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Round-up of the pre-season friendly action featuring Spalding United, Holbeach United, Deeping Rangers, Pinchbeck United and Bourne Town




Three goals in the final 21 minutes secured victory for the Tulips in Saturday's friendly with Deeping Rangers.

After a goalless opening period with their United Counties League Premier Division North hosts, Spalding upped the ante after the break.

Joel Brownhill put them ahead after 69 minutes and then doubled their lead with six minutes remaining.

Match action from Deeping Rangers' friendly with Spalding United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (49545023)
Match action from Deeping Rangers' friendly with Spalding United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (49545023)

Spencer Weir-Daley then added the third Spalding goal after 88 minutes for a Tulips side who travel to Harrowby United on Tuesday night for their next pre-season outing.

The match has been rearranged following the rescheduling of Spalding's planned match with Peterborough United.

Pinchbeck United were beaten by two second half strikes in Saturday's friendly with Doncaster Rovers' Academy side.

Match action from Deeping Rangers' friendly with Spalding United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (49545029)
Match action from Deeping Rangers' friendly with Spalding United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (49545029)

The League One youngsters netted a minute into the second period before doubling their advantage in the latter stages of the match at the Sir Halley Stewart ground.

Pinchbeck - who were missing defensive duo Jack Fixter and Neal Spafford through injury - spurned a good early opening to take the lead when Enoch Opayinka raced clear and rounded the keeper only to fire wide with the goal at his mercy.

Rovers were tidy in possession throughout the match and threatened with a dangerous free-kick which was well dealt with by Knights defender Dan Worthington.

Match action from Deeping Rangers' friendly with Spalding United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (49545033)
Match action from Deeping Rangers' friendly with Spalding United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (49545033)

Scott Waumsley then went close for the Knights on the stroke of half-time when he burst past a defender before firing a fierce shot that rattled the crossbar.

Doncaster hit the front early in the second period with Pinchbeck then having a chance to equalise when substitute Ben Johnson found himself in space in the box but he blazed his shot wide of the Rover goal.

Finlay Armond then fired wide before Harrison Taylor was denied by a fine save from the Rovers goalkeeper as Pinchbeck pushed for an equaliser.

Match action from Deeping Rangers' friendly with Spalding United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (49545019)
Match action from Deeping Rangers' friendly with Spalding United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (49545019)

Rovers then wrapped up the win though with their second goal to cap a promising display by the Doncaster young guns.

Pinchbeck are back in action again on Tuesday night when they take on Lincolnshire League side Wyberton.

The match is being played at Knight Street, Pinchbeck, with a 7.15pm kick-off.

Match action from Deeping Rangers' friendly with Spalding United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (49545031)
Match action from Deeping Rangers' friendly with Spalding United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (49545031)

Holbeach United went down to a 1-0 defeat against Bourne Town in their friendly on Saturday.

The Tigers make the trip to face Northern Premier League Midlands Division side Stamford on Tuesday night.

Holbeach Reserves opened their pre-season campaign with a 3-2 victory against Boston League side Swineshead at Carter's Park. Kyle Compton bagged a brace with Ryan Cook also on target.

Match action from Deeping Rangers' friendly with Spalding United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (49545035)
Match action from Deeping Rangers' friendly with Spalding United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (49545035)

The Tigers are staging a charity match on Thursday night to raise funds for Sue Ryder.

The match will see Holbeach's Under 18s side take on their Bourne Town counterparts at Carter's Park with a 7.45pm kick-off.

The game will mark the end of an era for youth team bosses Stuart Clark and Dean Elston who have helped develop the Tigers' players through the ranks at the club.

Match action from Deeping Rangers' friendly with Spalding United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (49544978)
Match action from Deeping Rangers' friendly with Spalding United on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (49544978)

Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions with all money raised being donated to the cancer charity.

Wakes youth team boss Steve Bills has been fundraising for Sue Ryder in memory of Paula Turner who was club secretary of Bourne Town Juniors before losing her brave battle with cancer in December 2020.

Steve has been clocking up the miles in his running and walking fundraiser which has so raised more than £3,500.

The newly-refurbished Tigers bar will be open and raffle tickets will also be on sale.



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