TIGERS: Chand chasing first Holbeach silverware

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JOHN Chand is determined to deliver his first trophy as Holbeach United manager tonight.

The Tigers make the trip to Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank for the Lincs FA Senior Trophy final (7.45pm), with Barton Town Old Boys lying in wait.

Although used to winning silverware with previous club Magnet Tavern, Chand admits delivering a cup win in his second season as Holbeach boss would be a bit special.

And with the club last lifting a trophy back in 2003, both he and the players have a chance to etch their names on the club’s history.

“We’re all really looking forward to it,” admitted Chand. “It’d be great to win a bit of silverware and everyone at the club is buzzing.

“Not many of the lads will have played in such a big game at a decent ground, so it’s a massive occasion.

“First and foremost, I want to win this game for the chairman and committee, who have been nothing short of outstanding since I came here.

“It’d also be nice to give something back to the fans, who have been great this season.

“For myself and the lads, it’ll be one to add to the CV and we’re all up for it.”

Chand will have to do without unavailable trio Derwayne Stupple, Liam Nimmo and James Wilson, but skipper Jamie Stevens is back to lead the trophy charge.

Opponents Barton have enjoyed a mixed season in the Northern Counties East League. They currently sit 11th in the standings, but have reached the NCEL President’s Cup final and enjoyed a decent run in the FA Vase.

“It’ll be a tough game,” added Chand, whose side have not played since last Saturday. “They will fancy their chances and so do we.

“I don’t know a massive amount about them, but I think the Lincoln pitch will suit our style of play.

“We’re certainly very confident in our ability.”

Fans making the trip to Lincoln can expect to pay £4 entry for the final. There may still be places left on the coach leaving from Holbeach, call 07733 123936 for information.

Alternatively, you can follow @LFPSport on Twitter for live updates from the game.

• The Tigers will now visit Daventry United on Thursday night (7.45pm), before finishing their season at Deeping Rangers on Saturday (3pm).