Rethink on cards for Tigers’ cup tie, hints Chand

Ollie Pinner heads a Craig Parker cross onto the Huntingdon cross bar, watched by Danny Spencer and Jamie Stevens.  Photo by Steve Relf.
Ollie Pinner heads a Craig Parker cross onto the Huntingdon cross bar, watched by Danny Spencer and Jamie Stevens. Photo by Steve Relf.

The manner of Holbeach United’s 2-0 defeat at home to Huntingdon Town may lead to changes for tomorrow’s Lincs Senior Trophy home tie against Sleaford Town.

Performance levels dropped in the 1-0 win at Oadby Town a week earlier but this time the Tigers were made to pay for leaving their shooting boots at home against the Croms.

A post-match tirade in the dressing room from joint-bosses John Chand and Graham Drury left their squad in no doubt that a vast improvement is expected.

Chand said: “We’ve not taken enough chances in games of football and we told the players that one of these days, it was 
going to come back and bite us on the backside.

“We conceded a header from a set-piece and a 25-yard wonder strike we couldn’t do anything about.

“We pride ourselves on being strong at set-pieces but before that, for the first goal, we allowed a 50-yard pass to get in-between our centre-backs and gave away a goal that should have been avoided.

“But we had seven clear-cut chances and Huntingdon had three, scoring two of them.

“The Lincs Senior Trophy wasn’t the main priority for us but it’s important to get back to winning ways fairly quickly and the Huntingdon game will have a bearing on how we set up against Sleaford.”

Meanwhile, Huntingdon boss Seb Hayes said: “We came here to make it tight and trying to frustrate them by keeping them playing in front of us.

“The sending-offs changed the game for both teams, but our lad said his red card was a definite booking and should have been just that.

“We work heavily on set pieces but we didn’t think we would score like that.

“It was like a parting of the sea (in the Holbeach defence) and the second goal (by Chris Jones) made me think he did it before at Spalding last season.

“It was a brilliant day for us as it was only our fourth league game of the season.

“But for sure, Holbeach will finish in the top two because they’ve got good players who just have to gel together.”