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Barnes’ Holbeach United rebuild continues with Carter deal and possible triple transfer

Holbeach United have snapped up versatile defender Sam Carter and are closing on a deal for former favourite Stacy Cartwright as they bid to rebuild ahead of the new season. Tigers boss Phil Barnes has confirmed that Carter, who played at right back in Saturday’s 4-0 victory over his former club Swaffham Town, has committed himself to the club for ...

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Holbeach United eye four new signings after Skegness swoop for Lockie

Phil Barnes has moved to reassure Holbeach United fans after losing another key player to a rival. The Tigers chief is rueing the departure of striker Johnny Lockie, who has joined UCL Premier Division North newboys Skegness Town – who they will visit on the opening day of the new season on Wednesday, August 4. Speedy striker Lockie, who came ...

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Pre-season: Maddison makes his mark for Spalding United, Pinchbeck pegged back

Marcus Maddison grabbed his first Spalding United goal on Saturday as the Tulips thrashed Bourne Town 6-1 in a pre-season clash. The ex-Peterborough United ace, who is perhaps the most eye-catching signing made by any non-league side this summer, netted after coming on as a second-half substitute against the Wakes. New signing Jordan MaCleod also scored twice in the clash ...

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Holbeach United boss delighted to add Eyett but disappointed to lose Withers

It’s a case of one in, one out for Holbeach United as boss Phil Barnes continues his pre-season preparations. The Tigers have moved to sign the talented Aaron Eyett, who has enjoyed successful spells with Boston Town, Pinchbeck United and indeed Holbeach in recent years. Having been a regular at training since the boys in black and yellow returned, Barnes ...

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Holbeach United boss Barnes remaining calm despite losing key trio

Phil Barnes is refusing to press the panic button after Holbeach United lost three key members of their squad. The Tigers boss has been told by skipper Spencer Tinkler that he is joining Yaxley, while popular defender Jon Fairweather has agreed to re-join former club Wisbech Town. Both sides will be rivals with Spalding United next season in the NPL, ...

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Holbeach United boss Barnes is excited by new-look United Counties League

Holbeach United boss Phil Barnes is looking forward to competing in the new-look UCL Premier Division North this season. The Tigers, who haven’t played a competitive game since losing the KitmanUK League Cup final to Rothwell Corinthians back in November 2020, will return for pre-season training on June 15. Barnes hopes to have all of last season’s squad back for ...

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Knights looking forward to new look UCL

Pinchbeck United manager Lewis Thorogood says he’s been left pleasantly surprised at the make up of the new United Counties League. The Knights, who got their first win for a while on Saturday in a friendly (see page 21), have not been demoted despite finishing bottom of the previous two null and voided campaigns after the FA confirmed no teams ...

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Knights likely, but Tigers unlikely to feature in proposed cup

The United Counties League says it’s looking to run a mini-competition for interested clubs after the season was null and voided for a second year – but it’s likely Holbeach United won’t be involved. It follows last week’s announcement that the FA was recommending curtailing all leagues at steps three to six, including the UCL and Spalding United’s Pitching In ...

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Grants boost for South Holland’s top teams

The area’s top non-league football clubs have been handed a boost with the announcement that they can claim government grant money. Football clubs at steps three to six of the non-league pyramid, which includes Spalding United, Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United, can apply for the grants to keep them going during the latest lockdown. Up to £10million can be claimed ...

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Pinchbeck United to return to UCL action on Saturday but Holbeach United one of many clubs to delay restart

South Holland’s two teams in the Uhlsport UCL Premier Division have taken vastly different stances as to how the season should continue. After Lincolnshire was placed in the Tier 3 (very high alert) of the government’s new restrictions, the UCL – like many other leagues up and down the land – offered its clubs the choice on how to proceed. ...

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Facilities at Holbeach United’s Carter’s Park to get a makeover after £88k grant

Holbeach United have been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation to upgrade their changing rooms and club house facilities. The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities. This grant will enable Holbeach, who play ...

