Rotten weather once again across the Eastern side of the country didn't prevent a good turn-out of fans from both sides at Ashby Avenue on saturday; nor did it deter two teams hell-bent on finishing with a flourish!
Sadly, the planned parachute jump & delivery of the ceremonial matchball before kick-off by the RAF Wings Display Team had to be postponed due to low cloud cover, and the half-time entertainment of a marching brass band also got the kybosh - an argument for running run a much-shortened season between May- August next year would no doubt have found favour among the Lincoln United fundraising committee as their best laid plans were laid to waste by the weather on what one could reasonably have expected to be a fine Spring afternoon several weeks ago, when the event was planned: very frustrating, but a good day out was still had by all!...
The match was a decent offering with both teams doing their utmost to sign off with a win; the hosts grabbed bragging rights in this latest Bomber County Derby with a goal 11 minutes from time.
It meant the Tulips ended 2017/18 with three consecutive defeats; safety at Step 4 had been secured on the back of a fine run of away wins in March/early April. Ironically, the 2-0 victory at Peterborough Sports on 16 April seemed, at the time, to have ensured we would finish ahead of our closest geographical rivals, but their concerted push to end the season as strongly as possible saw them finish the campaign one point and one place above the 13th-placed Tulips. Something we'll be striving to redress next season!...
Planning for 2018/19 has doubtless already begun as managers are keen to pin-down those they want to retain as quickly as possible, whilst making contact with players who might be looking for a fresh challenge once their commitments to clubs for the current season are through. More news on player 'ins' and 'outs' as we have them.
A full match report by Ray Tucker on Whites v Tulip will follow at some stage on Sunday/Monday.
Focus internally now moves swiftly on to final preparations for the 2018 Tulip Trophy (see attached poster), the Elite Youth Football Tournament for U7s-U12s which takes place at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field over this coming bank holiday weekend on Saturday 5th May and Sunday 6th May: 9.30am-6.00pm.
With clubs such as Norwich City, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Peterborough United - among a host of others - all sending teams to compete in various age-groups, it promises to be a superb festival of football & fun and we hope you'll feel compelled to spread the word and join us for some top-notch Youth action.
Having witnessed the talent on display at last year's Pilgrim Cup (when current Tulip Trophy brainchild/organiser Lewis Thorogood was in charge at Boston United FC) the skill level at this tender age is something to behold and we're conviced this inaugural Tulip Trophy will be a Spalding United FC feature for years to come!
Stay tuned for more Tulips News as the week unfolds!...
Updated 22:04 - 29 Apr 2018 by Non-League Webmeister