FOOTBALL: Rivals set for Lincs Cup duels

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COUNTY rivals Spalding United, Deeping Rangers and Holbeach United begin their respective quests for Lincs FA Senior Shied glory tonight (Tuesday).

The Tulips visit Boston Town, while Deeping play host to holders Holbeach at Outgang Road (both 7.45pm).

Spalding supremo Pat Rayment has signalled his intent to win the competition and wants to erase the memory of a scruffy 3-3 draw at Tattershall Road back in August.

Chris Hall, Scott Musgrove, Kieran Doherty and Jay Smedley all miss the trip, but Danny Steadman is set to return.

“Obviously we’re in it to win it,” said Rayment. “We view all the cup competitions as important and want to set the record straight after that 3-3 draw.”

Deeping player/boss Tuncay Korkmaz is also hopeful of going all the way in the competition, but Tigers chief John Chand isn’t too fussed about a competion his side won last year.

Korkmaz, who has a number of players – including striker Alex Beck – struggling with injury, said: “Every game is important and we’re out of the other cups. We want to win it.”

In contrast, Chand plans to give a number of reserve teams players a run out.

He said: “The league is our priority and I won’t risk player injuries ahead of Saturday’s game at Newport Pagnell. Another trip to Lincoln City would be great, but a league medal would be better.”