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TIGERS: Chand chasing pivotal Saints win

John Chand, pictured receiving the UCL manager of the month award for December last week, is targeting a decisive win at St Ives. Photo by JAKE WHITELEY

John Chand, pictured receiving the UCL manager of the month award for December last week, is targeting a decisive win at St Ives. Photo by JAKE WHITELEY

 

Holbeach United could have one hand on the UCL Premier Division trophy on Saturday night – if they can win at chief rivals St Ives Town.

That’s the view of Tigers chief John Chand ahead of the crunch clash at Westwood Road (3pm), with the season very much entering its business end.

Table-topping Holbeach make the trip to Cambridgeshire with a healthy 14-point cushion over their hosts, but having played four games more. Never one to get too carried away, Chand insists he’d be happy with a draw.

But the highly-rated boss warned his high-flying Tigers that they’ll be in for a rough afternoon against the one of the UCL’s most direct teams.

“I’m really looking forward to this one,” admitted Chand. “St Ives are renowned for their impressive home form – which probably has something to do with the state of their pitch.

“The surface isn’t ideal and that’ll obviously affect our style of play, while they know how to get the best out of it.

“We’ve proved that we can dig in, though. I may have to utilise the squad and pick a team that can handle their long-ball style, but that’s the beauty of having a squad.

“If we win then it’d be extremely difficult for them to catch us with us having just ten games left. The saying is that we’d have one hand on the trophy, I suppose. I’d never play for a draw, but that’d be a decent result for us – especially with them playing Spalding on Tuesday night.”

St Ives have major injury worries over key duo Will Fordham and Jimmy Dean, but Holbeach have no fresh concerns ahead of the trip, with striker Jason Turner and Wes Lewis both available.

They are bidding to become only the second visiting team to win at Westwood Road in the league this season.

 

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