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Tulips Keen on Bexfield as Earls Goes

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Spalding United boss Pat Rayment is keen to sign free agent Pat Bexfield to boost the club’s ChromaSport & Trophies….

….United Counties League Premier Division title challenge.

Rayment, a Peterborough United player as a youngster, hopes to draft in the 24-year-old player who was recently released by Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South high-flyers King’s Lynn Town after only a month at The Walks.

Bexfield, who spent time in the Norwich City youth set-up, specialises as a right-back but can also play in a number of other positions. He had a happier spell at Lynn earlier in his career and has also played for Corby Town and Cambridge City.

“I’m always on the lookout for quality additions to the squad – and I feel Pat falls into that category,” said Rayment.

“He has the ability to fill several roles and it is important to have that versatility in a squad.”

Rayment was delighted by the debut display of new left-back Josh Freeman in a Tuesday night`s friendly defeat against Blue Square Bet North side Histon.

But former Notts County and Grimsby Town youngster Freeman’s arrival has been followed by the departure of fellow left-back Callum Earls.

He has moved to UCL Division One side Oadby Town – a team Spalding dumped out of the FA Vase under a fortnight ago.

Rayment said the club had received a seven-day notice of approach last week but he hadn’t given it too much thought. So it was a shock when he got the phone call on Wednesday to say Earls was going.

Asked whether Earls had probably caught Oadby’s eye in the 3-2 Vase win, Rayment said: “Absolutely – without a doubt.

“Callum is a very good player.

“There are still a lot of flaws in his game but I’m sorry to see him go.

“I do find the timing a strange one with us having a big Vase game next week.”

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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