FOOTBALL: Tulips’ set for titanic tussle

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One of the biggest games of the UCL Premier Division season so far sees Spalding United visit St Ives Town tonight (7.45pm).

Two of the league’s top three will square off at Westwood Road, with the second-placed Saints three points clear of the Tulips having played a game more.

Leaders Holbeach United saw their scheduled game at St Ives called off on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch, but Spalding chief Pat Rayment expects the game to be on.

Rayment said: “They’ve applied for promotion too, so finishing above them is vital. If we can’t win the league, whoever finishes second should go up.

“We’ll have to compete with their physicality, but we can certainly hurt them with our mobility.

“Obviously them not having (former St Ives striker) Conor Washington anymore is key. He was so good that he would have won the league on his own for them. I’d go as far as saying they’d have it wrapped up by now if he was still with them.”

St Ives won 3-1 at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field the last time the duo met back in September.

The Tulips are without defender Miles Chamberlain, but winger Tyrone Kirk is available to make his debut.

Follow @LFPSport on Twitter for updates from the game and see Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for a report and reaction.