Spalding United v Boston Town (Saturday, 3pm)
LIAM Bull should make his Tulips debut in this tasty-looking Lincolnshire derby.
The ex-Lincoln City youth team captain completed his move from Evo-Stik League First Division South outfit Lincoln United earlier this week.
Bull, who is equally comfortable in defence or midfield, is expected to replace the suspended Josh Ford at right back.
Boss Pat Rayment, who is likely to tinker with his formation against the Poachers at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, is relishing seeing Bull in blue.
He said: “Liam’s obviously been playing at a higher level and is a player I’ve always rated.
“He’s had a bit of an injury-ravaged season and has struggled to get a game, so we’re pleased to be able to offer him that.”
Signing Bull has eased Rayment’s selection headache somewhat, with his squad down to the bare bones.
With Ford banned, Ryan O’Loughlin joining Brigg Town, the availability of Callum Earls unclear and Danny Hussey out for the season, Spalding are braced for a tricky end to the campaign.
Having won just one of his five games in charge, Rayment has endured a tough start to life at the club. The ex-Peterborough United professional has made it clear that the real work starts in the summer – but he’s not willing to let the current UCL Premier Division season fizzle out.
He added: “It’s a local derby and the truth is I don’t know what I’m going to get from the lads.
“Our problems this season have been self-inflicted and our Achilles heel is conceding poor goals.
“I scrutinise everything and everyone, but at the moment it’s hard to be too critical as the team is very young.
“What I want to see is a bit more concentration and it’d be great to keep a clean sheet.”
Boston come into the derby in decent form, having held leaders King’s Lynn Town 1-1 on Tuesday night.
Ex-Tulip Jammal Shahin was on target for the Poachers.