Holbeach United boss Glen Maddison has the task of picking his players up off the floor for the second week running after a “Fergie-time” loss at Cogenhoe United.
The Tigers conceded an 89th-minute goal from a half-cleared corner at Compton Park, giving the Cooks their 20th win of the season and leaving Holbeach with no appetite for a post-match meal.
Tigers boss Glen Maddison admitted that his side failed to carve out any clear-cut chances but more than deserved a point for their sheer workrate in closing down Cogenhoe’s danger men.
Maddison said: “It’s the second week on the bounce that we’ve let a goal in late because we did it at Desborough the previous Saturday.
“Just being truthful, we did better at Cogenhoe and deserved something out of the game so it was disappointing to lose in that way.
“I don’t think Cogenhoe had a shot and our keeper had nothing to do, but it was a battling sort of game from both sides.
“We worked hard and did well overall, so it’s just disappointing to lose the game in that manner.”
Both sides had to cope with a strong wind, with the Tigers playing into it in the first half and succeeding in penning the Cooks in their own half.
Holbeach was expecting a Cogenhoe onslaught in the second half but despite playing against the wind, Maddison was pleased with his side’s commitment.
He said: “I wasn’t too pleased with the referee because there were two penalty shouts that we should have have.
“But you get them sometimes and other times you don’t.
“Then they got a corner in the 80th minute, we half-cleared it before the ball came back in and one of their players has volleyed home at the far post.
“I’m disappointed for the lads because they worked their socks off and they were a lot more up for it than the Desborough game.”
Maddison was able to give a run-out to Tigers prospect Jordan Keeble who came on for Nick Bishop and the 16-year-old did enough to put himself in contention for a starting berth before the end of the season.
Maddison said: “He’s a big, fit lad, withs a great attitude and he’ll improve this season.
“We’ve started him in a friendly before, but we’ll start him in a game between now and the end of the season.”
Holbeach: Overton, Delahoy, Warfield, Mattless, Murrell, Bishop (Keeble), Bayliss, Rothery, Waumsley (Leggett), Dunn, Law.