‘Offensive power’ concerns boss

Nick Conroy's stoppage-time penalty save preserved three points for Holbeach on Saturday. Photo: Steve Relf
Nick Conroy's stoppage-time penalty save preserved three points for Holbeach on Saturday. Photo: Steve Relf

Deeping Rangers boss Tuncay Korkmaz is wary of Holbeach United’s attack going into their derby date tonight.

He says the Tigers are stronger up front now than when they set the pace in the title race.

Korkmaz said: “They have slipped away but I still look at their squad and think they are quite a handful.

“I would certainly like their offensive power any day.

“That hasn’t changed too much, if anything they are probably better with Andrew Tidswell’s return and the fact Jamie Clarke is still there.

“Although we are at home, you would have to say they are favourites to win tonight’s game due to league positions and our depleted squad.”

Deeping could only name one substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at champions-elect AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Defender Joe Braithwaite (knee) may return against Holbeach while Matt Carter, Matt Holland and reserve-team players will boost the Deeping squad.

Korkmaz said: “Those 12 players gave their all against a side who are now pretty much almost champions.

“We played a very nervous Diamonds side and I thought we defended very well.

“Unfortunately towards the end of the first half they created a chance and scored.

“We probably only had one chance in the game and we couldn’t bring on fresh legs for the last 20 minutes.”

Meanwhile, Jack Marsden is ready to make his debut for Holbeach this evening.

The former Peterborough Northern Star midfielder has followed boss Darren Jarvis to Carter’s Park.

On-loan Boston United youth-team player Corey Newman made his first Tigers appearance in Saturday’s 3-2 home victory over Oadby Town.