FOOTBALL: Roberts resigns as Holbeach United manager

Tom Roberts
Tom Roberts

Work commitments have forced Tom Roberts to step down as Holbeach United boss.

The decision was announced following Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Harborough Town at Carter’s Park.

This has been done with a heavy heart but I didn’t make the decision overnight - it has been building over two or three weeks.

Tom Roberts

The Tigers are fourth in the ChromaSports & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division ahead of Wednesday’s home match against leaders Peterborough Sports.

Jack Smith’s free-kick in stoppage-time rescued a 2-2 draw at the weekend. Josh Ford had cancelled out Ollie Pinner’s own-goal just before the break.

Roberts said today: “I work for National Grid which means I’m on call every fifth day.

“It was getting harder and at the moment I can’t commit to football.

“Straight after the home game against Deeping Rangers, I got called out and didn’t get home until the early hours of the morning.

“Then I missed a couple of matches so the club weren’t getting the commitment which they deserved.

“They have been left in a good position with a lot to play for during the second half of the season.

“This has been done with a heavy heart but I didn’t make the decision overnight - it has been building over two or three weeks.

“You never know what might happen but right now I have no plans to get back involved as a player or manager.

“I’d like to thank all the officials, players and sponsors at Holbeach for their support. It’s a wonderful club with so many good people.”