Three Tigers join the Tulips

Tiger to Tulip: Jamie Stevens
Tiger to Tulip: Jamie Stevens
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While Holbeach have been licking their wounds, it’s been business as usual down the road at rivals Spalding.

Manager Pat Rayment moved to sign four new players this week, including three who have defected from the Tigers.

Joining the Tulips are defenders Jamie Stevens and Adam Jackson and midfielders Jonny Allen and Lewis Webb, from Corby Town.

Rayment said Stevens is the best defender in the United Counties League, who will get even sharper and fitter under Spalding’s training regime.

Allen deservedly won lots of individual awards at Holbeach and is capable of raising his level even higher while Jackson is a player with a great desire to achieve, he added.

Webb captained St Neots to two successive promotions from Spalding’s current Step 5 level to Step 3 and can also score 25 goals a season.

“We are in a position that when good players become available we will put in for them,” the Spalding chief told the Guardian.

“We will benefit from having the nucleus of the squad that just missed out on promotion last season.

“But what I have added with these four lads is the ingredients that were missing.”

Rayment, who was also delighted that striker Gary King has decided to stay on, added: “We are still looking for two or three more but I want players who can commit to us and train twice a week. If you are paying good money that is what you expect.”

Rayment has also failed in bids to sign former Peterborough player Gareth Jelleyman and ex-King’s Lynn striker Russell Dunkley.

On fellow manager John Chand’s resignation from Holbeach, he added: “What he did was to get a group of good, but not great, individuals and gel them into a title winning team, filling all the right niches. He deserves all the accolades.”