Drury demands patience

Ben Brown celebrates his goal for Holbeach at Deeping in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy on Tuesday
Ben Brown celebrates his goal for Holbeach at Deeping in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy on Tuesday

Joint-boss Graham Drury knows what to expect as Holbeach United look to stay on the road to Wembley.

The Tigers face Huntingdon Town at Carter’s Park in the FA Vase second round on Saturday.

The Cambridgeshire club – who remain unbeaten after 11 games in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division – ended Holbeach’s 100 per cent start to the season with a 2-0 away win in September.

Drury admits the Tigers face a big challenge to avoid a repeat of that result.

He said: “It’s going to be a tough game, no doubt about that.

“They are a good side and a real threat. They score a lot of goals and they are organised.

“When they came to us in the league they sat behind the ball and hit us on the break.

“They tried to frustrate us the last time we met and they were clever in wasting time.

“We will need to learn the lessons from that defeat and be patient.

“We need to keep the ball and be prepared to start all over again if we can’t break them down at first.

“It’s going to be important on Saturday for us to remain patient. We must focus on that and stay switched on.

“This is a very different test to what we faced against Harborough Town last week.

“We know Huntingdon are experienced at this level to play in different ways.

“So it promises to be a very interesting encounter and I’m sure it’s going to be a battle.

“The Vase is a competition which we identified where we want to do well.”

Holbeach joint-managers Drury and John Chand are likely to be able to select from a full-strength squad after resting key players for the midweek cup tie at Deeping Rangers.