Tigers go for positive approach

Holbeach substitute Courtney Meade is denied by keeper Rob Zand in stoppage-time before Boston sealed their 4-2 win in the FA Cup
Holbeach substitute Courtney Meade is denied by keeper Rob Zand in stoppage-time before Boston sealed their 4-2 win in the FA Cup
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Joint-boss Graham Drury is urging Holbeach United’s squad to feel positive tonight.

The Tigers take their 100 per cent league record to Boston Town who knocked them out of the FA Cup at Carter’s Park on Saturday.

A dominant first-half 
display put Holbeach on course for a sixth successive 
win but goalkeeper Nick 
Conroy was sent off as the Poachers celebrated a 4-2 
victory.

The teams meet again this evening in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.

Drury said: “The players have got to take heart from the first-half performance on Saturday and go to Boston with the same approach.

“We will look to have a bit more space in midfield but I’m not a big believer in looking at one performance to change the whole season.

“We had enough chances 
on Saturday to win three games so there wasn’t too much wrong.

“If we had taken those chances then it would have been comfortable.

“Danny Spencer was spot-on when he said scoring more goals would have made it easy for the backline. Instead we came under pressure.

“The positives were the way we played in the first half.

“The negatives were that we didn’t take those opportunities when they came around. On another day it would have been game over.

“All credit to Boston for three changes at half-time as they tried to nullify our pace.

“I’m disappointed that we didn’t adapt our game. We’ve got to learn to play a different way at times.

“Johnny Allen was very honest to admit he should have headed the ball away and that mistake has led to Conroy’s sending-off.

“We are disappointed to go out of the FA Cup and it would have been nice to enjoy a run in the competition.

“But we are never going to win it so I would be a lot more disappointed if we had been knocked out of the FA Vase.

“We wish Boston all the best at King’s Lynn Town in the next round.”

Conroy’s dismissal led to former Boston midfielder 
Ollie Pinner taking over in goal as Holbeach did not have a substitute keeper.

Tommy Treacher suffered a calf strain in the warm-up on Saturday and was replaced by Gary King who levelled at 2-2 soon after Holbeach had been reduced to 10 men.

Midfielder Jake Gibson is absent again tonight as he serves a suspension following his dismissal against Deeping Rangers.