TIGERS: Chand wary ahead of Quorn test
Runaway UCL Premier Division leaders Holbeach are bidding to clear another sizeable hurdle in their bid for the title on Saturday.
The Tigers welcome fourth-placed Quorn to Carter’s Park (3pm), as they bid to maintain their 14-point lead over St Ives.
The Leicestershire side are no longer considered title contenders after the sacking of Tommy Brookbanks and a consequent player exodus. They lost 3-0 at strugglers Sleaford Town last weekend and are some 20 points behind Holbeach.
Jason Turner, who is back with the Tigers after a brief stint with Kettering Town, is the only confirmed absentee for John Chand’s side, but keeper Leigh Overton is struggling with illness.
With three trophies still to play for the season, the Holbeach boss told the Spalding Guardian that he plans to keep four strikers on his books for the remainder of the season.
That means Turner, who scored on his return against Spalding United on Tuesday, will battle for a starting space with new signing Ashley Stevens, leading scorer Andrew Tidswell and the ever-impressive Tommy Treacher.
But Chand’s aware that every side will be out to deny his charges a historic Premier Division, UCL Cup and Lincs Senior Trophy treble.
“This is a big game,” admitted Chand. “Every team that plays us is going to raise their game and try to end our title bid, so we have to be prepared for that.
“I know they lost at Sleaford last weekend, but we can’t take them lightly.
”Having Jason back in the squad is a big boost, he’s the kind of striker you want at your club at the business end of the season.
“I’m confident that we can keep all four lads happy. There’s more than enough big games left to go around and the prospect of silverware is there for all of them.”
Should the Tigers beat Quorn, they’ll move 20 points clear of great rivals Spalding United.
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