Tigers

Barnes admits Holbeach United are underdogs for Sheffield FC tie but plots upset

Phil Barnes admits that Holbeach United are big underdogs for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup clash with Sheffield FC – but he’s plotting an upset. The Tigers, who knocked out Kirby Muxloe in the last round after a late Josh Ford strike, will host the ‘Pitching In’ NPL South East Division side at Carter’s Park in the Preliminary Round on Saturday ...

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Deeping derby defeat makes it back-to-back league losses for Holbeach United

Holbeach United 1Deeping Rangers 2 A derby defeat to Deeping Rangers on Wednesday night made it two losses from as many Uhlsport UCL Premier Division games for Holbeach United. After Adam Jackson hit the bar early on for the Tigers, Jake Showler put Deeping 1-0 up with a goal just before the break. Michael Frew (47) levelled early in the ...

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Duo hit hat-tricks as Holbeach United under-18s shine on their FA Youth Cup debut

Holbeach United under-18s produced a sensational showing in their first-ever game in the FA Youth Cup on Monday night. The young Tigers romped to an 8-0 win over Harborough Town under-18s in the Preliminary Round at Carter’s Park. Talented young striker James Clark helped himself to a hat-trick, a feat matched by team-mate Charlie Parks in the one-sided showdown. Harvey ...

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Holbeach United boss Barnes opts to take the positives despite opening day defeat

Anstey Nomads 1Holbeach United 2 Holbeach United suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at Anstey Nomads on the opening day of the season – but boss Phil Barnes admits that there were plenty of positives to take. The Uhsport UCL Premier Division season started brightly enough for the Tigers when Spencer Tinkler nodded them into a fourth-minute lead. But Cole Wildin ...

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Saturday football: Tigers edged out on opening day, Pinchbeck hit for six and Crowland impress on return

Both Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United made losing starts to the new Uhlsport UCL Premier Division season on Saturday. The Tigers took an early lead at Anstey Nomads before suffering a 2-1 reverse, while the Knights were walloped 6-0 at home by Rugby Town. Starting with Holbeach, Phil Barnes couldn’t have wished for a better start to his first league ...

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Top six is the target for Holbeach United boss Barnes ahead of UCL season opener

Phil Barnes insists that Holbeach United will again target a top six finish in the Uhlsport UCL Premier Division this season. The new Tigers boss, who replaced Danny Hussey over the summer, takes his side to Anstey Nomads on Saturday (3pm) for his first game in the top job before welcoming Deeping Rangers for a derby on Wednesday (7.45pm). Barnes, ...

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Ford fires Holbeach United to FA Cup victory but Pinchbeck soundly seen off by St Neots

A late Josh Ford winner earned Holbeach United an Emirates FA Cup win over Kirby Muxloe on Wednesday night, while Pinchbeck United lost at home to St Neots Town. In a tight tussle at Carter’s Park, Ford scored with a fine finish four minutes from time to give Holbeach a 1-0 win and set up a tie with Sheffield FC ...

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Pre-season: Four-some Spalding sink Holbeach, Pinchbeck on-song and Moulton impress at Star

Spalding United romped to a pre-season victory over perennial rivals Holbeach United on Saturday, while Pinchbeck United also enjoyed a big derby win and Moulton Harrox earned a decent draw. Starting with South Holland’s big two, it was Spalding who handed Holbeach a 4-1 home reverse to lift the Lincolnshire Free Press Trophy at Carter’s Park. Goals from Lewis Brownhill ...

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Boss Barnes feels Holbeach United are ready for his first competitive game in charge

Phil Barnes is happy with the state of his Holbeach United job ahead of his first competitive game in charge of the club. The Tigers host Kirby Muxloe in the FA Cup on Wednesday (September 2, 7.45pm) as the delayed 2020/21 season finally gets under way. Barnes, who replaced Danny Hussey over the summer, saw his side beaten by Wisbech ...

