FOOTBALL: Tulips and Jon are Fairweather friends

U-TURN: Jon Fairweather (right) will be back in Wisbech colours this weekend. ''Photo: TIM SMITH
U-TURN: Jon Fairweather (right) will be back in Wisbech colours this weekend. ''Photo: TIM SMITH

Spalding United boss Pat Rayment has revealed his surprise after seeing Jon Fairweather and Sam Mullarkey leave the club.

Defender Fairweather has returned to UCL Premier Division rivals Wisbech Town, while hitman Mullarkey notched twice on his debut fo higher-graded Grantham Town at the weekend.

Although neither were considered regular starters, Rayment felt both players had plenty to offer the title-chasing Tulips.

“I’m a bit disappointed,” said the Spalding supremo. “Jon had only recently told us that he was very happy at Spalding.

“He them came to us with a change of heart and said he wanted to go back to Wisbech.

“I wish him all the best, but it’s a real shame as he didn’t really give himself a chance here.

“I think the return of Dick Creasey played a big part in his thought process.

“As for Sam, he is a player that hadn’t played in the UCL before. He’s better suited at a higher level and I don’t think the club saw the best of him.”

UCL Premier Division leaders Spalding welcome basement boys Harborough Town to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Saturday (3pm).

A massive 58 points seperate the duo, but Rayment is taking nothing for granted.

He added: “Mark my words, it won’t be easy – they have really picked up lately. We still have plenty of work to do to win this league title.”

Amazingly, Spalding’s leading scorer Andrew Tidswell (30) has scored 13 more UCL Premier Division goals than the entire Harborough squad (17) have managed this season.

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