Holders Holbeach United get their bid for a third Lincs FA Senior Trophy success on the spin under way with a home clash against Blackstones tonight (7.45pm).
The Tigers are strong favourites to progress against their UCL Division One visitors, who have endured a torrid start to the season.
And for Holbeach chief Glen Maddison, the game represents the perfect chance to bounce back from Saturday’s 4-0 FA Cup humbling at rivals Spalding United.
The ex-Sleaford Town boss feels his side let themselves and the fans down at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, but is hoping for the perfect response at Carter’s Park tonight.
Maddison said: “I think we let ourselves and the fans down in the fist half if I’m honest.
“Spalding are an extremely talented side with great strength-in-depth. But we gave them too much respect – and if I’m honest, I think we were scared of them.
“We had words at half time and I’m pleased with the reaction I got after the break. The second half was a damp squib, but at least we contained them a bit better and actually got into the final third.
“It’s a real shame for the fans as they were there in good voice. This kind of fixture is one of the reasons I wanted to take the Holbeach job, so it’s a shame we didn’t do ourselves justice.
“Maybe this was the wake-up call we needed. We’ve had a good start, but can’t afford to rest on that.
“Blackstones will be a different test. They were unlucky to go down last year and things haven’t gone their way this season.
“It’s the perfect chance for us to get back on form.”
Joe Braithwaite, Tom Sergeant, Ainsley Johnson and Julian Joachim are all doubts for the Tigers, but Andy Law is back in the squad.
Holbeach’s hopes of winning the the trophy for the third year on the trot have been hit by a re-jig in the competition – which means higher-graded sides like Stamford and Lincoln United are now in the hat.
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