Thursday’s football transfer deadline day saw clubs across Britain scrambling for players – with Spalding United and Holbeach United both getting in on the action.
Although UCL Premier Division clubs aren’t bound by the window, bosses Pat Rayment and John Chand couldn’t resist doing a bit of wheeler-dealing.
The Tulips swooped to sign Worksop Town’s Lee Beeson for an undisclosed fee, while the Tigers re-signed striker Ashley Stevens from rivals Deeping Rangers.
League leaders Holbeach were also in the running for ex-Stamford winger Beeson, but were outgunned by a superior offer from their South Holland neighbours.
He could be joined at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field by Stamford’s Michael Jacklin, with Spalding slapping in a seven-day notice of approach for his services.
Rated as “top notch” by Rayment, Beeson has been handed a contract at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field – and his signing has got the Tulips boss pretty excited.
He said: “Lee’s a player I’ve always wanted – and the opportunity to sign him suddenly exploded out of nowhere.
“He’s such a good player. He works very hard, has excellent delivery from both crosses and set pieces – and he also gets a lot of goals from the wing.
“I’d go as far as saying his distribution is as good as anyone at this level.
“He’s available to play in the FA Vase too, which will obviously boost our chances.”
Holbeach chief Chand agrees that Beeson will boost Spalding’s hopes of success this season, but was more than happy to have clinched a deal for Stevens.
The hitman scored 25 goals for the Carter’s Park club last season, before moving to Deeping. He started this season with Spalding, only to move to Rangers once again.
Chand, who has been searching for a striker since losing Jason Turner to Kettering Town last month, insists that he’ll be welcomed back with open arms.
He said: “Ash didn’t leave on bad terms last year. It was better for us both that he left – and now it’s better for us both that he’s back.
“He got a lot of goals last season and his arrival will ease the burden on Andrew Tidswell and Tommy Treacher.
“Ash will always get goals and I’m glad to have him back.”
Stevens’ second coming does spell the end for Liam Harrold’s Holbeach career, though. The much-travelled forward, who has been struggling for fitness, has been released by Chand.