TIGERS EXIT: Ross Watson, pictured on Saturday. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN

Transfer latest: Watson leaves Tigers as Tulips and Pinchbeck swoop

TIGERS EXIT: Ross Watson, pictured on Saturday. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN

TIGERS EXIT: Ross Watson, pictured on Saturday. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN

South Holland trio Spalding United, Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United were all involved in transfers on Monday.

Spalding swooped to seal a deal for former Worksop Town, Gainsborough Trinity and Alfreton forward Ash Burberry as Pat Rayment looks to add the finishing touches to his squad.

Burberry, who is 24, can play either on the wing or in attack and worked with Tulips’ number two Marcus Ebdon at Alfreton.

On his latest signing, Rayment said: “Ash has a good relationship with Marcus and the move makes sense for both of us.

“We now have a lot of options going forward and everybody will have to play for their shirt. We’re working as close as we can to being a proper club and nobody is guaranteed a start.

“People will scoff at that, but we tried doing it with local lads. We don’t want players here that are looking for an easy ride and Ash fits the bill perfectly.”

Meanwhile, Holbeach have lost the services of former Spalding defender Ross Watson. The right back, who played 70 minutes in Saturday’s 4-0 friendly win over Louth Town, has rejoined King’s Lynn Town.

Pinchbeck have added two former double winners to their squad by signing former Boston Town midfielder Ollie Maltby and naming Kev Maltby as assistant manager.

Both were vital members of the side that won the Peterborough Premier Division and PFA Senior Cup under player/boss Ian Dunn – and he’s delighted to have them back.

Dunn said: “I’m really pleased to have Kev back on board, he was fantastic for us last time and will be another great asset for us.

“He is a popular figure at the club and he is the right man to help me take this young team forward.

“As for Ollie, at 22 he is still young but very experienced at this level having won two trophies with us last time.

“He was at Boston with Matt Hocking and I – and performed very well there, so has experience of playing at a higher level which is crucial for us.

“This is one of the reasons he will be our skipper this year.”

In tonight’s pre-season friendlies Spalding host Boston United (7.45pm) and Holbeach make the trip to Gainsborough Trinity (7.45pm). ¬†Pinchbeck host Swineshead tomorrow (6.30pm).

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