Top-four target for Christmas

Holbeach celebrate the equaliser. Photo: Steve Relf
Holbeach celebrate the equaliser. Photo: Steve Relf
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A top-four place over the festive period is the target for Holbeach United.

The Tigers remain level on points with leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds after Saturday’s 1-1 draw in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s 
Premier Division.

Lee Beeson levelled in first-half stoppage-time after his penalty was saved to cancel out an early opener.

Joint-manager Graham Drury admitted Holbeach were happy with a point to preserve their unbeaten away record this season.

He said: “I’ve got to give credit to Diamonds because I thought they were the better side who created chances.

“We came to take something away from the game.

“We would have settled for being only 1-0 down at half-time because we knew we were hanging on.

“It was a great time just before the break to get the goal.

“We were looking to hit back after a 4-0 home defeat so we told the players it was all about responding to that.

“We have done that with a good point which can now be a building block.

“I thought it was a very enjoyable game and we are happy with a point against a good side like Diamonds.

“Now we need to look to be in the thick of it around Christmas and New Year.

“We’ve got to be stronger after that period because the good sides will be taking points off each other.

“So we need to be around the top four at Christmas. It will be important to do that.”

Meanwhile, Drury also defended himself over the touchline bust-up which spilled onto the pitch towards the end of Saturday’s game.

He said: “I was trying to calm it down but then one of their players pushed me in the back.

“The referee said he had seen it but maybe he used his common sense in the end.

“Incidents will happen in big games like that between the top two teams. It was like a derby game.”