TULIPS: Signing spree to lift Spalding – Pat

SPALDING SWITCH: Gary King (right) has swapped Stamford for the Tulips. Photo: Geoff Atton
SPALDING SWITCH: Gary King (right) has swapped Stamford for the Tulips. Photo: Geoff Atton
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Defiant Spalding United manager Pat Rayment has refused to give up on the UCL Premier Division title – and has launched a signing spree to boost their chances.

The Tulips go into 2013 a massive 20 points behind rivals Holbeach United in the table, but still have four trophies and a possible promotion to play for.

Spalding are still in the FA Vase, Lincs FA Senior Trophy and the UCL League Cup, while Rayment has challenged his side to win each and every one of their remaining 19 league games in a bid to overhaul the table-topping Tigers.

With that in mind, he’s swooped to sign highly-rated striker Gary King from Evo-Stik League First Division South side Stamford.

A central defender and left midfielder are set to follow later in the week, as Rayment bids to launch an all-out assault for success.

He said: “I go into the new year full of optimism. These three signings will give us a very strong squad of 18 or 19.

“We’ve made no secret of the fact that we want to progress and, to borrow a phrase from King’s Lynn boss Gary Setchell, I don’t want to be in the UCL anymore.

“Holbeach have been lucky to get games on over the past few weeks and they’ll have an easier run in, while we’ll be playing three times a week, every week. But that’s OK. I’ve challenged the lads to win all 19 of their remaining league games and if we can’t catch Holbeach, second could still be enough to go up.

“Signing Gary King boosts our chances. He’s as good as a Shane Tolley or Franny Green.

“The other two signings will raise eyebrows, too.”