Tigers out to make further progress in the FA Cup

Holbeach celebrate Gary King's winning goal in the FA Cup at Wisbech Town. Photo: Adam Fairbrother.
Holbeach celebrate Gary King's winning goal in the FA Cup at Wisbech Town. Photo: Adam Fairbrother.

Holbeach United boss Darren Jarvis is relishing the opportunity of leading the Tigers into the second qualifying round of the FA Cup and beyond.

But first of all The Tigers must overcome a tough Stourport Swifts side at Carters Park.

It is all about having that little bit of luck and also showing plenty of desire on matchdays.

Holbeach United manager Darren Jarvis

Jarvis said: “The FA Cup is one of those competitions which captures the imagination of everyone.

“It’s the most famous cup competition in the world and in the past there have been Step Four and Five clubs reach the first round proper, so you never know.

“It is all about having that little bit of luck and also showing plenty of desire on matchdays. It’s very exciting for any football club.”

“There’s a massive financial incentive for the football club.

“If we can win on Saturday it will be the furthest the club have been in the competition for 15 or 16 years which would be quite an achievement and something the club could be very proud of.”

Swifts are currently second in the Midland League Premier Division and at the weekend they accounted for Pegasus Juniors in the FA Vase.

“I’ve been doing my homework on them,” admitted Jarvis.

“I’ve spoken to a few managerial contacts who play in the same league as them and they’ve made a fantastic start to the new season.

“I’m making sure that we are fully-prepared for the game.”

Long-term injury Jamie Stevens remains sidelined, while Nick Jackson is cup-tied for Holbeach, who claimed the cup scalp of Wisbech in the previous round.

But luckily for the Tigers, recent acquisitions Ollie Gale and Jordan Thomas are both eligible to play while Ollie Pinner returns from suspension.

Jarvis was delighted with Thomas’ contribution after coming on to feature in the final 30 minutes against Oadby Town last weekend.

“Jordan showed us in that 30 minutes what an outstanding footballer he is,” said Jarvis.

“He is a young lad who is hungry to succeed.

“He fits the profile of our football club.”