Tigers urged to maintain momentum

Holbeach United boss Tom Roberts is urging his in-form Tigers to maintain their early season momentum.

Roberts’ side have won four and drawn one of their opening five United Counties League Premier Division matches ahead of their home clash with Huntingdon tonight (Wednesday).

They are at home again on Saturday when fifth-from-bottom Oadby visit Carter’s Park (3pm).

And Roberts feels his side should be targeting maximum points if they apply themselves properly.

He said: “We’ve got to be looking for maximum points. We’re full of confidence, we’ve got no injuries or setbacks so will have everyone available.

“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t win both games unless we go out there thinking we’ve already beaten them.

“Any team can upset another in the UCL so it’s important we give them the maximum respect and ensure we all win our individual battles.”

Holbeach go into Saturday’s clash on the back of a 2-0 home win over Peterborough Northern Star.

Despite having Jake Clitheroe dismissed early in the second period, Holbeach responded with goals from Tommy Treacher and Josh Ford.

Roberts continued: “We were poor all-round in the first half. We were slow doing things and we were not moving the ball very well.

“But we came out of the blocks in the second half and really raised our game.

“We really worked hard to make up that extra body and in the end it was a very good performance.”

Treacher’s goal was particularly memorable as he dispossessed a defender before clipping an effort over the away goalkeeper from 40 yards.

Roberts added: “It was a great finish and a goal was just what he needed.

“His work-rate and effort has been first class, but it was a relief to see him score and hopefully he can now go on and get a run of goals.”

Treacher’s goalscoring prowess will be needed following the decision of summer signing Stuart Eason to leave for league rivals Peterborough Sports.

Despite securing the services of wideman Lee Beeson on dual registration from EvoStik League side Stamford, Roberts is not looking to add to his striking options.

He commented: “Stuart hasn’t been able to settle with all the travelling but, within one hour of him leaving, Lee Beeson became available.

“I’m not in a rush to bring players in because we have plenty of striking options with Tommy Treacher, Josh Ford and Jake Clitheroe.

“Andrew Tidswell has consistently scored 20-plus goals at this level while Jordan Thomas can play down the middle as well while, if we need a physical presence, Jonny Allen can also play up there.

“Having Lee Beeson with us is a real bonus because everyone knows what he can offer.

“You can’t dare turn it down when you get offered a player like that. Lee’s been the best right winger in this league and the one above for the past five or six seasons.

“It’s a good signing for us because he’s experienced and knows how to win the league.

“It depends on Stamford as to how long we’ve got him for so I’m just taking it one game at a time.”

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