Holbeach United ‘underdogs’ for cup final

Jordan Thomas in semi-final action against Wisbech Town
Jordan Thomas in semi-final action against Wisbech Town
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Tom Roberts has called on Holbeach United to finish the season in style.

The player-manager insists the Tigers will be underdogs against Peterborough Sports on Monday (3pm kick-off).

Holbeach take on the Division One champions in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Knockout Cup final at the Haydon Whitham Stadium – home of Deeping Rangers.

Roberts said: “We know a lot about Peterborough Sports going forward and they have done very well this season.

“They like to get the ball forward quickly to the front men or wingers. So we will need to be at our best to stop them scoring.

“We have proved in one-off big games that we can step up but we know we are going to be the underdogs on form.

We have got nothing to lose. I’d have to say they are the favourites because they have some fantastic players who are capable of being at Step Four or even higher.

Tom Roberts

“We have got nothing to lose. I’d have to say they are the favourites because they have some fantastic players who are capable of being at Step Four or even higher.

“Sports have aspirations as a club of playing at a higher level so it’s going to be a good test.”

Roberts’ under-strength side had first-half red cards for Jamie Stevens and Josh Ford in a seventh successive 
defeat on Tuesday night as they were thrashed 7-0 away to Leicester Nirvana.

Roberts added: “It would have been hard enough with 11 men but we had no real complaints over those red cards for last-man tackles.

“Nirvana are a good side who move the ball quickly.

“We only had three first-team players available but we are still trying to keep people fresh for Monday.

“With the cup final in our minds, we have brought players in and out of the squad.

“Monday’s final has been our priority for a couple of weeks with the fixture backlog and knowing we were never going to win the title.

“We have to make sure we are in the right frame of mind without any more injuries.”

Aaron Eyett is cup-tied while Rick Drury (groin), Matt Warfield (foot) and Jordan Thomas (jaw) will continue to be assessed before Monday.

Holbeach’s home game against Wisbech Town was abandoned at half-time on Thursday night due to a waterlogged pitch.

Ford had scored past his former club two minutes before the break.

The match has been rearranged for Wednesday (7.45pm).

The Tigers’ losing run was ended with a 4-0 victory over Kirby Muxloe at Carter’s Park on Saturday.

Jake Clitheroe (2), Eyett and Stacy Cartwright were on target.