Chand expects clash of styles in FA Vase tie

Lee Beeson, on the ball for Holbeach United, will be hoping to repeat his wonder strike at London Colney in the fourth round of the FA Vase on Saturday.  Photo by Steve Relf.
Lee Beeson, on the ball for Holbeach United, will be hoping to repeat his wonder strike at London Colney in the fourth round of the FA Vase on Saturday. Photo by Steve Relf.
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Holbeach United joint-boss John Chand is predicting a “clash of styles” when his side face Thurnby Nirvana in the FA Vase on Saturday.

With Wembley’s iconic arch now in sight, Chand knows that a win at Dakyn Road will leave Holbeach just three rounds away from the final on May 9.

But before that, the Tigers will look to extend their winning run to 11 games against Nirvana who are hoping not to be ‘All Apologies’ to their fans this weekend.

Chand said: “We’ve had a really good look at Thurnby and I would say they’re the most potent attacking team in the UCL Premier Division.

“The way they approach games is ‘if you score four, we’ll score five’, whereas we try not to give a lot away.

“It’ll be a clash of two conflicting styles on Saturday and I’m expecting a really tough ride at Thurnby.”

Holbeach go into the game having outclassed AFC Kempston Rovers in their 3-0 win on Saturday.

A close-range effort by Jamie Clarke came either side of a double from Jake Duffy who will have a particularly strong interest in the outcome of Saturday’s FA Vase fourth-round tie.

Chand said: “Jake is a Leicester boy who lives about 400 metres from Thurnby’s ground, but he’s an amazing player to have at our football club.

“He wants to get the ball down and play, but he’s also a goalscorer in midfield and it wouldn’t have been an injustice if he’d scored four goals on Saturday.”

A coach is leaving from Carter’s Park for Thurnby on Saturday at 11.15am and Chand wants to see it full to capacity.

“It’s important, at any level of football, to have the fans assisting you to move things forward,” Chand said.