FOOTBALL: Tulips’ anger at prospect of third postponement

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Furious Spalding United boss Pat Rayment is wrestling with the prospect of having a third successive league match postponed.

Saturday’s trip to Wellingborough Town has a big question mark over it because of the state of the Dog and Duck pitch, but the Northamptonshire club have refused an offer to switch the fixture.

Angry Rayment said: “One end of their pitch is under one-and-a-half feet of water.

“We’re due to play them at Spalding on December 29 so we’ve said let’s play that one this weekend. The league ratified it and said just sort it out between yourselves but Wellingborough have said no. It’s ridiculous.”

Wellingborough Town secretary Mick Walden told the Spalding Guardian Wednesday: “We’ve had no training facilities this week and if we played the fixture at Spalding this Saturday we can’t reverse the fixture at the end of December because we’re on a ground share. A combination of both of those issues led us to the decision.”

He added that there was still a chance this weekend’s scheduled fixture will go ahead.

Rayment is concerned about the lack of league action for his title challengers.

On Tuesday his side lost 3-2 to Blue Square Bet Conference North side Histon in a friendly.

Tulips’ leading scorer Shane Tolley scored twice on his return to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field after last month’s switch to the Cambridgeshire club. Goals for the Tulips, who trailed 2-0 and 3-1, came from TJ Nightingale and Luke Kennedy.

Rayment said left-back Josh Freeman’s debut was “very pleasing” but the goals conceded were “horrendous”.

The match marked the return from injury after five weeks for club skipper Lee Canoville.

Meanwhile, talks are under way with King’s Lynn Town right-sided defender/midfielder Pat Bexfield.

The Tulips are at home to Deeping Rangers on Tuesday (7.45pm).