HOPES are high that Wednesday night’s UCL League Cup quarter-final between Holbeach United and Deeping Rangers will go ahead.
The big freeze has wiped out every sporting fixture for the past two weekends, including the Tigers’ derby duel with Spalding United on Saturday.
But Holbeach boss John Chand spent much of his birthday clearing snow from the Carter’s Park pitch on Sunday – and with temperatures rising, both he and Deeping counterpart Tuncay Korkmaz reckon it’ll be on.
Chand said: “A few of us managed to clear the school end of the pitch, but it was already starting to melt. It’s supposed to be much warmer this week and I don’t see any reason why the game won’t be on.
“It’s a big game to come back to, Deeping are always going to be tough to beat. I’ll have the lads in for training before the game and we’re raring to go.
“Everybody is fit and we haven’t had a stronger squad to pick from all season.”
Rangers player/boss Tuncay Korkmaz is equally positive about the Carter’s Park clash.
Having knocked the Tigers out of the FA Vase and lost to them in the UCL Premier Division, the Turkish Tactician knows his charges are in for a tough test.
He could hand a debut to new signing Matt Barber, the third player to arrive at Outgang Road from Peterborough Sports this season, following Kev Brader and Ciaran Holt.
Korkmaz said: “I’m very positive about Wednesday, I’m sure it’ll be on.
“It’s certainly an exciting match, I don’t think there’s much between us on paper and it’s 1-1 so far in our meetings this season.
“I’m happy to have signed Matt Barber. We’ve taken two other players from Peterborough Sports already and both have worked out really well for us.
“He’s a quick, versatile defender and will be a good option for us.”
For Holbeach, Chand has every one of his first team squad available – with his only dilemma being who to leave out.
Striker Andrew Tidswell is expected to slot straight back into the starting line-up after completing his trial with Finnish side SJK.
Should it go ahead, the clash marks the start of a big seven days for the Tigers.
They go to Yaxley in the league on Saturday (3pm), before visiting Bourne Town in the Lincs FA Senior Trophy the following Wednesday (7.45pm).
Korkmaz has a bit of a defensive headache, with Chris Logan cup tied and Steve Julian serving a suspension.
Right back Matty Evans, the former Spalding United skipper, also plays his final game for the club before heading back to the Army.
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