FOOTBALL: Tulips Nick Rangers left back Jackson

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Pat Rayment has solved Spalding United’s left back problem by snapping up Nick Jackson from rivals Deeping Rangers.

Jackson, who worked with the Tulips chief during a spell with Stamford, agreed a move to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Wednesday.

Rayment has been on the look out for a left-sider since the departures of Callum Earls and Josh Freeman.

And while Jamie Thurlbourne has done a job there in recent weeks, he is now expected to be pushed further forward as the Tulips continue their pursuit of a United Counties League double.

“I’m pleased to have Nick on board,” said Rayment. “He’s got great ability and is more than capable of playing at a higher level.

“I’ve been looking for a left back for quite some time and it’s great to have got it sorted.

“With Tyrone Kirk’s availability likely to be limited, it’ll allow us to utilise Jamie Thurlbourne in his preferred position too.”

Jackson goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s UCL Premier Division trip to lowly Wellingborough Town. He’s joined by returning trio Chris Hall, Danny Steadman and Tony Battersby – who all missed Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Desborough.

Hosts Wellingborough find themselves in the bottom four, but are unbeaten in their last five league outings.

Rayment added: “Every team in the UCL wants to beat us, we’re perhaps the biggest scalp – so we’ll have to show a good work ethic. We beat them 5-2 not so long ago, but they certainly showed plenty of fight. It won’t be easy.

“If we can win all of our games in March, it sets up the Holbeach game (April 1) beautifully.”

Meanwhile, Spalding have put in a seven-day notice of approach for Stamford midfielder Jake Gibson.

A long-term target of Rayment, the move for the left-sider went in on Wednesday afternoon.

Gibson joined the Daniels from Lincoln City last season and had a brief stint with Lincoln United towards the end of the campaign.