FOOTBALL: Fresh foes for rivals after ‘clasico’ clash

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Rivals Spalding United and Holbeach United both step into the unknown on Saturday.

Just three days after last night’s ‘South Holland clasico’, the Tulips host Olney Town in the UCL Knockout Cup and the Tigers visit Blaby and Whetstone in the FA Vase (both 3pm).

Starting with Spalding, boss Pat Rayment is expected to make a few changes against mid-table UCL Division One outfit Olney. Jake Gibson, Danny Steadman, Sam Mullarkey and Matty O’Neill should all start as the Tulips get their defence of the trophy started.

Rayment said: “It’s important that a few lads get valuable pitch time. It’s a long old season and all will be needed.”

The Tigers, meanwhile, make the trip to Leicestershire to take on ECL Premier Division side Blaby.

Boss Glen Maddison, who is without the cup tied Tommy Treacher, feels the tie will be an ‘escape’ for his flagging side. He said: “We’ve had a tough run in the league, so this is something different – an escape from our form.

“They play good football and it’ll be a test, but we want to win. There’s good money up for grabs and it’s an important competition.”