TULIPS: Firm favourites for Vase clash

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Spalding United are overwhelming favourites for Saturday’s FA Vase trip to Sutton Town (3pm).

The Tulips’ Nottinghamshire-based hosts ply their trade in step seven of the non-league ladder – the local equivalent of the Peteborough Premier Division.

Newly-formed in 2007, Sutton lead the way in the Central Midlands League South and beat UCL Premier Division outfit Sleaford Town en route to the third round.

Spalding boss Pat Rayment, who should have keeper Alex Street available for a debut, is refusing to under-estimate Saturday’s opponents. He said: “Obviously people will look at this one on paper and say we’ve had an easy draw. I can tell you now, they’ll win their league.

“That breeds confidence and this kind of tie is always dangerous. But if we work hard and play like I know we can, obviously I’d hope that my team would progress.”

Kieran Doherty is back from his ban, while Jay Smedley could also return.