FOOTBALL: Players need to get hunger back, says Holbeach United boss

Matt Warfield
Matt Warfield
  • ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division - Holbeach United v Eynesbury Rovers
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Boss Seb Hayes is running out of patience with Holbeach United’s under-performing squad.

And that means Saturday’s home game with Eynesbury Rovers could be a last chance for some players to stay at Carter’s Park.

Last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Kirby Muxloe was a sixth loss in eight games.

Hayes admitted: “Our inconsistency is frustrating, no doubt about that.

“We have an experienced squad with a sprinkling of youth and there is no way we should be losing some of the games like we have done.

“They have got to find a response now. I haven’t come out and criticised them but at the moment we are just not good enough.

We’ve got nothing to lose on Saturday because people will look at Eynesbury as one of the contenders to claim runners-up spot and think Holbeach’s season is over.

Seb Hayes

“The players need to look at themselves. Some of them have won this league title and other trophies.

“Losing 3-1 to a team who are fifth from bottom is not acceptable.

“They need a kick up the backside.

“We won twice against sides in the lower end of the table and kept clean sheets with good performances.

“Last weekend’s second-half performance at Kirby Muxloe was lacklustre and poor all over the pitch.

“The substitutes who came on did well but overall we just went back to where we were a month ago.

“We were sloppy, people were not tracking back quickly enough and they were not working hard off the ball.

“We gave away two goals in the last 12 minutes which killed us off.

“We had possession in the second half and did nothing with it.

“Eynesbury will be very frustrated that they lost at home to Boston Town so I’m sure they are going to be pumped up for this one.

“We’ve got nothing to lose on Saturday because people will look at Eynesbury as one of the contenders to claim runners-up spot and think Holbeach’s season is over.

“But I expect a performance from our players. They need to get the hunger back.

“They should be playing well week in, week out. You can’t pick and choose when you are going to turn up.”

Dan Jenkins looks set to miss the rest of the season with knee ligament damage.

Matt Warfield also went off last weekend with a back injury.

Ollie Pinner will be given a rest before a verdict on whether he needs a hernia operation.

Fourth-placed Eynesbury have picked up two points from three away games in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division since early December.