Tigers will set the standard

Darren Jarvis and Tom Roberts
Darren Jarvis and Tom Roberts
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Holbeach United’s new-look squad will report back for pre-season training next week.

Tigers manager Darren Jarvis and assistant Tom Roberts are ready to step up their plans for a championship challenge.

Following the resignations of joint-bosses Graham Drury and John Chand last season, Holbeach’s bid for honours fell apart.

But this summer Jarvis and Roberts have put together a group which they feel can stay at the top of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.

Roberts said: “The lads will be back in training on Tuesday night.

“We got all our transfer business done early on and now we are hoping to put what we need to do into fruition on the pitch.

“We are not that far off from having a full squad ready.

“We have been speaking to a couple of wide players and we are just waiting for their answers.

“We are not in a position where we would need to make rash decisions or any panic signings.

“The squad is looking in very good shape and we know what we want to achieve next season.

“This will be our own side so we will look to put patterns of play into place and set the standards.”

Dan Worthington and Corey Newman – who both came from Boston United’s youth team to help Holbeach towards the end of last term – have agreed to return along with the majority of the first-team squad.

A friendly between a ‘mixed’ Tigers team and the Pilgrims’ youngsters will be played at Carter’s Park on Thursday, July 23.

The home game against Louth Town on Saturday, July 18 has been cancelled.

Midfielder Danny Steadman is the latest player to agree terms to stay.

Roberts added: “I played with him at Spalding United so I know what he brings. His pedigree and experience will help the younger lads here.”