FOOTBALL: Tulips not a shoo-in for UCL title – Hussey

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Experienced player/coach Danny Hussey has played down Spalding United’s pre-season tag of title favourites.

Hussey, who has been putting the Tulips through their paces in training, is impressed with the seven summer signings made by boss Pat Rayment.

The likes of Jamie Stevens, Andrew Tidswell, Nathan Stainfield and Lewis Webb have been added to a squad that finished third in the UCL Premier Division last term. But the veteran defender reckons Wisbech Town, AFC Rushden and Diamonds and Huntingdon Town – to name but a few – will prove tough opponents.

“The squad is definitely looking strong,” said the left-footer. “It’s important that we’ve got everyone in place for the start of the season.

“Last year, we ended up with a very strong side. But it took us a while to get there and sadly we fell just short.

“Everyone is saying that we’re favourites, but I don’t buy into it. Wisbech will be strong, while both Rushden and Huntingdon look to be building good sides.”

Saturday’s friendly at Hucknall Town has been called off, while Luke Kennedy has moved to Peterborough Northern Star.