JOHN Chand remains confident that Holbeach United will finish in the top six of the UCL Premier Division – despite seeing his side suffer two beatings on the bounce.
An extra-time FA Cup defeat to Hucknall Town and Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Peterborough Northern Star have threatened to wreck the Tigers’ super start to the season.
But Chand is adamant that Holbeach were unlucky to lose both games and wants a reaction from his charges against S & L Corby at Carter’s Park on Saturday (3pm).
The Tigers boss said: “I genuinely believe that we haven’t deserved to lose a game so far this season.
“Top six has always been the target and the lads are fully aware of that. I feel it’s achievable and am confident we can get back to winning ways on Saturday.
“I think we were a little sloppy at the back in the past two games, which is unlike us. I expect a better performance from everyone after having a week off.”
Visitors S & L come into Saturday’s clash without an away league win so far this campaign.
Having appointed former Irchester United manager Darren Young in the summer, they also signed the majority of their squad too.
Two of Holbeach’s best performances of last season came against Irchester – a fact Chand hasn’t forgotten.
He added: “Corby will always be big and strong. They’ve got a good side.
“But we enjoyed our games against Irchester last year and hopefully we’ll deliver against what is basically the same side.”
Holbeach’s Lawrence Lambley (foot) faces a fitness test ahead of the clash, while Matt Warfield (leg) is still some way from a return to action.