Tigers happy to get home draw

Danny Spencer
Danny Spencer

Joint-manager John Chand is not too concerned over the prospect of Holbeach United taking on the favourites to be Wembley winners in the FA Vase.

Victory over Erith & Belvedere at Carter’s Park on Saturday would put the Tigers into the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

The winners will be at home to North Shields who are the bookmakers’ joint-favourites.

Chand said: “All you can ask for is a home draw but if we get through to the next round it will be equally tough.

“I’m not sure how much the bookies know about teams at our level but North Shields are probably favourites because they play in a league which has done well in the FA Vase.

“I don’t really pay too much attention to those odds as we have a tough game to win first against Erith & Belvedere.

“It was definitely the right decision to call the game off last weekend due to a frozen pitch. We’re looking forward to playing them on Saturday.”

Joint-manager Graham Drury added: “We would like to rewrite the history books.

“We have matched the achievement of reaching the last 16 in 1989 but now we’d like to go one better than Alan Day’s squad.

“It will certainly be a tough game against Erith who I’m sure saw some flaws in our game on Wednesday.”

Holbeach captain Danny Spencer - an unused substitute for Wednesday’s win at Huntingdon Town - has recovered from a hamstring injury while loan signing Jamie Anton is set to play at right-back after an impressive midweek debut.

Central defender Ben Brown looks likely to be replaced by Spencer after suffering a back injury in the second half against Huntingdon when Lee Dube’s hat-trick made the difference.