FOOTBALL: Holbeach United boss wants to add youth to experience

Aaron Eyett earned praise from his new manager
Aaron Eyett earned praise from his new manager
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New boss Seb Hayes is happy with a mixture of youth and experience in the squad at Holbeach United.

He plans to strengthen after taking charge at Carter’s Park this week – but he won’t be making too many changes.

We need to bring in some younger players who won’t be asking for loads of money when they can raise their own profile at a good Step Five club.

Seb Hayes

The former Peterborough Northern Star manager said: “It’s a small squad with plenty of experience.

“The first team are being helped out by reserves coming in and we all trained together on Tuesday night.

“The younger lads bring energy and enthusiasm. The more experienced players might not like it at times but we need to push them and keep them on their toes.

“Instead of that feeling of doom and gloom because of the bad run of form recently, we need to get everyone all together and looking forward.

“We definitely need two or three players coming in to strengthen the squad.

“The reserve players have stepped up two levels and done well.

“But part of my job is making sure the younger lads can come in and out of the team without having their confidence destroyed.

“I’ll explain why they are not playing when we need to manage that situation.

“We need to bring in some younger players who won’t be asking for loads of money when they can raise their own profile at a good Step Five club.

“We’ve got title winners and players who previously had cup runs so there is a lot of experience in the squad.

“I’m not looking to make massive changes.”

Captain Jamie Stevens is ruled out until February due to ankle ligament damage while Stacy Cartwright and Matt Warfield have also been on the sidelines.

Hayes watched the home victory against Rothwell Corinthians last weekend as he prepares to take charge for the first time in Saturday’s trip to ON Chenecks.

He added: “I thought the boys had lost a little bit of confidence but on Saturday they looked more like a team I’d expect to see at Holbeach.

“With 10 men, they dug in. They rode their luck at times but they never gave in.

“They nicked a win at the end but they deserved it after the first-half performance as they should have been 2-0 or 3-0 up.

“They didn’t dwell on the disappointment of being down to 10 men at 1-1.

“For example, it was really good to see Aaron Eyett getting back to defend near the corner flag. He is used to creating and scoring goals but he listened to his team-mates and helped them.

“We know ON Chenecks have come up and they look strong at home.

“If we let them settle into a style of play then they will give us problems.

“So we’ve got to impose our own game early on and I feel confident we can beat any team at this level. I’m looking forward to it.”