TIGERS: Perfect preparation as Holbeach win again

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HOLBEACH UNITED 3 BOSTON UNITED RESERVES 1: IMPRESSIVE Holbeach completed a perfect pre-season by making it six wins out of six at Carter’s Park on Saturday.

The Tigers’ new-look SAS strikeforce of Addie Staffieri and Ashley Stevens led the way with a goal apiece, while ex-Pilgrim Jamie Stevens also notched against his former club.

It was all over by half time, with Holbeach racing into a comfortable 3-0 lead.

Boston replied with a 35-yard Bert Snaith blockbuster on 65 minutes, but John Chand’s side were already in cruise control.

Chand said: “It was another good run-out for the lads and it was a solid performance.

“I’m glad we’ve got pre-season out of the way now. The spirit is great at the club and I’m happy with how things are shaping up.

“Although I’ve always said pre-season isn’t about results, of course you always want to win and I couldn’t really have asked for more from the boys.

“I though Ash and Addie looked really good together in attack. Addie is just so clinical, he only had once chance and he buried it.”

All Chand’s efforts now turn to the start of the UCL Premier Division season at Kempton Rovers on Saturday.

With such a strong squad at his disposal, many are tipping his side to be a real threat at the top half of the table.

Although only 11 places are available in the starting line-up, the Holbeach supremo insists that everybody within the club will have a vital role to play.

Chand added: “It’s definitely looking good for us, but we need to take this form into the league games.

“It’s important that everyone is behind what we’re trying to achieve and I hope the lads have bought in to the idea of a squad.

“It’s not just about the 11 players that start on Saturday, it’s a long season and everyone will have a role to play.

“We’ve got great strength in depth, which is something I consider vital.”

Holbeach’s ranks could be further strengthened by the return of Luke Kennedy.

The midfielder has been training with St Neots Town over the summer, but played for the Tigers on Saturday.

Chand confirmed to the Lincolnshire Free Press that ex-Spalding United and Wisbech Town man Kennedy has been offered terms – and he could put pen to paper at training tonight.

• DEEPING Rangers concluded their pre-season schedule with a 1-1 draw against Lincoln United at Outgang Road on Saturday.

Player/boss Tuncay Korkmaz has also swooped to add left back Nick Jackson to his squad.

It’s the second time Korkmaz has signed ex-Boston United defender Jackson, having snapped him up during his stint with Evo-Stik League First Division South side Stamford.

Deeping start their UCL Premier Division season with a home clash against Thrapston on Saturday (3pm).

Selected friendly results (Saturday) – Bedford Town 1 King’s Lynn 1; Nuneaton Griff 0 Long Buckby 7; Peterborough NS 3 Ilkeston 1; Yaxley 6 Whittlesey BS 0; King’s Cliffe 2 S&L Corby 0; Eynesbury 3 AFC Kempston Rovers 3.