TULIPS: Spalding seal deal for Stamford ace Gibson

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Spalding United chief Pat Rayment finally feels that he has a squad strong enough to deal with a hectic end to the UCL Premier Division season.

The Tulips chief now has an impressive haul of 18 players he can call on after completing a move for Stamford left-sider Jake Gibson.

Equally adept as a winger or midfielder, Gibson moved to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field earlier than expected after the Daniels waved the need for a seven-day notice of approach.

Formerly of Lincoln City, Rayment reckons the youngster will prove an excellent addition to his squad.

He said: “Jake’s a young lad we’ve been tracking for a while. I’ve not seen lots of him myself, but I’m told he’s got lots to offer.

“He’ll provide us with great competition down the left. We’ve gone from having no left footed players to having three, with Jake, Jamie Thurlbourne and Nick Jackson.

“I think the squad looks strong now – and it’ll have to be with the amount of games we have to play.”

Just when Spalding’s next game will be in anyone’s guess, though. Saturday’s trip to Wellingborough Town was called off because of a waterlogged pitch – and with snow then falling on Sunday and Monday, tonight’s trip to Quorn (7.45pm) is a massive doubt.

Rayment, whose side have 12 UCL Premier Division games and potentially three more cup matches to get in, doesn’t expect any football this week.

“I think we may have to write this week off,” said the Tulips chief. “It’s looking like the league will have to extend the season by a week too.

“That’s their own fault though. We were one of 16 teams sat around doing nothing the other week.”

Should the Quorn clash go ahead, Spalding have almost a full-strength squad available for the first time in a while.

Winger Tyrone Kirk is the only absentee against his former club.