Twin targets for Graham

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Graham Drury admits the challenge of staying on the road to Wembley was a key factor in becoming joint-boss at Holbeach United.

As well as competing towards the top of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division next season, the Tigers will be looking for a lengthy run in the FA Vase.

And it is that prospect of doing well in a national cup which persuaded Drury to end his break from non-League management.

The former Corby Town and Stamford boss has been out of the game since leaving Boston United in March 2013.

Now he has agreed to work alongside John Chand who will be aiming to regain the UCL title at Carter’s Park.

Drury said: “It came out of the blue really but I had a phone call from John after Steve Appleby pulled out.

“To be truthful I wasn’t planning on doing anything until we had a chat.

“I’ve known John for a long time. He has got ambition and he wants to achieve something.

“I looked at how Spalding United and Wisbech Town did in the FA Vase last season and I thought that’s a competition I’d like to do well in.

“John knows players in the UCL and I’ve got a few contacts from the leagues above so hopefully we can put together a decent side which will have a go in the FA Vase and do well in this division.

“We want to compete at the right end of the table and push other teams to the maximum if they want to finish above us.”

Drury has a track record of taking players from the UCL to a higher level, having signed the likes of Mark Jones and Paul Malone at Corby.

During his time in charge of the Steelmen he also worked with Gary King who is one of Holbeach’s summer signings.

Drury added: “I’ve been out of the game since leaving Boston and I wasn’t even looking for another job.

“There were a couple of opportunities but I didn’t take them.

“This will be a different role as joint-manager and I’ve never really done it before.

“I’ve come in to give a hand to John whether that’s talking to the press, coaching, signing players or anything else.

“On Saturday afternoons we will put our heads together and do what’s best for the club.

“As far as I’m concerned we are in this together to get results.

“I’m looking forward to having a go at it.”