FOOTBALL: Lessons learnt from Tigers’ Diamonds defeat

BANNED: Tom Waumsley
BANNED: Tom Waumsley
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Mark Melson reckons Holbeach United will give a better account of themselves against AFC Rushden and Diamonds this Saturday.

The Tigers travel to the Dog and Duck (3pm) for the second part of back-to-back UCL Premier Division games against the second-placed side. Diamonds eased to a 3-1 win at Carter’s Park back on February 22, but Holbeach’s assistant boss is hoping to avoid a repeat performance.

Melson said: “We’ve watched the DVD from the first game and it taught us a lot. We tried to catch them on the counter, but left ourselves too open – and paid the price for it.

“It’s fair to say that we’ll look to defend better and get more men behind the ball this time. Our shape will be key and we’ve worked on that.

“I was impressed with Diamonds, they played some good stuff and looked very professional. But that’s not to say they’re unbeatable, you can see that in their results.

“We hope to have a few players back that missed the first game and will give it a good shot. If we play like I know we can I’d like to think we can get something. It’s a game that I’m really looking forward too and it should be a good experience for the lads.”

Defender Max Mattless is in line for his debut, while Andy Law and Chris Shipley could return from injury lay-offs.

But both Ash Murrell and Tom Waumsley have two-game bans to serve.