TULIPS: Red-hot Dan desperate for promotion

PURPLE PATCH: Dan Cotton has nine goals in his last six games.
PURPLE PATCH: Dan Cotton has nine goals in his last six games.
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“He’s the hottest property in the UCL right now,” enthused Spalding United manager Pat Rayment on Wednesday.

He was talking about attacker Dan Cotton, who has helped himself to an impressive 20 goals for the Tulips the season.

Recently converted from a winger to a centre forward, Cotton has been the revelation of Spalding’s season so far.

And it seems the feeling is mutual, with the former Stamford ace admitting he’s having one of his best seasons to date.

Red-hot Cotton has notched nine goals in his last six games, ranking him among the UCL Premier Division’s most feared marksmen

“I couldn’t be happier,” said Cotton. “Obviously it’s nice to be scoring so many goals, but it’s even better when the team is winning.

“I’ve always played on the left or right, but Pat put me up front against St Ives and I’ve been there ever since. To be honest I’m really enjoying it.”

Although Spalding sit 17 points behind leaders Holbeach United in third, they remain very much in the title race with four games in hand.

The Tulips face a critical Easter period, with home games against Shepshed Dynamo (Saturday) and then Holbeach on Monday (3pm).

Cotton concedes that his side need to win all 11 of their remaining games to have a chance of winning the title. But he’s also excited about the prospect of securing promotion from the UCL Premier Division.

“I’ve never been in a side that’s been promoted from the UCL,” added Cotton, who previously played at Step Five with Blackstones. “It’d be great to do that with Spalding and I’d love to be here next season – if Pat will have me.

“We need to beat Holbeach on Monday and put some pressure on them.

“They’ve beaten us twice this season, so we want to get a bit of revenge.

“They’ve got some tough games left, but we’ll need to win all of our games to have any chance of catching them.”