TULIPS: James makes exit ahead of cup clash

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Talented young gun Tom James has joined Deeping Rangers from Spalding United after falling out of favour at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

Tulips chief Pat Rayment waved Deeping’s need to make a seven-day approach for the winger, who was left out of the squad for the FA Vase loss to Guernsey.

Rayment, who is hopeful of clinching a big loan deal before Saturday’s home UCL League Cup clash with Cogenhoe United (3pm), said that James “needs games” at this stage of his career.

The ex-Peterborough United professional also insisted that his side are very much in the hunt for a UCL league and cup double.

He said: “Tom needs games and we can’t give him that, so it was a straightforward move. I wish him well.

“It’s no slight on him, as we have the best players in the league at Spalding. But what we don’t have is the best team – yet.

“Obviously we’ll have one eye on the St Ives v Holbeach game on Saturday. It could be a defining moment in the season. We’re taking the cup very seriously – we have to.

“We’re playing catch-up in the league, but are capable of winning every game left.”