FOOTBALL: Holbeach United boss waiting to see fighting spirit

Dan Dougill
Dan Dougill
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Seb Hayes will probably have to wait until midway through the first half on Saturday to discover Holbeach United’s performance level.

The frustrations go on for the Tigers’ boss over inconsistent displays – especially away from home with five defeats out of six road trips.

We are strong at home but our away form is dipping so we’ve got to put that to bed.

Seb Hayes

Last weekend, they picked up three points at Carter’s Park as goals from Mitch Griffiths and Charley Sanders earned a 2-0 victory over ON Chenecks.

Hayes said: “After the first 20 minutes, we took control of the game and we were the better side.

“Once we got the first goal, I felt pretty certain that we would go on and win it.

“That’s one of my major frustrations that if we score the first goal, we win the game – but if we don’t, we lose it.

“It needs to be sorted out because at the moment I just don’t know until the game has kicked off what kind of performance I’m going to get from the team.

“It’s the first time in 13 years of management when I’ve been involved with any team like that.

“I have to wait until around 20 or 30 minutes to see what’s going to happen.

“I’d expect Saturday’s game at Harborough Town to be a battle.

“More often, we have lost against these teams who will fight and scrap. There are certain things which this team doesn’t like doing.

“We are strong at home but our away form is dipping so we’ve got to put that to bed.

“I don’t want to finish the season in a way where we are getting beaten by teams who work harder.

“We need to address that situation even if it means a couple of draws in games where we are the better side but we don’t take chances.

“The quality is there, no doubt about that. We need to prove we can get back into games if it’s not going well.”

Tommy Treacher has recovered from a hamstring injury but Josh Ford (groin) and Ollie Pinner (hernia) face fitness checks. Matt Warfield 
is back and Dan Dougill is away with the Lincolnshire FA under-18 squad.