Season review: Holbeach United

Jamie Clarke celebrates after putting Holbeach in front against AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Photo: Steve Relf
Jamie Clarke celebrates after putting Holbeach in front against AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Photo: Steve Relf
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A season which offered so much hope at Holbeach United ultimately brought changes and huge disappointment.

At the end of January they were on course for a historic quadruple.

The Tigers had set the early pace in the championship race and even when they were off top spot, they had games in hand to regain pole position.

A draw at home to AFC Rushden & Diamonds – who snatched a late leveller amid claims of offside which were waved away – still arguably left Holbeach as title favourites.

A few days later they sent a reserve side to Grantham Town and duly got knocked out of the Lincolnshire FA Senior Trophy.

Defender Jonny Allen’s horrific broken leg came in a shock defeat at Carter’s Park against Cogenhoe United and they needed a last-gasp goal for another Lee Dube hat-trick to beat Huntingdon Town.

However, claims that ‘the wheels were falling off’ were repeatedly denied.

Extra-time defeat in the last 16 of the FA Vase against Erith & Belvedere ended the dreams of a Wembley final.

Joint-boss Graham Drury resigned and two weeks later John Chand also quit as the Tigers went out of the UCL Knockout Cup.

Darren Jarvis and Tom Roberts were brought in but Holbeach could only manage three home wins in March.

They ended the campaign with five successive draws and picked up three points in four games against bottom three Long Buckby, Sileby Rangers and Harborough Town.

After having those games in hand to go back to the top of the table, Holbeach ended in fourth place and they would have needed eight more wins to finish above Diamonds.

Over the summer Jarvis and Roberts will need to rebuild the squad and ensure the Tigers can last the pace next time.

APPEARANCES

League games (+ substitute)
Nick Conroy 36, Jamie Clarke 30, Lee Beeson 29 (+1), Jake Duffy 25, Gary King 23 (+13), Craig Parker 23 (+5), Jonny Allen 23, Danny Spencer 19 (+1), Ben Brown 17 (+4), Stacy Cartwright 16 (+3), Lee Dube 15 (+9), Matt Warfield 15 (+4), Aiden Kirby 14 (+1), Danny Steadman 12 (+7), Jamie Stevens 12, Andrew Tidswell 12, Jake Gibson 11 (+4), Dan Worthington 11, Charley Sanders 10 (+1), Kern Miller 10, Ollie Pinner 9 (+6), Ash Fuller 9, Niall Delahoy 6 (+6), Matty Nolan 6 (+2), Aaron Preston 4 (+2), Ashley Murrell 4, Jack Smith 4, Jordan Keeble 3 (+9), Tommy Treacher 3 (+4), Paul Newcombe 3 (+1), Jamie Anton 3, Courtney Meade 2 (+3), Liam Parker 2 (+1), Edward Adjei 2, James Bradley 2, David Deeney 2, Bradley Easey 1 (+2), Garry Guyan 1 (+1), Cymon Lambe 1 (+1), Ricky Lovelace 1, Daniel Maddison 1, Jermaine Palmer 1, Glen Wells 1, Gary Chappell 0 (+5), Jordan Drury 0 (+3), Lee Orrey 0 (+1), Curtis Revell 0 (+1), Antonio Rocco 0 (+1).

GOALS

Clarke 16, Dube 16, Beeson 13, Duffy 8, King 6, Fuller 5, Nolan 3, C Parker 3, Keeble 2, Sanders 2, Spencer 2, Tidswell 2, Treacher 2, Warfield 2, Brown 1, Cartwright 1, Drury 1, Gibson 1, Murrell 1, Newman 1, L Parker 1, Preston 1, Smith 1.

OVERALL RECORD

P57 W34 D10 L 13 F133 A81