Plenty of enthusiasm as Tigers look to rebuild

Ben Brown heads home Holbeach's second goal on Saturday. Photo: Steve Relf
Ben Brown heads home Holbeach's second goal on Saturday. Photo: Steve Relf
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Sports editor Mark Lea’s column

So much has changed around Carter’s Park in just one month since Holbeach United’s exit from the FA Vase.

Even though the dreams of a Wembley final died, the Tigers were still on course for a league and cup double.

They had games in hand to return to the top of the Premier Division table – arguably making them favourites for the title – while Division One sides stood in their way of getting to the Knockout Cup final.

But then the wheels came off and, instead of fighting for three trophies, now Holbeach have to rebuild knowing they have thrown away any chance of silverware this season.

The resignation of joint-manager Graham Drury was a surprise but it wasn’t a shock that John Chand also quit two weeks later.

A number of players have also gone with Darren Jarvis and Tom Roberts appointed as the new management team.

Last week I spoke to Jarvis for the first time following their 3-0 defeat at Thurnby Nirvana and his opening quote made a real impression.

When asked to reflect on his first game in charge, Jarvis said: “Managers have a habit of making excuses but I don’t like doing that.”

At the weekend Jarvis was much happier as we spoke in the tunnel after a hard-fought victory.

He is full of enthusiasm and if that rubs off on the squad then the Tigers can finish the season with a few smiles.

A home run of fixtures looks like an opportunity to find form again.

Hopefully the fans will return as well because the attendance on Saturday was worryingly low.

On the pitch, the return of Stacy Cartwright and Andrew Tidswell made a difference.

Tidswell put in a shift in a wide role while trying to offer support to Jamie Clarke and Charley Sanders up front.

It was interesting that the substitution of Cartwright just past the hour mark led to a series of tactical changes with Dan Worthington, Lee Beeson and Jack Smith all on the move. Let’s hope this was the start of a winning run.