Football

Spalding United host Moulton Harrox in attractive friendly

Two of South Holland’s top teams clash at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field tonight (Thursday) as Spalding United play host to Moulton Harrox (7.45pm). The hastily-arranged clash will serve as a final pre-season friendly for both sides ahead of the start of their respective seasons. Entry will be a reduced £3, with fans of both sides encouraged to attend. ...

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Our Peterborough League sides ready for the kick-off

Three South Holland sides get their ChromaSport Peterborough League campaigns under way on Saturday. In the Premier Division, Ian Dunn’s new-look Pinchbeck United side make the tough trip to Netherton United, while promoted Holbeach United Reserves visit Sawtry (both 2pm). Down in Division One, Long Sutton Athletic welcome Whittlesey Blue Star to London Road (also 2pm) in what promises to ...

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Chand praises referee after Tigers’ ideal Star-t

PNS 1 (Macleod 8) Holbeach Utd 6 (Beeson pen 21, Fuller 33, Parker 49, Dube 70 & 78, Duffy 90) Ruthless title favourites Holbeach made the perfect start to the new UCL Premier Division season on Sunday as they hit nine-man Star for six in their own back yard. Goals from Lee Beeson (pen 21), Ashley Fuller (33), Liam Parker ...

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Terrific Tigers hit nine-man Star for six

Peterborough Northern Star 1 Holbeach United 6 Ruthless title favourites Holbeach made the perfect start to the new UCL Premier Division season on Sunday as they hit nine-man Star for six in their own back yard. Goals from Lee Beeson (pen 21), Ashley Fuller (33), Liam Parker (49), Lee Dube (70 and 78) and Jake Duffy (90) steered the Tigers ...

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Timely Tidswell treble gets Tulips back on track

Spalding United 5 Wisbech Town 1 Andrew Tidswell fired his second hat-trick of the summer to help get Spalding’s stuttering pre-season back on track in emphatic fashion on Saturday. The striker notched on 1, 27 and 85 minutes against UCL Premier Division outfit Wisbech Town at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, with Mark Jones (44) and young gun George ...

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Tidswell Talk: I’m hoping for a South Holland UCL hat-trick

By Andrew Tidswell This weekend sees the new United Counties League (UCL) Premier Division campaign get under way. Over the close season and summer months there has been a lot of transfers and new recruits being added to many teams. As ever, whispers of budgets and which teams are going to be the main contenders is the main talk amongst ...

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Pat bemoans ‘worst pre-season’ at Spalding

Spalding United supremo Pat Rayment reckons that he is in the midst of his worst-ever pre-season at the club. A combination of other teams letting the Tulips down and player unavailability has left the UCL Premier Division champions undercooked – and at times embarrassed. That has been the case this week, with Rayment branding last Saturday’s 4-0 drubbing at Deeping ...

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Clay warns Tigers not to underestimate Star

One of South Holland’s top defenders is plotting Holbeach United’s downfall ahead of the start of the new UCL Premier Division season this weekend. Spalding lad Jonny Clay will be the rock at the heart of Peterborough Northern Star’s defence in Sunday’s clash with the Tigers at Chestnut Avenue (11am). Clay, who won Peterborough and District League Premier Division titles ...

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Chand backing Holbeach to deliver in opener

Joint Holbeach United boss John Chand is confident that his much-fancied side will make a winning start to the new UCL Premier Division season. The Tigers are one of just six UCL sides to begin their campaign this weekend, with Peterborough Northern Star their hosts on Sunday (11am). The unorthodox nature of the kick-off is down to a Groundhop Day ...

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Tigers earn comeback draw at Coalville

Holbeach United battled back to earn an impressive 2-2 draw at higher-graded Coalville Town in their final pre-season friendly on Tuesday night. Goals from Ant Carney and Ash Way put the Evo-Stik League First Division South side 2-0 ahead, but free-scoring defender Niall Delahoy and winger Lee Beeson hit back to secure the Tigers a share of the spoils. Bossed ...

