FOOTBALL: Tigers pounce for hitman Tunstall

GOALS GALORE: Liam Tunstall (left), pictured completing a hat-trick for Sleaford Town against Quorn last season.
GOALS GALORE: Liam Tunstall (left), pictured completing a hat-trick for Sleaford Town against Quorn last season.

New-look Holbeach United have pulled off their biggest signing of the summer so far after landing goal-machine Liam Tunstall.

Tigers boss Glen Maddison has convinced Tunstall, who netted 23 times for struggling Sleaford Town last season, to follow him to Carter’s Park.

The striker had been training with Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division side Grantham Town after his second-successive goal-laden campaign at Eslaforde Park.

But ex-Sleaford chief Maddison has won the race for the man he wanted to spearhead the Tigers’ attack since the first day he took the job.

Maddison said: “Liam hasbeen prolific over the past two seasons and was great to work with last year.

“Considering he wasn’t playing in the best of sides, that’s pretty impressive.

“I expect him to deliver more of the same at Holbeach, he’s certainly got the ability.

“He’s very fit having spent pre-season with Grantham and gives us some pretty exciting options in attack.

“Curtis Yeatman has been very lively in pre-season and we should have Luke Hollingworth involved very soon too.”

Maddison also told the Spalding Guardian that talks to clinch the signing of former Aston Villa and Leeds United hitman Julian Joachim are “ongoing.”

The 38-year-old ex-Premier League striker featured in Saturday’s 6-0 loss at Stamford and the Holbeach chief is keen to land his signature.

“I’ve been chatting with Julian for the past three or four weeks,” added Maddison. “Talks are still ongoing and he’d certainly improve our striking options.

“If we can add him, I’d be very happy with our strength in depth.”

Having lost all but three of the players that won both the UCL Premier Division and Lincs FA Senior Trophy last term, Maddison finally feels that his squad is close to completion.

And fans will get their first chance to see Holbeach in home action this Saturday, when Greyhounders visit Carter’s Park (3pm).

Keeper Leigh Overton and new signings Chris Shippley and Ben Reeson are all unavailable for the friendly, while Joe Braithwaite and Yeatman are unlikely to be risked.

The Tigers then play host to a Boston United XI on Tuesday night (7.45pm), before kicking off the defence of the UCL Premier Division title at home to Harborough Town on Saturday week (3pm).