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Saturday football: Tulips off to winning start, Tigers top of the tree and Knights held

Spalding United made a winning start to the Evo-Stik NPL First Division South season by beating hosts Stocksbridge Park Steels 2-0 on Saturday, while Holbeach United beat ON Chenecks 3-0 and Pinchbeck United drew 1-1 with Lutterworth Town. Starting with the Tulips, goals from Cenk Acar (19) and Gary King (72) gave Chris Rawlinson’s side an impressive away victory on ...

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Rawlinson believes in new-look Spalding United ahead of season opener at Steels

Boss Chris Rawlinson insists that Spalding United’s disappointing pre-season forms means “absolutely nothing” ahead of their Evo-Stik NPL First Division South opener at Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday. The Tulips have lost five of their seven pre-season matches – conceding 11 goals and scoring just four – but come into the new campaign with the lofty goal of securing promotion ...

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Saturday football: Tigers roar in FA Cup, Pinchbeck leave it late to bag first UCL win

Holbeach United won 2-0 at Ely City to progress in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday, while Pinchbeck United left it late to see off Long Buckby 2-1 and secure a first-ever ChromaSport UCL Division One victory. Starting with the Tigers, late efforts from strikers Charley Sanders (pen 81) and Will Bird (87) gave boss Seb Hayes his maiden success ...

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Pre-season: King stunner gives Spalding United first win, Holbeach United hold Stamford

A classy Gary King free-kick earned Spalding United a 1-0 friendly win at Rainworth Miners Welfare on Tuesday night. The goal was the Tulips’ first in pre-season and also King’s maiden strike back in blue. The victory was a welcome boost for Chris Rawlinson’s charges, who slipped to a 1-0 reverse at ChromaSport UCL Premier Division outfit Boston Town on ...

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Pre-season: Tulips exit county cup but other South Holland sides bag goals galore

Spalding United bowed out of this year’s Lincolnshire FA Senior Cup as Grantham Town eased to a 3-0 victory in Friday night’s quarter-final clash. A Paul Walker own goal (8) and strikes from Danny Meadows (16) and George Couzens (71) were enough for the higher-graded Gingerbreads at The Meres, in what was the Tulips’ first competitive game of the 2017/18 ...

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Lemon suffers nasty injury as Spalding United beaten at Grantham Town

Grantham Town 3 Spalding United 0 Jordan Lemon suffered a broken wrist as Spalding United were beaten 3-0 by Grantham Town on Friday night. A first-half Paul Walker OG and a Danny Meadows effort gave hosts Grantham a 2-0 lead at the break in the Lincs Senior Cup clash at the Meres. But is was the injury to Lemon that ...

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Super Summer Sixes glory for Denmark-bound Spalding United Blue boys

Spalding United under-11 Blues kicked off their 2017 summer tournament campaign by winning the Holbeach United Summer Sixes event. The young blues started a little slowly, losing their first group game against FFA Gold 1-0. However, this was the only goal they conceded throughout the whole tournament. They finished second in their group, which meant they faced the winners of ...

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Football fixtures: Spalding United’s complete 2017/18 schedule

Spalding United’s 2017/18 Evo-Stik NPL First Division South schedule has been announced. A trip to Stocksbridge Park Steels awaits Chris Rawlinson’s Tulips on the opening day of the season (August 12), while league newboys Corby Town are the first visitors to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field (August 15). Promoted ChromaSport UCL Premier Division champions Peterborough Sports are Spalding’s visitors ...

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Boss Rawlinson feels Spalding United are ready to roll ahead of Grantham Town test

Buoyant boss Chris Rawlinson reckons Spalding United are ready to hit the ground running as they prepare to get their new season under way. The Tulips make the short trip to Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division side Grantham Town for a Lincs FA Senior Trophy showdown on Friday night (7.45pm) in what is their first competitive outing of the 2017/18 campaign. ...

