ...

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UCL bosses Dunn and Hussey agree with big decision to null and void football season

Pinchbeck United are “obviously very happy” that the FA have expunged all record of the 2019/20 season. That’s the frank and honest assessment of player/boss Ian Dunn, who also admits that he feels for the teams that were having great seasons in the wake of last week’s big decision. The Knights were looking odds-on to be relegated from the Uhlsport ...

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Football Association declare football seasons null and void for South Holland sides

All of South Holland’s football teams have kicked their last ball this season after the FA today (Thursday) announced the end of the season for non-league teams from steps three to seven. All results over the season will be declared null and void, with no champions crowned, promotions awards and relegations suffered. The following statement has this afternoon been released ...

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Popular refereeing course is a big hit with Spalding Grammar School students

Some 15 candidates recently completed the FA Basic Referees’ Course at Spalding Grammar School – the fourth successive year this course has run. The candidates were put through their paces by the Lincolnshire FA referee tutors. Lincolnshire FA’s referee development officer Michael Brader led the course, along with experienced referee and trainer Rob Windle. The course entailed a two-hour evening ...

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Noah’s development caps a great season for Holbeach United under-8s Black

Their season may have ended a little earlier than expected due to the coronavirus pandemic – but everyone at Holbeach United Black under-8s is reflecting on a real year of progress. Under the guidance of manager Rob Green, who stepped up from his role as assistant last summer, the young Tigers are looking more than ready for their first taste ...

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Live Facebook chats are a hit for Spalding United boss as he bids to help fill the void

Spalding United interim manager Lewis Thorogood intents to hold weekly chats live on Facebook to help people during what is a tough period for many people. The coronavirus crisis has led to all football being cancelled and many people are on lockdown or in self-isolation. Thorogood held his first live stream on Monday night, with more than 300 people viewing ...

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Community-minded Holbeach United players make a double donation

Holbeach United boss Danny Hussey has expressed his pride with the current squad after they donated £800 of expenses to help aid others during the coronavirus crisis. The Tigers have forfeited money that would have been in their pocket following the 6-2 win Uhlsport UCL Premier Division win over Lutterworth Town on March 14 and instead split it between the ...

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Northern Premier League reveals their wish to ‘terminate’ the 2019/20 football season

Spalding United’s BetVictor NPL South East Division campaign looks likely to end prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement released on Tuesday, the Northern Premier League revealed that their wish is to terminate the 2019/20 season immediately. But they admit that the best way to conclude the campaign is still to be ratified by the Football Association. Their ...

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United Counties League season ‘set to be declared over’ after FA meeting on Tuesday

Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United may have kicked their last ball this season after the FA all but declared the United Counties League campaign over. A meeting involving all of the Step Five and Six clubs was held on Tuesday afternoon – with the FA advising that the season should now finish with immediate effect. However, a decision as to ...

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Dunn: Unfair to enforce relegation and promotion if football season isn’t finished

Ian Dunn doesn’t see a happy ending to the coronavirus crisis for football teams across the pyramid. The Pinchbeck United player/boss, whose side sit in the sole UCL Premier Division relegation place, says it’d be unfair to crown champions or enforce promotions and relegations if the season doesn’t continue but isn’t declared void. But he also feels that a transfer ...

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Interim Spalding United boss Thorogood hopes the football season can be completed

Lewis Thorogood sees no reason why the football season shouldn’t be completed despite the disruption caused by coronavirus. The interim Spalding United manager admits that Saturday’s 5-1 defeat at Stamford, played in front of more than 500 fans, “probably shouldn’t” have taken place. But he is against the idea of voiding this season, insisting that seasons should be extended into ...

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Holbeach United boss Hussey feels football season should be scrapped in wake of coronavirus pandemic

Holbeach United boss Danny Hussey reckons that he’s already overseen his last game as Holbeach United manager. The Tigers chief, who announced his intention to resign at the end of the season ahead of Saturday’s 6-2 win over Lutterworth Town, doesn’t see any way that this footballing season can be salvaged at any level. With the coronavirus pandemic causing football ...

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PDFL round-up: Clitheroe hits hat-trick as Long Sutton smash seven at Oakham

Long Sutton Athletic romped to a big 7-1 success at Oakham United in the ChromaSport PDFL Premier Division on Saturday. Star striker Jake Clitheroe shone with a hat-trick for the Magpies, while Matt Eaton (2), Callum Davies and Niall Burton also netted. The win moves Sutton up to eighth, with plenty of games in hand on many of the sides ...

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Spalding United chief Thorogood takes positives from Daniels derby drubbing

Stamford 5 Spalding United 1 Spalding United slipped to a fifth successive defeat in BetVictor NPL South East on Saturday as Stamford came from behind to hand them a 5-1 derby reverse. The Tulips took a shock 19th-minute lead at the Zeeco Stadium through Tobias Liversedge in front of a big crowd of 513. However, the title-chasing Daniels soon levelled ...

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Holbeach United smash rivals Lutterworth Town for six to claim sweet revenge

Holbeach United 6 Lutterworth Town 2 Revenge was sweet for Holbeach United on Saturday as they smashed Lutterworth Town 6-2. The Tigers, who felt “poorly treated” when they went down 1-0 in the reverse fixture back on March 3, romped to victory in the Uhlsport UCL Premier Division at Carter’s Park. Jonny Lockie, Liam Adams, Michael Frew, Jon Fairweather, Josh ...

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Coronavirus shuts down all local football leagues as NPL, UCL and PDFL are suspended

There will be no football in the BetVictor NPL, Uhlsport UCL and ChromaSport PDFL for the foreseeable future after all three leagues shut down on Monday due to the coronavirus crisis. That leaves Spalding United, Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United and the rest of the teams across South Holland without fixtures until at least April. More to follow.

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Saturday football: Six of the best for Holbeach United, but Spalding United thrashed

Holbeach United smashed six and Spalding United were demolished in a derby on Saturday as non-league football ploughed on despite the coronavirus crisis. Starting with the Tigers, they gained revenge on Lutterworth Town with a huge 6-2 success at Carter’s Park just weeks after losing the reverse game 1-0. Jonny Lockie, Liam Adams, Michael Frew, Jon Fairweather, Josh Ford and ...

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Manager Hussey to leave Holbeach United role at the end of the current season

Danny Hussey has revealed his intention to resign as Holbeach United manager at the end of the current season. The popular boss, who joined the Tigers in January 2019, admits that he needs to step back from the role to focus on his personal life. One of Hussey’s two daughters is on the autistic spectrum and he feels that, due ...

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