Tigers boss looking for ‘acceptable’ run

Holbeach Utd left back Chris Ward takes on Ely City's Craig Neal.  Photo by Steve Relf.
Holbeach Utd left back Chris Ward takes on Ely City's Craig Neal. Photo by Steve Relf.

Holbeach United manager Darren Jarvis will accept nothing less than three points from Northampton Spencer’s visit to Carter’s Park on Saturday.

After a last-gasp defeat at Desborough Town and a 2-0 win over Sleaford Town, the Tigers were less than impressive in their FA Cup extra preliminary round tie against Ely City.

Jarvis’s men finally sealed a Fens showdown at Wisbech Town with a 4-0 at Ely in their replay on Tuesday.

But Jarvis admitted: “We just need to click a little bit and get the ball wide more for strikers Andy Tidswell and Josh Ford.

“It’s a settling-in period for us and we’re still gelling as a squad so I’m sure things will improve.”

Holbeach took control of their replay when Ford headed in from Tidswell’s free-kick after 12 minutes.

Gary King turned home Ollie Pinner’s through-ball three minutes after the half-hour mark to double the lead and King was on target again after 70 minutes, heading in Tidswell’s set-piece delivery.

The tie was settled five minutes from full-time when Ford headed home Tom Gosling’s cross to book a trip to the Elgoods Fenland Stadium a week on Saturday for the preliminary round.

Jarvis said: “It’s a huge incentive for us to progress in the FA Cup.

“It’s important both for the club financially and as something for the players to look back on with pride.

“Now we need to build on the win against Sleaford by beating Northampton Spencer who had a fantastic season last term when they got promoted.

“They will be wanting to establish themselves firmly in the UCL Premier Division so I’m sure that it will be another tough game.

“We’ve got to make sure that we have the right attitude because six points out of nine would be acceptable – anything less than that would be unacceptable.”

Jarvis could find a place in midfield for Stacy Cartwright after he came on against Ely on Saturday.