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Bowls round-up: Spalding Indoor Bowls Club members all set for England trials

Spalding Indoor Bowls Club will be well represented at the forthcoming England trials which are being held at Northampton Indoor Bowls Club next month (December 4 and 5). On the Saturday morning, Stephen Harris and Jordan Philpott (men’s) and Ruby Hill (women’s) will be trying to retain their places in the England under-26 teams. This would normally be under-25s, but ...

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Zakuani steps down as manager of Spalding United

Gaby Zakuani has stepped down as manager of Spalding United, the club confirmed on Thursday night. The former Peterborough United captain and DR Congo international cited additional work commitments and a lengthy commute as his chief reasons for leaving the role he took up last season. Assistant manager Bruno Porfirio will take charge of Saturday’s Pitching In NPL Midlands Division ...

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Thorogood feels Pinchbeck United are close to having a settled side ahead of Boston Town clash

Lewis Thorogood reckons that Pinchbeck United are just one signing away from having a side ready to climb the Uhlsport UCL Premier Division North table. Having snapped up Holbeach United skipper Nick Jackson and Boston Town’s Patrik Kacirek last week, the Knights boss now has his sights set on a striker. Thorogood’s sole goal is to avoid relegation this season ...

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Sunday football round-up: CSKA’s Allen fires four in goal-den tie against South Holland

The Spalding and District League’s Knockout Cup got underway at the weekend – and there were goals galore. Sunday’s highlight was an 11-goal thriller between South Holland United Orange and CSKA Emneth, with the latter edging through 6-5. Toby Allen starred with four goals at Holbeach Bank Playing Field to steer league leaders Emneth through, while Joel Mattless and Jake ...

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Men’s hockey round-up: Super Sutton seal their best win of season with 11-goal frenzy

Rampant Long Sutton 1st produced their best performance of the East Men’s Hockey League season so far on Saturday as they hammered St Ives 2nd 11-0 in Division Two North West. The in-form Josh Fyson starred with a four-goal haul at the Peele Leisure Centre, while Josh Baker also bagged a hat-trick. Daniel Batten (2), Luke Proctor and Tyler Hagan ...

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Ladies’ hockey round-up: 13 proves lucky for Spalding 1st as Harriet hammers hat-trick

Spalding Poachers 1st cemented their place at the top of East Women’s Hockey League Division Two North West with another stunning showing on Saturday. They chalked up their biggest win of the season so far with an emphatic 13-0 victory over hosts St Ives 2nd – making it eight wins from eight to move five points clear at the top. ...

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Billiards round-up: Magic Johnson pockets 74 break but sees his Consti B side beaten

Talented potter Mick Johnson was on stellar form in the Spalding and District Billiards League on Monday night. The Consti B cueman, who plays off an O170 handicap, made fine breaks of 74, 60 and 44 as well as smaller offerings of 34, 30, 24 and an unfinished 24 as he defeated Shane White (O30) 200-92. However, he was the ...

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Sloppy start costs Spalding Water Polo dear in Bedford beating

Spalding Water Polo suffered a 15-10 defeat against Bedford at the Castle Sports Complex last Tuesday night. Hosts Spalding were very lethargic in the first quarter and almost appeared to be swimming in treacle as Bedford dominated the scoreline and the pool. They started to make a comeback in the second and third quarters, finally finishing five goals adrift. However, ...

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Snooker round-up: Leaders Bourne SC C open up gap at top after beating rivals

Two of the leading sides in Division Two of the Spalding and District Snooker League clashed last week – and it was leaders Bourne SC C who emerged as big winners. The table-toppers handed hosts Holbeach E a 6-0 reverse to keep themselves top of the pile, with Jack Chilvers (O14) and Pete Ransome (O28) bagging breaks of 28 and ...

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Talented Weston Hills racer Hoggard enjoys F3 testing with Hitech GP in Valencia

Weston Hills racer Johnathan Hoggard returned to the track last week for three days of official post FIA Formula 3 Championship season testing, joining British team Hitech GP at Circuit Ricardo Tormo (Valencia). After finishing the 2021 season with two sixth place finishes in the final three race weekends, despite suffering bad luck when race two at Sochi was cancelled ...

