FOOTBALL: Lucky Tigers ‘got out of jail’

LOYAL TIGER: Tommy Treacher, pictured  against Desborough on Saturday, has turned down Boston Town. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN
LOYAL TIGER: Tommy Treacher, pictured against Desborough on Saturday, has turned down Boston Town. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN

Glen Maddison has warned his stuttering Holbeach United side that they are not yet safe from relegation after another lacklustre display on Saturday.

The Tigers were trailing 2-0 against mid-table Desborough Town on Saturday, before an incredible deluge of rain, hail, thunder and lightning forced the Carter’s Park clash to be abandoned.

Maddison admits that the weather got his charges ‘out of jail’ at the weekend and is concerned that the teams below are starting to pick up points.

Although they are 20 points ahead of second-from bottom S and L Corby, the Tigers’ chief won’t rest easy until they reach the magic total of 40.

“We got a get out of jail free card on Saturday,” joked the former Sleaford Town chief. “It’s fair to say that the lads got the wrath of my tongue.

“We were disappointing at Kempston the week before and this was more of the same.

“Luckily, the weather came in. It was unbelievable, I’ve never seen anything like it.

“The lads were saying that they couldn’t see and the hail was really stinging their eyes.

“The referee really had no choice but to call the game off. They (Desborough) were grumbling a bit – and I would have been the same if we were winning 2-0. But the fact is, the pitch was unplayable.

“I would have liked the game out of the way, but we now have 12 games left to take a look at things.

“Last year 36 points got you relegated – and we’re on 34. We need to get to 40 points as soon as possible so we can start making plans for next season.

“Harborough and S and L are both improving, so we can’t afford to go on another losing streak.”

There has been some positive news for Holbeach this week, with striker Tommy Treacher deciding to stay amid interest from UCL Premier Division rivals Boston Town.

Treacher, who has managed seven goals in 16 matches since re-joining the Tigers from Deeping Rangers, was captain on Saturday.

However, defender Lewis Sturman has jetted off to Finland for a trial with third-tier Palloseura Kemi Kings this week.

Maddison admits that he may now be forced to delve back into the transfer market as a result.

He added: “I’m delighted that Tommy is staying, he’s been great since he came back here. To get a goal pretty much every other game is very impressive too.

“I really hope the trial goes well for Lewis too, he’s young and I’m sure the idea of playing abroad appeals. We’ll maybe have to look at bringing two new players in this week.”