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Pre-season: Will’s winner gives Holbeach United victory over Pinchbeck

A last-gasp strike from Will Barnes earned Holbeach United a 2-1 pre-season win over neighbours Pinchbeck United on Wednesday night. The Tigers came from behind to win the derby at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, setting up a Lincolnshire Free Press Trophy final with perennial rivals Spalding United at Carter’s Park on Saturday (3pm). An off-the-ball incident saw Mario ...

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Pre-season: 80-strong crowd see Holbeach United lose to Wisbech, Fenton sinks Deeping Rangers

The latest round of pre-season friendly fixtures on Saturday saw a number of derby clashes. Perhaps the pick of the fixtures saw Holbeach United entertain higher-graded rivals Wisbech Town at Carter’s Park. With close to 80 fans allowed into the ground for the first time since government guideiines for non-league football were relaxed, the Fenmen emerged as 2-0 winners. oth ...

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Braithwate back after making Star U-turn

Joe Braithwaite has rejoined Holbeach United following a bizarre transfer tussle with UCL Premier Division rivals Peterborough Northern Star. The centre-back, who has had multiple spells with the Tigers over the years, officially returned to Carter’s Park on Saturday as the Tigers enjoyed a 5-0 friendly win over South Holland neighbours Crowland Town. However, he had been announced as a ...

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Tributes to Holbeach sportsman Ish

A member of one of Holbeach’s best known sporting families died at his home on July 19. Anthony Keeble, who was known by the nickname Ish, of Willders Garth, was 77. In his younger days he played football for Holbeach United FC, graduating from the Colts team to the Tigers’ senior side in which he was a solid, dependable defender. ...

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Plans in place for football’s kick off

The government has given the go-ahead for football to return with clubs set to start pre-season friendlies in August ahead of the start of the leagues in September. The FA announced at the weekend that full contact training is now permitted as the clubs get ready for the regular season. Both Spalding United and Pinchbeck United have announced their pre-season ...

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Tigers toast terrific Peter on his birthday

Members of Holbeach United have helped a volunteer who has been helping them out since 1946 celebrate his 90th birthday in style. Peter Cousins had his big day on July 6, and the club helped him celebrate by gifting him a bottle of his favourite Famous Grouse whiskey and a card. He’s been part of the ground staff for over ...

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‘Club of the year’ Tigers set to expand

Holbeach United have celebrated being named Lincolnshire FA’s Grassroots Club of the Year by launching a new Under 18s side. It will mean the club will now have two sides playing at that level and providing a bridge between its thriving junior section and its senior teams. Due to the volume of players being produced through the academy, the club ...

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Smith lands Hussey’s award

Holbeach United celebrated the many positives from the curtailed 2019/20 season with an online awards ceremony last week. Former manager Danny Hussey helped put on the ceremony to mark the end of the season and his era in charge before Phil Barnes took over. And he named Tom Smith as his Manager’s Player of the Season. “At the start of ...

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Football Foundation pitches in to support talented young Tigers

Holbeach United’s youth set up has received a grant of over £40,000 to improve its football pitches as it continues to grow. The Holbeach United Community Sports Academy has been given the grant by the Football Foundation as part of its Grass Pitch Improvement Programme. It aims to improve the quality of the pitches at the Pennyhill Road base which ...

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Tigers legend Phil ready to step up as manager

After more than 30 years of being in and around Holbeach United, Phil Barnes is now ready to step up to the top job. The 47-year-old, who first joined the club as a player aged 11, was named as the new first team manager at Carter’s Park on Thursday. He and assistant Dean Elston will replace Danny Hussey in the ...

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Club legend Phil Barnes named as Holbeach United’s new first team manager

Holbeach United have announced that club stalwart Phil Barnes will be their new manager. Barnes, who won the UCL Premier Division as a player with the Tigers, will be assisted by Dean Elston – another Tigers legend – at Carter’s Park. With Danny Hussey stepping down as boss following the early completion of the season, Barnes steps up from his ...

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