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Rayment gives Tulips a dressing down on pitch after 4-0 hiding at Deeping Rangers

Embarrassed Spalding United boss Pat Rayment was on the pitch reading the riot act to his makeshift squad after a 4-0 humbling at Deeping Rangers on Saturday. Rayment had been purring with satisfaction after the 3-0 success at Yaxley two days earlier, but he left the players in no doubt about how he felt about this performance. There was no eavesdropping required ...

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Welcome boost for Tidswell with all three goals in Tulips’ win at Yaxley

Spalding United boss Pat Rayment was singing the praises of his makeshift side as they swept to a 3-0 success at Yaxley on Thursday. Andrew Tidswell got all three goals to take another important step in his recovery from a career-threatening condition. The striker was on fire last season with more than 30 goals before his campaign was truncated at ...

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Injured duo forced off in Moulton Harrox defeat

Moulton were dealt a double blow on Tuesday, losing Tom Panton and Robbie Cundy to injury during a 1-0 home defeat to March Town. Both teams had good first-half chances and a 35th minute goal for March separated the teams at half-time. Moulton had the better chances after the break. Danny Cairns struck the woodwork late on as the push ...

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Pinchbeck United double signings complete a good night

Pinchbeck United player/boss Ian Dunn had a good night’s work on Tuesday, making two good signings after seeing his side win. Midfielder Jimmy McDonnell, who was with Pinchbeck in their Peterborough League double-winning season, put pen to paper to seal a return to the club. And winger Andrew Melton, who has impressed Dunn over a couple of matches, has signed ...

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Chand and Drury content with how Tigers shaping up

Holbeach United bosses John Chand and Graham Drury declared themselves mostly happy with what they saw in a 6-1 defeat of Wyberton FC on Tuesday. Six different players notched for the Tigers. Gary King and Lee Dube started up front and grabbed the first two goals before Ash Fuller maintained his scoring streak and sub Courtney Meade edged the Tigers ...

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Spalding United Under-9s get to play at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium

  Spalding United Under-9s had a day to remember when they played at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. The boys had a tour of the changing rooms at the Premier League ground, before getting the chance to run out of the tunnel on to the pitch to play some cup games. Pictured are (back, from left) – Daniel Beresford, Ellis Perry-Burdett, Oliver ...

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Jackson: Why I made a quick return to Spalding United from Holbeach United

Defender Adam Jackson has made a swift return to Spalding United to challenge himself further. The left-back is in the squad for Thursday’s friendly at Yaxley after a change of heart over rejoining Holbeach United this summer. He’s expected to sign for the Tulips in the next few days. After winning back-to-back United Counties League Premier Division medals with the ...

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Depleted Tulips no match for King’s Lynn

Spalding United 1 King’s Lynn Town 4 An under-strength Spalding United were handed their first pre-season defeat by classy King’s Lynn Town outfit at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Saturday. A clinical brace of penalties from talented Lynn skipper David Bell (3 and 45) and further strikes from ex-Tulip Ross Watson (58) and Michael Frew (81) put Pat ...

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Grantham edge out Tigers on penalties in cracker

Holbeach United 2 Grantham Town 2 (Grantham win 4-2 on penalties) Grantham Town won the first ever Drury Memorial Shield after beating hosts Holbeach United 4-2 on penalties following a 2-2 draw at Carter’s Park on Saturday. Former Spalding United midfielder gave visitors Grantham – who play in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division – the perfect start with an early ...

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Rayment: Lynn loss a reality check for Tulips

Pat Rayment has admitted that things went ‘horribly wrong’ for his side during Saturday’s 4-1 friendly loss to King’s Lynn Town. David Bell (pen 3 and pen 45), ex-Tulip Ross Watson (58) and Michael Frew (81) all bagged for the Linnets at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, with Jordan Thomas (48) grabbing a consolation for the hosts (see report here). Spalding ...

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