FOOTBALL: Two derbies on the cards in UCL League Cup

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AN explosive start to the United Counties League season is in prospect after rivals Spalding United and Holbeach United were paired together in the first round of the League KO Cup.

The duo, who have been trading blows in our sports pages over the summer, will meet at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field in round one if the Tigers can see off Daventry United in the preliminary round.

Bourne Town and Deeping Rangers have also been drawn together in the opening round and will clash at the Abbey Lawn if the Wakes can defeat Eynesbury Rovers.

Full draw: Preliminary round – Yaxley v Long Buckby; Thrapston v Blackstones; Daventry United v Holbeach Utd; Peterborough Northern Star v Huntingdon; King’s Lynn v AFC Kempston; Bourne Town v Eynesbury.

First round – Wellingborough v Rothwell Town; Buckingham v Peterborough Northern Star or Huntingdon; King’s Lynn or AFC Kempston v Raunds; Desborough v Bugbrooke SM; Stewarts & Lloyds v Harborough; Potton v Irchester; Whitworth v Rushden & Higham; Sleaford Town v Cogenhoe Utd; Northampton Spencer v Burton PW; Spalding Utd v Daventry Utd or Holbeach Utd; Boston Town v Wootton BC; ON Chenecks v St Ives; Yaxley or Long Buckby v Olney; Newport Pagnell v Rothwell Corinthians; Thrapston or Blackstones v Sileby; Bourne Town or Eynesbury v Deeping Rangers.