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Spalding United host Belper in the FA Trophy




Spalding United hit the FA Trophy trail on Saturday when they host league rivals Belper at the Sir Halley Stewart ground.

The Tulips will go into the second qualifying round match buoyed by their 3-1 away win at Shepshed in Saturday's Northern Premier League Midlands Division match.

They will face a Nailers side in Saturday's Trophy tie who are currently two places above the Tulips in the league standings.

Tulips boss Gabriel Zakuani. (52025866)
Tulips boss Gabriel Zakuani. (52025866)

The Derbyshire club have won six and drawn one of their opening 10 league games and include the division's leading scorer - Jonathan Margetts - in their ranks after he's netted nine times so far this term.

Spalding - who have seen both Chris Assombalonga and Shane Clarke depart the club in the past week - have made a new addition to their ranks after signing former Lincoln City youngster Harry Olivant.

The pacey winger has been playing for Harrowby United in Division One of the United Counties League this season and impressed Tulips boss Gabriel Zakuani during a pre-season match between the two sides.

Zakuani said: “I'm really pleased to be able to get Harry over the line.

"He made a real impression during the pre-season friendly we played against Harrowby and we have been keeping a close eye on him ever since and we now feel it's the right time to get him on board.

"He’s everything you want in a winger, direct, hard working and full of talent. Myself and the team can't wait to start working with him.

"I would like to thank Harrowby, their manager Jamie McGhee and the officials who have been great in developing this exciting young player."

Deeping Rangers will be aiming to build on their midweek win over Sleaford Town when they host Quorn on Saturday at the Haydon Whitham Stadium.

It's the third match in a hectic month for the Clarets who play eight games including tough tests against Heanor and Long Eaton and an FA Vase trip to Newark who defeated Deeping 3-0 at the weekend.

Jake Walton will return to the Clarets squad after running the London Marathon at the weekend while Jake Brown could be back in contention but Luke Steele will miss out though injury.

Pinchbeck United saw their midweek match at league leaders Anstey Nomads postponed due to a waterlogged pitch shortly after the Knights had arrived at their Leicestershire hosts.

They are back on their travels again this weekend when they visit fifth-placed Long Eaton who are currently one of only two teams in the Premier Division North with an unbeaten record.

Holbeach host Eastwood at Carter's Park looking for their first league win of the season in what could be Phil Barnes' last match at the helm.

The Tigers boss announced this week that he and assistant Dean Elston are stepping down but the duo have agreed to stay on until a new manager is appointed.

Bourne play the first match of an away double-header in Division One as they make the trip to face Kirby Muxloe. The Wakes then travel to second-placed Aylestone Park on Tuesday night.



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