Holbeach United coach Jay Harrison admits that his side’s hopes of winning a second UCL Premier title in three seasons are as good as over after a damaging defeat at Desborough Town.
The Tigers’ season is in danger of capsizing completely unless they can stay alive in the UCL KO Cup with a quarter-final win over Division One outfit Potton United on Saturday.
Not even Lee Beeson’s third goal in two games at Waterworks Field was enough to give Holbeach a win over Ar Tarn, making ex-joint manager Graham Drury’s decision to quit the Carter’s Park club almost two weeks ago all the more disastrous in its impact on the side he left behind.
Harrison said: “The title race is over as there’s too much to do for us to catch Rushden.
“Since Graham left, the lads have been down and it’s been hard to get them back up.
“To be fair, Desborough weren’t a bad side but we had to feature three or four reserve players and we’re having to field a makeshift side every week. We made a really slow start to the game because we were playing lads who have been on the bench for most of the season.
“We’re trying to find a settled side and we’ve got to try and get lads like Jake Gibson back from injury
“But we’ve also got to get our heads right before the Potton game and stick together.”
There has been an exodus of players from Carter’s Park, with Lee Dube joining Evo-Stik League Premier Division side Grantham Town, midfielder Jake Duffy joining Shepshed Dynamo in the Midland Counties League and Matty Nolan moving to South Holland neighbours Spalding United.
But Andrew Tidswell is back from Spalding and strike partner Jamie Clarke said: “Andy’s got goals in him and there are still good players here.”