NEW Spalding United signing Simon Mowbray has fanned the flames of an old rivalry by insisting: “We’ll finish above Holbeach United.”
After spending the last few months of the season with the Tigers, Mowbray (pictured) has decided to cross the South Holland divide and sign up for a second stint at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
The striker admits he had an offer to stay at Holbeach, but the vision of Tulips’ boss Andy Stanhope turned his head.
After shaking hands on a deal with Spalding, Mowbray is confident of a top three finish in the UCL Premier Division.
He said: “I always said I’d keep my options open this summer. After speaking to Stan he sold the club to me, he’s the kind of guy that players want to work with.
“I spoke to John Chand about staying with Holbeach, but I think Spalding will be the stronger side and we’ll finish above them.
“Obviously the derby with the Tigers will have a bit of extra spice for me now and it’ll be one that fans look out for.
“But I think we’ll be competing with the likes of King’s Lynn and Newport Pagnell, they’ll be the teams the beat.
“There’s no reason why we can’t be in the top three or even higher.”
Mowbray was part of a five-man Tulips transfer coup last week, with Liam Harrold, Dan French, Luke McShane and Danny Hussey also making the Halley Stewart switch.
The hot-shot reckons Spalding are building a formidable squad – and has warned their rivals that more new faces are on the way.
Mowbray added: “Stan is using his contacts really well and I’m sure he’s got more players lined up.
“If selected, I’m looking forward to playing with Liam. I think we will complement each other well, he’s the kind of target man I like to play off.”
Mowbray last played for the Tulips in the 2009/10 season, where he finished as top scorer in a poor side. He also smashed five goals in two games against Spalding for rivals Stamford last year.
But he reckons that there is a more positive feel about the club since their relegation from Evo-Stik League First Division South last season.
The striker said: “Obviously Spalding didn’t have the best side last year, while we struggled a little when I last played for the club.
“But that’s in the past. We’re building a good team and hopefully a few more fans will come back through the gate if the performances are better.”
Meanwhile, Spalding supremo Stanhope told the Spalding Guardian on Wednesday that he has put an offer on the table for a “top signing”.
He has also added Moulton Harrox goal-machine Josh Ford and Spalding Athletic youngster Jordan Hayes to his list of new captures.
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