FOOTBALL: Tulips relegated after loss, great Tigers comeback

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SPALDING United’s relegation from Evo-Stik League First Division South was confirmed after a 3-1 loss at Kidsgrove Athletic on Saturday, while Holbeach United came from behind to beat Daventry United 4-2.

Needing nothing less than a win to keep their survival hopes alive, the Tulips were dead and buried at half time thanks to goals from Karl Charlton (5), Matt Haddrell (19) and Nick Ward (34).

Josh Nodder (83) did pull one back for Andy Stanhope’s men, but the damage was already done.

Read Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press for the full story of Spalding’s relegation.

Down in the division the Tulips should be gracing next year, Holbeach’s improved UCL Premier Division form continued.

Despite once trailing 2-0 at Daventry, goals from Simon Mowbray (2), Tommy Treacher and Shaun Keeble helped the Tigers complete a double over their hosts. It’s now five wins in seven games for John Chand’s men.

It wasn’t such good news for rivals Deeping Rangers, who lost a thriller 4-3 at resurgent Wellingborough Town.

Meanwhile, the UCL’s King’s Lynn Town FC suffered a crushing 3-0 defeat at Coalville in the first leg of their FA Vase semi-final, leaving their Wembley dream in tatters.

Elsewhere, Pinchbeck now look hot favourites for the Peterborough Premier Division title.

Goals from Bobby Patterson, Jamie Cartlidge, Lee Marshall and Liam Harrison helped them beat Stamford Bels 4-0, while leaders Uppingham lost 4-2 at Coates Athletic.

Pete Roberts’ charges are now just six points behind the leaders with four games in hand.

Rivals Moulton Harrox also picked up a massive result as they booked their place in the PFA Senior Cup final.

They defeated Rutland Rangers 3-1 thanks to strikes from Dan Woods (2) and Josh Ford. Harrox face Ramsey Town in a mouth-watering final.