TIGERS: Chand looking to next season

Tight tussle: Holbeach United's Matt Warfield battles with King's Lynn youngster Tom Barnes on Monday. Photo by Paul Tibbs
Tight tussle: Holbeach United's Matt Warfield battles with King's Lynn youngster Tom Barnes on Monday. Photo by Paul Tibbs

King’s Lynn Town FC 3 Holbeach United 0: JOHN Chand is already looking to next season after seeing his side conclude their campaign with a harsh defeat on Easter Monday.

Two late goals from Jamie Thurlbourne and Danny White flattered the high-flying Linnets, who had taken the lead through Chris Bacon in first-half stoppage time.

Holbeach had their moments though, as they wasted a spree of clear chances before Mitch Griffiths saw a late penalty saved.

Chand felt 3-0 was harsh on his side, but the defeat is unlikely to deprive him of any sleep.

He said: “I felt we gave a really good account of ourselves. If we’d have taken our chances we could have won, yet in the end we get beat 3-0.

“Tommy Treacher and Simon Mowbray both had clear one on one chances, while Mitch has missed a penalty.

“I’m pleased that we’ve put in another strong performance against one of the top teams though. It bodes well for next season.”

After a miserable first half of the season, Holbeach will finish either 16th or 17th in the UCL Premier Division depending on Yaxley’s result at already-relegated Rothwell Corinthians on Saturday.

That’s all irrelevant for Chand though, with all of his thoughts now focused on next season.

The Holbeach boss admits he’ll be working tirelessly over the summer to ensure his side are well-prepared for an improved showing next time around.

Chand added: “I have a number of targets in mind, but I’m not interested in players that want to train with two of three different teams.

“With Spalding now in the UCL, I’m expecting a number of players to have plenty of options.

“But I’m a big believer in getting players on-board early and I’d like to have the team in place by the start of pre-season.

“I think we need to look at improving the spine of the team, but in general there is a great solid base of players here already.

“All of the lads have already indicated that they’d like to stay next season and hopefully we’ll have them signed up by the time we host our presentation night on June 4.”

One player that won’t be a part of next season’s squad is midfielder Omar Joof.

The club captain made his final Tigers appearance as a late substitute at the Walks Stadium.

Lynn: Street, Bexfield, Alsop, L Thurlbourne, Stone (McNeil), Fryatt, Spriggs, White, Defty, Barnes (Bacon), J Thurlbourne.

Tigers: Hewitt, Thompson, Newton, Reed, Elston (Joof), Warfield, Allen, Kennedy, Treacher, Mowbray, Griffiths.

Goals: Lynn - Bacon 45, J Thurlbourne 88, White 90