TIGERS: New boys make their mark as Chand chases Staffieri

Instant impact: Paul Goodhand and (below) Andrew Tidswell scored as Holbeach United beat Soham Town Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday night. Photos by TIM WILSON
Instant impact: Paul Goodhand and (below) Andrew Tidswell scored as Holbeach United beat Soham Town Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday night. Photos by TIM WILSON
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HOLBEACH UNITED 2 SOHAM TOWN RANGERS 1: DEBUTANTS Andrew Tidswell and Paul Goodhand fired Holbeach to victory in their first pre-season clash on Tuesday night.

The duo struck in the first half at Carter’s Park as the Tigers saw off higher-graded opposition with a degree of swagger.

Soham did manage to pull one back in the second period, but Holbeach boss John Chand was delighted with what he saw.

He said: “They are a league higher than us and are a good side, so to beat them is encouraging.

“We created a lot of chances in the first half and were full value for the lead, but came under a bit of pressure after the break.

“But the lads didn’t fold and that was very pleasing.”

Chand was able to wrap up two more signings after the fixture, with defender Ben Brown and keeper Leigh Overton both agreeing terms.

But the future of top transfer target Addie Staffieri is still up in the air.

The former Blackstones goal machine has been training with the Tigers and Chand is eager to secure both his signature and that of his brother Giuliano.

Both featured against Soham, but have yet to sign on the dotted line.

Chand admits that he needs an answer from the duo in the coming days – or he’ll be forced to look elsewhere.

He said: “I need a decision from them really. We’ve laid our cards on the table and the ball is now in their court.

“I know Addie has a few other teams interested in him, but we really want him at Holbeach and I think he would do a cracking job for us.

“It’s important everything is sorted by Tuesday at the latest, we can’t afford to leave things to the last minute.”

On his two new signings, Chand added: “Leigh is a great lad and is a top keeper, while Ben is exactly the kind of player we’ve been missing in defence.”

Holbeach host Oadby on Saturday (3pm) and Louth Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).