Changing leagues was a great move for Town

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Chris Page could hardly have asked for a better first year as manager of Spalding Town.

He led the club to league and cup glory in their first season in the Peterborough and District League, having switched from the Boston and District League.

He said: “I used to play in the Peterborough and District League and thought it was the best way forward if we played there.

“I felt we would be good enough to play in Division Two but, being a new club to the league, they put us into Division Four.

“At the start of the season my target was promotion, whether we finished first or second, and a decent cup run so to win the league and cup was very pleasing.”

With a young squad of 
local lads, the Punchbowl-sponsored side took the league by storm with just one defeat in 24 league games.

Gareth Bailey missed a quarter of the season with a broken arm but was hugely influential as Town conceded just 2o goals en route to the title.

“He was faultless at centre-half,” said Page. “He did a great job and he also has a long throw which he can launch to around the penalty spot.”

While Bailey was immense at the back, Town had a 48-goal strike partnership that tore opposition defences apart.

Polish hot-shot Tomasz Rabiega has been with the club since coming to the UK six years ago.

Page, whose father Barry acts as assistant manager, said: “I think he thought he had joined Spalding United but he has been great for us.

“He is a big guy with a great touch and he can certainly put the ball in the net.”

Strike partner Markus Pell weighed in with 22 goals in his first season at this level.

Page said: “Markus was our signing of the season. He’s got bags of pace and he linked up really well with Tomasz.

“We spotted him playing indoor football at Castle Sports on a Tuesday night and he had a great season.

“I am confident we can go up again next season and I’m sure we’ll keep the team together as they are all local lads and hopefully I can add some new players as well.”