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Boss Barnes wants Holbeach United to stay positive despite ‘gutting’ cup final loss

Holbeach United 0 Rothwell Corinthians 1 Phil Barnes admitted that everyone at Holbeach United was “gutted” as they lost the 2019/20 KitmanUK League Cup final 1-0 on Wednesday night. A solitary second-half strike from Tom Mills fired Rothwell Corinthians to a 1-0 win in a very tight final at Blackstones FC’s Lincoln Road ground – making it three final defeats ...

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Holbeach United boss Barnes bags Boston’s Bayliss ahead of rearranged KO Cup final

Phil Barnes feels Holbeach United have pulled off a big transfer coup after enticing free-scoring forward Fraser Bayliss to join from rivals Boston Town. Bayliss, who can play on the wing or in attack, has nine goals from 12 appearances this season – putting him among the top scorers in the league. He was one of Barnes’ top summer targets ...

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Barnes unsure when football will return after seeing six-game unbeaten run ended by Harborough

Holbeach United 0 Harborough Town 1 Phil Barnes reckons that Saturday’s home defeat to Harborough Town may be the last fixture at Carter’s Park in 2020. A first-half goal from Dan Forbes (43) handed the Tigers their first ChromaSport UCL Premier Division defeat since September 9 in what was a rain-hit fixture. But all the talk afterwards was the impending ...

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Non-elite football facing 28-day suspension when English lockdown begins on Thursday

There will be no football for any of South Holland’s sides after Thursday following a statement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday. All non-elite football will be suspended from Thursday (November 5), with no exceptions. That means that, after Pinchbeck United’s Uhlsport UCL Premier Division game at Boston Town on Tuesday (7.45pm) and Holbeach United’s UCK KO Cup final ...

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Saturday football: Ranger marks Tulips debut with a goal in thriller, Holbeach and Pinchbeck lose at home

Nile Ranger marked his Spalding United debut with a goal as they drew at Belper Town on Saturday, while Holbeach United lost at home to Harborough Town and Pinchbeck United were thrashed by Lutterworth Town in Lewis Thorogood’s first game as boss. Starting with Spalding, they trailled three times in Gaby Zakuani’s first game as permament boss before battling back ...

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Holbeach United are targeting first trophy since 2018 – but Barnes isn’t looking past Harborough

Phil Barnes says that he and his Holbeach United players want to lift the Uhlsport UCL Knockout Cup for their former team-mates and ex-boss Danny Hussey. The Tigers will take on UCL Premier Division rivals Rothwell Corinthians in the re-arranged 2019/20 final at Blackstones on Wednesday night (7.30pm). Then managed by Danny Hussey, Holbeach reached the final back in February ...

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Rain saves the day in Shepshed clash as Barnes admits Holbeach United got lucky

Shepshed Dynamo 2Holbeach United 0match abandoned after 72 mins A waterlogged pitch prematurely ended Holbeach United’s game at Shepshed Dynamo just 18 minutes from time on Saturday – and boss Phil Barnes admits his side got the better end of the bargain. The Tigers were 2-0 down at The Dovecote Stadium as Shepshed’s Liam Canavan (35) and Shay Brennan (51) ...

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Saturday football: Spalding and Pinchbeck both beaten again, Holbeach game abandoned due to rain

Spalding United suffered a sixth defeat in as many games as they went down 2-0 at Worksop Town on Saturday, while Pinchbeck United were thumped at home and Holbeach United saw their game at Shepshed Dynamo abandoned. In the Pitching In NPL South East Division, goals from Lewis Gibbens (35) and Gavin Allott (57 pen) saw the Tulips beaten again. ...

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Barnes left feeling aggrieved as Holbeach United are forced to settle for a point at Wellingborough

Wellingborough Town 2Holbeach United 2 Another red card proved costly for Holbeach United on Tuesday night as they drew 2-2 at Wellingborough Town. The Tigers looked set for another Uhlsport UCL Premier Division win when Alex Lowery put a Josh Ford cross into his own net (18) and Jordan Elston rifled home a superb second (45) to put them 2-0 ...

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