TIGERS: Tidswell deal helps to soften Lewis loss

On the move: Andrew Tidswell, pictured scoring for Spalding last year, has joined Holbeach.

On the move: Andrew Tidswell, pictured scoring for Spalding last year, has joined Holbeach.

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IT’S been a bittersweet week for Holbeach United with one midfielder replacing another at Carter’s Park.

Tigers boss John Chand was delighted to complete the signing of former Spalding United midfielder Andrew Tidswell on Tuesday night.

But he’s equally disappointed to lose the services of Wes Lewis, who has joined higher-graded Bedford Town after a change of work circumstances.

Widely-regarded as one of Holbeach’s best players, the anchor man’s departure is the first setback for Chand and his side over pre-season.

However, Tidswell is an ample replacement, having starred for a poor Spalding side in Evo-Stik League First Division South last season.

Chand said: “I’m really glad we’ve got Tidswell on-board, he fits the blueprint for what we want to build at Holbeach.

“He’s young, hungry and wants to play the game in the right way.

“It’s a shame that Wes has had to leave, but it has been on the cards for a while in all honesty.

“He lives in Bedford and has got a new job in London, so he just couldn’t have committed himself to every game.

“He’s one of those players that can easily play at a higher level and he goes with the blessing of myself and the club.”

Chand also confirmed to the Spalding Guardian that he is in talks with a defender and a striker as he bids to bring his summer signing spree to a close.

He is hopeful that both deals could be sorted in time for Tuesday night’s pre-season opener against Soham Town Rangers at Carter’s Park (7.45pm).