SWITCH: Andre Williams is on his way from Holbeach United to Pinchbeck United. Photo by JAKE WHITELEY

It’s ‘Plan B’ for Holbeach United as boss Clifton bids to beat drop with youngsters

Boss Danny Clifton has added two more new signings to his Holbeach United squad – taking the total to ten since he took on the job in December.

The Tigers chief has snapped up central defender Bailey Baker from Deeping Rangers and left back Joshua Wilson from Yaxley, who are both youthful players.

Indeed, all of Clifton’s recruits are youngsters – with the boss admitting that he’s given up trying to entice experienced players to Carter’s Park.

The boss has lost winger Andre Williams to Pinchbeck and the versatile Macca Burdass to Boston Town, but is happy with the signings he’s managed to secure.

Clifton is, however, anxious to get his new-look team on the pitch after seeing Saturday’s home Uhlsport UCL Premier Division North clash with Sleaford Town rained off – and they have no fixture this weekend, either.

With that in mind, they played a friendly at Whittlesey Athletic last night (Wednesday) and will host a clash against Warboys Town on Friday night.

“We’re slowly filling the squad up now and plugging holes that have been apparent,” said Clifton. “We’ve added ten new faces, all of who are young but ready to take the step up.

“I think we’ve had to give up on signing more experienced players and put our energy into players that actually want to come here.

“It’s a bit plan B, but the lads that are here now have ability and I’m looking forward to getting them out on the pitch.

“We have lost Andrew and Macca, who told me that they wanted to move on. I respect their choice and would never want to keep players who don’t want to be here.

“Now it’s time to focus on getting the lads together. Having the game off on Saturday was a blow, it was on in the morning but the heavy rain made the pitch unplayable.

“We’ll use the friendly games to attempt to gel the lads together and hopefully by the time our next game comes around, we’ll be more of a unit.”

Holbeach’s next league game is a home date with Heanor Town on Saturday, January 22 (3pm).

They remain bottom of the table, but will hope that they don’t fall further behind while inactive.

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