FOOTBALL: Tigers ‘not forking out big money’

JOHN Chand has snapped back at those who think Holbeach United are buying their way to some of the United Counties League’s best talent.

It comes just a few days after the capture of highly-rated Boston Town duo Paul Goodhand and Lawrence Lambley, and a fellow manager publicly claiming that the market for UCL players has “gone crazy”.

Blackstones co-boss Darren Jarvis claimed fellow Lincolnshire clubs are often chasing the same players – and are prepared to spend big money to get them.

Irritated Chand barked: “We’re getting good players not because I’ve sold the club to them and I’ve worked with them before, but because we are paying a king’s ransom apparently.

“It’s just not the case and it’s getting a bit annoying.

“We’re trying to get people coming to Holbeach for the right reasons.

“This time 12 months ago we wouldn’t have had a cat in hell’s chance of attracting the class of player we’re getting.”

Meanwhile, Boston Town manager Martyn Lakin has made his feelings known about the way in which Goodhand and Lambley switched to Carter’s Park on the eve of pre-season.

He said: “I’m disappointed with how this has happened.

“Paul sent me a text to say he was leaving. I think that’s a poor showing to be honest.

“I’m upset how he and Loz (Lambley) have both departed from the club after both telling me they wanted to re-sign just six weeks ago.”

The Tigers expect upto 25 players at the first pre-season training session on Saturday.

Chand vowed that the players will be worked hard by coach Jeremy Smith throughout the build-up to the new campaign. The manager believes fitness was in a factor in the Tigers conceding so many late goals last season.

First warm-up match is against Soham at home on Tuesday, July 12 (7.45pm).