Boston Town aim to trample the Tulips

Lewis Brooks has joined Spalding.
Lewis Brooks has joined Spalding.

BOSTON Town director of football Lori Borbely believes big-spending Spalding United could be the team to beat in this season’s United Counties League Premier Division.

Pat Rayment’s Tulips have raised a few eyebrows after snapping up released Boston United defender Lee Canoville on a two-year deal.

Meanwhile, former Pilgrims winger Ryan Semple has been linked with a move to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

Experienced midfielder Andy Toyne and defender Lewis Brooks - who finished last season with Town - have also signed up to the Tulips revolution.

“Are Spalding the team to beat? Right now you have to say ‘yes’,” Borbely, who is also a regular in midfield, told The Standard.

“But we can’t forget there are also other good teams.

“St Ives will be strong and Long Buckby are still there and will have a good team.”

Spalding may be just a 20-minute drive from Boston, but in financial terms right now the Lincolnshire rivals are miles apart.

However, Borbely believes that United’s financial clout will add no extra incentive to his Poachers side’s desire to claim local bragging rights.

He added: “ We don’t need to have any reason to get ourselves ready for a game like that.

“You always want to beat your rivals, it’s like that for every club.

“We are Boston Town and we can only do what we can to make ourselves a better team.

“Hopefully, we can bring in some new players as well.”

That will all depend on whoever takes control at the managerless Tattershall Road club before the season kicks off.

This week, the Poachers’ website announced that former midfielder Nathan Collins had turned down the chance to take the reins.

Phil Jones had looked after first team affairs since December, stepping up from running the reserves following the resignation of boss Martyn Lakin.

However, Town hope to have a new manager in place by the end of the week.

Also commenting on Brooks departure, Borbely added: “It’s always disappointing when a player chooses to leave.

“Lewis came here and did a good job for us when we had a side with lots of injuries and suspensions.

“But as a club we wish him well for the future.”