TIGERS: Chand claims Staffieri deal

Big deal: John Chand
Big deal: John Chand

HOLBEACH United look to have finally landed strike ace Addie Staffieri after a summer-long pursuit.

The ex-Blackstones hitman contacted Tigers boss John Chand after Saturday’s rampant 10-0 friendly win at King’s Cliffe to confirm his intention to join the club.

UCL rivals Peterborough Northern Star and Stones, for who he fired over 20 goals last season, had hoped to secure Staffieri’s services.

Brother Giuliano Staffieri, who can play in defence or midfield, is also ready to sign forms at Carter’s Park after tonight’s home clash with Bedford Town (7.45pm).

Chand said: “We’ve officially agreed terms with both Addie and Giuliano and plan to send the forms off tonight.

“It’s great news as we’ve made no secret of our desire to sign them both.”

It’s another boost for Holbeach, who made it three pre-season wins out of three in imperious fashion at King’s Cliffe.

Red-hot Andrew Tidswell fired five of the ten goals, increasing his Tigers tally to seven in just three games.

Loz Lambley and Tommy Treacher also bagged doubles, while Nick Brown weighed in with a long range cracker.

Chand paid tribute to their Peterborough League hosts for agreeing to play his side, with original opponents Wisbech Town pulling out due to an injury crisis.

The Holbeach supremo said: “Credit to them, they stepped up to play us and kept their heads up. They could have kicked lumps out of us, but kept on playing.

“Obviously it’s not results that matter at this stage, but our form is encouraging.”

Former Tigers favourite Wes Lewis will make a return to Carter’s Park for Beford tonight, in what will be the Tigers’ toughest test so far.

But defender Mark Thompson won’t be involved for Holbeach, with Chand reluctantly allowing him to leave the club.

He played for Pinchbeck United on Saturday, but has yet to sign for another team.