TULIPS: Spalding bidding to shoot down Star

ON HIS WAY? Gary King, pictured scoring on his Spalding debut against Ely City, has an offer from Corby Town.
ON HIS WAY? Gary King, pictured scoring on his Spalding debut against Ely City, has an offer from Corby Town.

A place in the UCL Knockout Cup semi-final is up for grabs tonight as Spalding United host Peterborough Northern Star (7.45pm).

The Tulips, who saw Saturday’s trip to Cogenhoe called off, will face fierce rivals Holbeach United in the last four if both South Holland sides progress.

Holbeach host Yaxley in their last eight tie on Wednesday night (7.45pm) – but for Spalding chief Pat Rayment, it’s all about getting his side on the pitch.

Rayment said: “We’ve just not been able to get any kind of momentum going with so many fixtures being called off. It’ll just be a bonus to get the game on.

“What I will say is that we’re gelling well as a squad – which is good for us and bad for everybody else.

“PNS are a much better side than their league position suggests. I saw them beat St Ives on Saturday and they put in a good shift.

“It’s all about us, really. If we turn up and play, I expect us to progress. That’s all that matters, the fact that we could play Holbeach next isn’t really a concern for us.”

Cup-tied left back Nick Jackson misses the match after playing for Deeping Rangers earlier in the competition, but new recruit Jake Gibson should make his Tulips debut.

Striker Gary King is mulling over a move to Corby Town, which would see him move on dual forms.

King, only signed from Stamford a few months ago, has been a revelation at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field since his arrival.

Follow @LFPSport on Twitter for live updates from the cup clash.

• Saturday’s postponed trip to Cogenhoe United has been rearranged for this Tuesday night (7.45pm), meaning the duo will play twice in the space of four days. The Cooks visit the Sir Halley on Saturday (3pm).