Non-league: Top Tulips star calls it a day

Lee Canoville has left Spalding.
Lee Canoville has left Spalding.
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Spalding United’s biggest-name player has retired today (November 29).

Former professional full-back Lee Canoville has called time on his 18-month Tulips career due to a nagging knee injury.

Spalding boss Pat Rayment has praised the 32 year-old’s part in the club’s emergence as a ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League force in the past two seasons.

The Tulips have stormed to the top of the Premier Division this season in possession of a 16-match 100 per cent record and can set a new UCL record for the best-ever start to a season if they beat Wellingborough Town at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field tomorrow (Saturday).

Rayment said: “Lee was the first big name to come on board. He was the signing that made people take notice of Spalding and what we are trying to achieve here.

“He is a terrific player and a great bloke who will be a huge loss to us.”

Another former pro, Peter Bore, can fill the right-back void left by Canoville’s exit.

Spalding also have a seven-day approach in for Wisbech defender Jon Fairweather although they are understood to face competition for him from Deeping.