TULIPS: Spalding ready for Vase trip, ‘clasico’ to be rearranged

TULIPS TARGET: Jamie Clarke.
TULIPS TARGET: Jamie Clarke.
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The two-week football drought ends tonight as Spalding United finally visit Ely City in the FA Vase.

Pat Rayment’s Tulips were scheduled to host Holbeach United in the semi final of the Lincs FA Senior Shield, but twice-postponed fourth round clash (7.45pm) takes precedent over any other fixtures.

Despite the heavy rain, Ely’s pitch passed a pitch inspection last night (Monday), with the winners to host Guernsey for a place in the quarter finals.

Holbeach chief John Chand had told the Lincolnshire Free Press that his side were ready and willing to step in and play the Lincs Cup semi should the Vase tie have perished again, but the ‘South Holland clasico’ will now have to be rescheduled.

Speaking before last night’s pitch inpsection, Tulips chief Rayment said: “I don’t see any reason why the Ely game would be off, but if it is Holbeach have offered to play us if it does get postponed again.

“Either way, there will be a game on – we just don’t know where! Obviously we’d like to get the Vase game over with.

“If it’s put back to Saturday it’d mean that we’d have to visit Newport Pagnell midweek, which wouldn’t be great.”

Spalding striker Gary King is available to make his debut, but Tom James (suspended), Chris Gray (cup tied) and Dave Kilby (cup tied) are all unavailable.

And Rayment reckons his side will be boosted by King’s much-anticapted bow.

“Gary’s a step two player,” added the former Peterborough United professional. “I’m looking forward to seeing him in a Spalding shirt, we have to put him up on a pedestal as a top performer. He’ll give us even more firepower.”

Meanwhile, Spalding have slapped in a seven-day notice of approach for Loughborough Dynamo’s former Stamford striker Jamie Clarke. The forward also lists Boston United among his old clubs.

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