TIGERS: Sleaford trio take the Maddison avenue to Holbeach

SLEAFORD RAID: Glen Maddison
SLEAFORD RAID: Glen Maddison
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New Holbeach United chief Glen Maddison has kicked off his Carter’s Park rebuilding job with a triple raid on former side Sleaford Town.

Maddison, who replaced UCL Premier Division title-winning boss John Chand at the Carter’s Park helm just over a week ago, has landed Joe Braithwaite, Ash Murrell and Chris Shipley.

Braithwaite is perhaps the pick of the new captures. The 22-year-old, who can play in defence or midfield, skippered Sleaford last season and is the Lincolnshire side’s current players’ player of the year.

Murrell, formerly of Deeping Rangers, is equally adept at right back or right midfield and was one of Maddison’s top performers. Shipley is likely to take up a role in midfield and is described as a “gem” by the new Tigers manager.

Maddison has also secured the signatures of keeper Leigh Overton and defender Jack Smith, who were both key members of last year’s double winning squad.

The Holbeach boss said: “It’s coming together...slowly. Obviously I was under no illusions that much of last year’s team would leave, so I’m looking to make signings.

“Joe is a very good player, he’s still only 22 and had three great years at Sleaford. He’s a solid defender and will do a good job. With Jack and Leigh also signing on, it gives us a solid foundation to build on.

“I’m also pleased that Ash and Chris have chosen to join too. Ash was great last season, while Chris has proved a real gem since being plucked from the Lincolnshire League.”

Maddison also hopes to speak to club legend Matt Warfield this week as he bids to persuade the midfielder to play on for another season.

But he expects Dan Flack, Ash Stevens, Tommy Treacher and Craig Parker to head to Deeping, while vice captain Ben Brown has followed playmaker Andy Toyne in joining Lincoln United.