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Pre-season round-up: Leckie off the mark as Holbeach United hold Peterborough Sports, Pinchbeck win

Lewis Leckie notched his first goal for Holbeach United on Tuesday night as they kicked off their pre-season games with a 1-1 draw with Peterborough Sports. Ex-Spalding United midfielder Lewis Webb put promoted ChromaSport UCL Premier Division champions Sports 1-0 up at Carter’s Park, but Leckie levelled from the penalty spot after fellow new signing Will Bird was fouled. The ...

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Rawlinson urges his players to make most of opportunity

Spalding United boss Chris Rawlinson is urging his players to take the chance to prove themselves this season.   The Tulips returned to pre-season training at the weekend after a successful campaign which saw them reach the EvoStik League Division One South play-off final.   However, a 2-1 defeat at Witton Albion in the final was followed in the summer ...

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Tulips seeking support for fundraising scheme

Spalding United’s fledgling Under 21 development squad have launched a new fundraising initiative.   The Tulips have started an online Crowdfunder scheme with the aim of providing a sound platform before kicking off their inaugural campaign.   The aim of the scheme is for supporters to contribute as little or as much as they like (contributions start from just £1) ...

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Extra promotion place for Tulips

Spalding United will have an extra chance of gaining promotion next season.   As part of the Football Association’s bid to cut travelling times and costs across the Pyramid, an extra division at both Step 3 and 4 is set to come into effect from the 2018-19 season. The Southern League will run the new Step 3 division while the ...

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Five friendly games announced for new Spalding United under-21 side

Spalding United’s new under-21 side have announced their pre-season plans. The team, managed by Lewis Thorogood and Graham Almond, have announced four away dates and one home clash ahead of the new season. They will visit Bourne Town on July 11, then Blackstones on July 18, Langtoft United on July 26 and Lincoln Moorlands Railway on August 2 (all 7.30pm). ...

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Ex-England skipper Robson to headline Spalding United’s Sports Celebrity Dinner

Former England and Manchester United captain Bryan Robson will be the special guest speaker at Spalding United’s 2017 Sports Celebrity Dinner. Robson, who also managed Middlesborough and West Bromwich Albion once his illustrious playing career was over, made 90 appearances for his country. He follows in the footsteps of Ian Wright, Stuart Pearce and Neil Ruddock in headlining the annual ...

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Rawlinson declares talented Spalding United squad ‘complete’ after top duo agree to stay at Sir Halley

Happy Spalding United manager Chris Rawlinson feels his squad is complete ahead of their return to pre-season training on July 1. Rawlinson is “over the moon” to have retained the services of midfielder Nathan Whitehead, while also feeling the Tulips have pulled off something of a “coup” to sign Cenk Acar following his successful loan spell at the Sir Halley ...

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Double boost for Spalding United as King signs and Beeson opts to stay

Spalding United have completed a double deal after landing striker Gary King from Cleethorpes Town and convincing winger Lee Beeson to stay. King, who helped Cleethorpes earn promotion to Evo-Stik NPL Division One South last season and reach the FA Vase final, returns to the Sir Halley for a second spell. He last featured for the Tulips under Pat Rayment ...

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‘Captain fantastic’ Stainfield backed to star at Gainsborough after Tulips exit

Talismanic skipper Nathan Stainfield has been backed to excel at a higher standard of football after opting to end his four-year spell with Spalding United. Stainfield, who joined the Tulips from Boston United back in 2013, informed Tulips boss Chris Rawlinson that – at 28 years of age – he wants to test himself further up the non-league ladder. Widely ...

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Ex-boss Frecklington raids Spalding United to take 30-goal Wells to Gainsborough

Top scorer Bradley Wells has left Spalding United to join higher-graded Gainsborough Trinity. Wells, who bagged 30 goals for the Tulips last term, has been snapped up by former Spalding boss Dave Frecklington – who brought him to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field from Stamford at the start of last season. Speaking on Twitter, Wells said: “It wasn’t an ...

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Rawlinson hopes to secure existing Spalding United squad within the next two weeks

Chris Rawlinson hopes to have completed negotiations with his existing Spalding United squad inside the next two weeks. The Tulips chief wants to retain the vast majority of last season’s squad, which finished third in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South and lost to Witton Albion in the play-off final. Rawlinson has already agreed deals to keep Jonny Lockie, Neal Spafford ...

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