Drury delighted with Tigers’ pre-season

Tommy Treacher
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Holbeach United begin their bid to regain the UCL title with an 11am kick-off at Peterborough Northern Star on Sunday.

Holbeach, under the guidance of joint managers John Chand – who led the Tigers to the title two seasons ago – and Graham Drury, have made several eye-catching signings this summer.

The likes of Ash Fuller, Lee Beeson and Jamie Stevens should play a major part in their bid for the title with the latter bidding to lift the UCL title for the third successive season.

Beeson was on target as Holbeach battled back from 2-0 down to earn a useful draw in a friendly at higher-level Coalville on Tuesday, where Niall Delahoy also found the net.

The game is part of the Groundhop Day weekend but Drury admits he would have preferred to avoid a Sunday morning kick-off.

He said: “Given the distance some of our players have got to travel it’s not ideal playing on a Sunday morning, but hopefully our players will be sensible on Saturday night and we will get off to a good start.

“Everyone wants to win their first match and I’m no different.

“It’s important to get something from your first match and we will be going there looking for the win, but if not we need to at least pick up a point.

“It might take three or four games for the squad to gel, because we’ve got a new team, but pre-season went well so I am hopeful of a good result.

“The thing that really impressed me in pre-season was the work ethic.

“We played well against higher-level teams and we bossed it in the second half on Tuesday.

“We’ve got a few niggles and Tommy Treacher is a doubt with a calf problem but hopefully, other than that, we will have a fully-fit squad.