FA Cup preview: ‘Massive challenge’ for Holbeach United

ON THE ATTACK: Josh Ford and Gary King during Holbeach's home tie with Stourport Swifts two weeks ago when the Tigers needed a replay to go through.
ON THE ATTACK: Josh Ford and Gary King during Holbeach's home tie with Stourport Swifts two weeks ago when the Tigers needed a replay to go through.

Holbeach United manager Darren Jarvis is ready for “a massive challenge” on Saturday.

The Tigers take on Vanarama National League North club Worcester City at Carter’s Park in the Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round.

Holbeach are rated at 9/2 for a home win which would also earn £4,500 prize money, having already collected a total of £6,425 for three away victories.

Jarvis said: “This is going to be a huge challenge and you only have to look at Worcester knocking out Coventry City last season in the FA Cup to see what they can do.

“They have experience and quality in their ranks with the likes of Lee Hughes and Deon Burton.

“But anything is possible and we will be prepared.

“We’re expecting a good crowd and hopefully it will be a great day for the club.

“Nothing is a foregone conclusion and we will be doing our best to cause a big upset. We won’t kid ourselves as we are huge underdogs.”

Holbeach’s 11-match run without a defeat came to an end when they were thrashed 5-0 at Boston Town on Tuesday night in the Lincolnshire FA Senior Trophy.

Jarvis added: “It was a much-changed side but I still expected us to do much better.

“We’ve had a great start to the season but we were below par defensively.”

Tommy Treacher will be completing a three-match ban on Saturday but Andrew Tidswell could return from a hamstring injury.

Jamie Stevens (ankle), Jonny Clay (unavailable) and Nick Jackson (cup-tied) miss out.