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Spalding United boss Zakuani looking to add a goal-getter to his squad

Ambitious Gaby Zakuani is hoping to add more firepower to his Spalding United squad ahead of Saturday’s tough test at play-off rivals Coleshill Town (3pm). The Tulips, who are without a win in five games and have fallen ten points off the top five, are hoping to end that run when they visit a side sat fourth in the Pitching ...

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Holbeach United boss Frost hoping to sign five new players before Sleaford derby

Gary Frost hopes to have as many as five new signings in his Holbeach United squad for Saturday’s huge derby at Sleaford Town (3pm). The Tigers chief is having to perform major surgery on his Tigers team, given that they sit bottom of the Uhlsport UCL Premier Division with just two points and three goals from their 13 games so ...

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Plenty of positives for Pinchbeck United despite Leicester Nirvana defeat as Jackson debuts

Pinchbeck United 0 Leicester Nirvana 2 Despite seeing his side suffer a ninth defeat on the spin, Pinchbeck United boss Lewis Thorogood had reason to be happy on Saturday. The Knights slipped down to a precarious 16th place in the Uhlsport UCL Premier Division North after a 2-0 home reverse against Leicester Nirvana. Deen Master (36) and Will Gonga (65) ...

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Frost admits Holbeach United’s preparation ‘wasn’t ideal’ after smashing by Selston

Holbeach United 0 Selston 5 Holbeach United slipped deeper into the ChromaSport UCL Premier Division North relegation mire on Saturday as fellow strugglers Selston smashed them 5-0 at Carter’s Park. A shocking first half saw Gary Frost’s side fall 4-0 behind thanks to goals from Jordan Black (2), Jay Cooper and Ollie Grimshaw. Cooper added another after the break to ...

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PDFL round-up: Crowland Reserves claim derby bragging rights, Tigers Reserves lose big clash at the top

Three second-half goals fired Crowland Town Reserves to a 3-1 derby win over Pinchbeck United Reserves on Saturday. The all South Holland showdown in ChromaSport PDFL Division One was goalless at the break, but Mantas Paskevicius, Jake Woodward (penalty) and Matt Smith scored to give Crowland the points. Ryan Wheeler replied for Pinchbeck, who had Jenson Patterson sent off. Staying ...

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Boss Bobby disappointed by Moulton Harrox’s uncharacteristic collapse at Oakham

Oakham United 4 Moulton Harrox 2 Bemused Bobby Patterson was at a loss to explain Moulton Harrox’s second-half capitulation as they crashed 4-2 at Oakham United on Saturday. Moulton looked to be cruising to victory in the first half of the ChromaSport PDFL Premier Division clash after goals from the in-form Declan Earth and young gun Alfie Woodward put them ...

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Zakuani feels missed chances cost Spalding United dear in derby draw at Wisbech Town

Wisbech Town 0 Spalding United 0 Boss Gaby Zakuani rued two missed clear-cut chances as Spalding United were forced to settle for a 0-0 derby draw at Wisbech Town on Saturday. New signing Ben Stakie – one of three debutants on the day – saw his one-on-one effort saved in the second half, while top scorer Jordan Macleod also wasted ...

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Saturday football: Stalemate for Tulips in derby, Tigers hammered by rivals and Pinchbeck beaten at home

Spalding United were held to a 0-0 draw at Wisbech Town in the Pitching In NPL Midlands Division on Saturday, while in the Uhlsport UCL Premier Division North Holbeach United were humbled 5-0 at home by Selston and Pinchbeck United went down 2-0 against Leicester Nirvana. Starting with the Tulips, they remain ten points off the play-offs following a stalemate ...

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Prior takes the trophy but it’s Welland Yacht Club’s new members who

Favourable winds on Sunday made Welland Yacht Club’s final regatta of the season an enjoyable yet challenging one for all involved. Seven boats took to the line for the Richard Glenn Challenge Bowl event, with three races contested on the day. Although it was Andy Prior who took the trophy on the day, the plaudits belonged to the newcomers who ...

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Billiards round-up: Cue ace Cooper shines but ends up on the losing team as Pyramid prevail

Mick Cooper put in the performance of the week in the Spalding and District Billiards League – but ended up on the losing side on Monday night. The O190 handicapper sank breaks of 56, 29, 24, 20 and an unfinished 23 for his Holbeach A side against visitors Pyramid B. Despite Cooper seeing off Martin O’Connor (R20), wins from Maurice ...

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