Tidswell in talks over Tigers return

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Andrew Tidswell could rejoin Holbeach United from Spalding United.

The Tigers were given permission on Wednesday afternoon to speak to the striker after Tulips boss Pat Rayment made a decision to cancel Tidswell’s contract due to work commitments, subject to a deal being agreed.

Holbeach joint-manager John Chand said: “I’ve always made it clear that we would be interested in signing him if he became available.

“I think he’s the best striker I have worked with at this level.”

Meanwhile, the Tulips have agreed one-month loan deals for Lincoln City teenagers Alex Simmons and Elliot Hodge.

Centre-forward Simmons has recently returned from a spell with Boston United while right-winger Hodge is the son of former England, Tottenham Hotspur and Nottingham Forest midfielder Steve.

Rayment added: “They trained with us on Tuesday night and looked very sharp.”

Spalding striker Ryan Oliver will be allowed to play for his former club Deeping Rangers or Boston Town in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division.

Simmons and Hodge will make their debuts for the Tulips in Saturday’s trip to odds-on title favourites Mickleover Sports in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.

Rayment said: “We have always known where we are at because no-one else in our league has put together an unbeaten run like we had until last week with 12 league wins and three draws.

“Nobody in the top eight had the start we went through so we could be even better off.

“I think this is the perfect game for us to bounce back from that first defeat in 16 league games.

“Mickleover have lost the same number of games as ourselves but I’m sure there are going to be a lot of twists and turns during the run-in.

“We know any team can beat anyone else which makes this league very exciting and very competitive.

“Mickleover will probably be wary of us as ‘a wounded animal’ and they might think this is the worst time to play 
us after a defeat.

“We beat them comprehensively in the Doodson Sport Cup but they play a very similar style to ourselves.

“We have got to play them twice in the league and next week we are at home to Sutton Coldfield Town.

“But I don’t look at those games any differently to facing Market Drayton Town and Brigg Town after then.”