FOOTBALL: Big turnout wanted for Tulips’ pre-season finale

Pat Rayment.
Pat Rayment.
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Pat Rayment wants Spalding United’s fans to turn out in force for their final pre-season game of the summer this Saturday.

The Tulips host Southern League Division One Central outfit Kettering Town at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field (3pm) – and boss Rayment is planning to field his strongest possible side.

Andrew Tidswell, Lee Canoville, Jamie Stevens and Miles Chamberlain are Spalding’s only absentees ahead of their last game before the UCL Premier Division opener at home to Northampton Sileby Rangers on Saturday week.

Rayment said: “I hope the fans come down and take a look at us. They will bring plenty of support, so it’d be nice if we could match them.

“It’ll be a tough game, I know Kettering are aiming for promotion. The plan is to field the side we’d like to start the league season with.”

Spalding have confirmed a deal to bring winger Matty O’Neill back to the club, but are unlikely to seal a permanent move for on-trial defender Nathan Horne.

Former Tulips striker Gary King played 70 minutes on trial for King’s Lynn Town in a 5-4 win at St Neots Town on Tuesday night.