Fierce rivals Holbeach United and Spalding United meet for the third time this season tonight (Wednesday) when they clash at Carter’s Park in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy.
The on-form Tulips have won the bragging rights so far, with a 4-0 home FA Cup win back in August and a 5-0 away victory last month.
But the Tigers, who have won the Trophy for the last two seasons, also go into the quarter final tie on a rich run of form after five consecutive victories.
Tulips boss Pat Rayment admitted yesterday he is struggling to fill the substitutes’ bench after losing players for various reasons.
Lee Canoville and Peter Bore have joined Lee Beeson and Jonny Allen on the treatment table, Mark Jones and Tom Roberts are cup tied, Sam Mullarkey unwell and Danny Hussey unavailable.
Trialist Louis Robinson (see page 62) did not sign forms in time to play in the game, although Rayment can bring in winger Jamie Thurlbourne, who has been playing for Ridgeons League side Newmarket but is dual registered.
“We are down to the bare bones but I will still be able to put a strong side out,” said Rayment. We absolutely want to win this competition... we want to win everything.
“Holbeach have done well lately and that willhave given them confidence, plus the fact it’s a derby game will put an extra spring in their step.”
Tigers chief Glen Maddison welcomes back Joe Braithwaite after suspension but loses Tommy Treacher, who is cup tied and likely to be replaced by the veteran Ian Dunn.
“We have improved in recent games after losing to them twice, and this will be a good measure of the progress we have made,” said Maddison.
“It was men against boys last time we played and we hardly got in their half.
“I want to see us really compete this time out. That is all I can ask for.”
Maddison was aware of Rayment’s depleted squad, but added: “They will still be a really strong side.
“They are a team with so much quality in it. We know how good they are as individuals and as a group.
“I was not surprised at all when they put ten past Boston recently.
“In fact I was only surprised they hadn’t made a few more teams suffer like that.
“They are too good for the United Counties League.”
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