FOOTBALL: Wins for Tulips and Deeping and Tigers crash again

HITMAN: Andrew Tidswell netted twice for Spalding.
HITMAN: Andrew Tidswell netted twice for Spalding.
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Spalding United and Deeping Rangers continued in their winning ways in the UCL Premier Division on Saturday, but Holbeach United slumped to their ninth loss on the bounce.

Starting with the Tulips, they made it 11 wins from as many league games with a 2-1 triumph over Yaxley at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

Leading scorer Andrew Tidswell (3 and 85) bagged a brace for Pat Rayment’s men - but Andy Furnell’s injury-time consolation did end their record of nine clean sheets (league) in a row.

Tidswell clinically converted an early opener when he raced onto a Sam Mullarkey pass and slotted low into the corner with his weaker left foot.

It was pretty mundane stuff after that, but the Tulips always looked in command. They did, however, lose star winger Lee Beeson to a nasty-looking groin injury on 44 minutes.

Tidswell eventually sealed the points five minutes from time when he finished off a rebound from Danny Steadman’s initial shot, which bounced back off Aaron Butcher.

Spalding left the field with a hint of disappointment though, as veteran striker Furnell bundled home a last-gasp consolation to end their clean-sheet spree.

Although they remain perfect in the UCL Premier Division, Deeping stay a point clear of Spalding after seeing off basement boys Harborough Town 2-0 at Outgang Road.

Scott Ginty (36) and Mitch Griffiths (58) fired the goals for Tuncay Korkmaz’s table-toppers, who now have 11 wins from 13 league games.

But Holbeach United continue to toil, as Newport Pagnell handed them a 4-1 reverse. Glen Maddison’s men are in freefall and slip into 16th place.

In UCL Division One, Bourne Town put up a cracking fight against leaders Oadby Town before going down 4-2 at the Abbey Lawn.

John Currall netted both goals for the Wakes, but they slip into the bottom two and have won just one of their 17 league matches so far this term.

More football in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.


• UCL Premier Division: Boston Town 1 Peterborough Northern Star 2; Deeping Rangers 2 Harborough Town 0; Desborough Town 0 Cogenhoe United 2; Long Buckby 1 Huntingdon Town 2; Newport Pagnell Town 4 Holbeach United 1; Sleaford Town 2 Northampton Sileby Rangers 1; Spalding United 2 Yaxley 1; Wellingborough Town 1 Stewarts & Lloyds Corby 0; Wisbech Town 1 AFC Rushden & Diamonds 1.

• UCL Division One: Blackstones 3 Buckingham Town 1; Bourne Town 2 Oadby Town 4; Olney Town 1 Irchester United 2; Potton United 1 Lutterworth Athletic 2; St Neots Town Saints 3 Harrowby United 6; Thrapston Town 2 Eynesbury Rovers 5; Woodford United 2 Rothwell Corinthians 6.

• ChromaSport Peterborough League: Premier Division: Crowland Town 4 Oakham United 2; King’s Lynn Town Reserves 1 Deeping Rangers Reserves 0; Leverington Sports 0 Moulton Harrox 2; Netherton United 6 Whittlesey Blue Star 0; Parson Drove 0 Sawtry 4; Pinchbeck United 1 Whittlesey United 1.

Division One: Holbeach United Res 4 Stamford Belvedere 1; Moulton Harrox Res 2 Peterborough ICA Sports Res 2; Ryhall United 0 Ketton 1; Sutton Bridge United 4 Netherton United Res 3.

Division Two: Baston 1 Langtoft United Res 3; Oakham United Res 3 Gedney Hill 3; Oundle Town 3 Pinchbeck United Res 4; Peterborough ICA Sports A 2 Crowland Town Res 3; Peterborough Rovers 3 Long Sutton Athletic Res 2; Ramsey Town Res 2 Leverington Sports Res 2.

Division Three: Ketton Res 1 Farcet United Res 0; Kings Cliffe Res 3 Parkside 3; Sawtry Res 1 Parkway Eagles 2; Stilton United Res 0 Thorney Res 2; Uppingham Town Res 2 Wittering 3; Netherton United A 2 Riverside Res 2.

Division Four: Peterborough Sports A 2 Warboys Town Res 4; Ryhall United A 2 Sutton Bridge United Res 3; Spalding Town 6 Pinchbeck United A 0; Stamford Belvedere Res 3 Hampton Sport 3; Tydd St Mary 3 Baston Res 3.

•Champion Shield: Long Sutton Athletic 2 Kings Cliffe 1.