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Holbeach pick up first league point of the season at Boston Town




Holbeach United manager Phil Barnes was happy to see his side claim their first league point of the season after a tight draw at Boston Town on Tuesday night.

The Tigers showed character to bounce back from the Emirates FA Cup defeat against Sheffield, taking the lead against the Poachers at the DWB Stadium.

A Josh Ford free kick was brilliantly finished off by full back Luke Wilson with a diving head after just five minutes.

Luke Wilson opened the scoring for Holbeach United at Boston Town on Tuesday night.Photo by Chris Lowndes.
Luke Wilson opened the scoring for Holbeach United at Boston Town on Tuesday night.Photo by Chris Lowndes.

But Luke White equalised five minutes before half time when he picked up a pass from ex-Tigers' player Lee Beeson before breaking clear and finishing low past Holbeach goalkeeper Ricky Drury.

In the second half, Adam Jackson was denied twice by Boston keeper Travis Portas, while substitute Harrison Holland was denied by Drury ten minutes from time.

Barnes said: "I think a draw was probably fair overall, although we edged it in terms of having the better chances.

Holbeach United manager Phil Barnes (left) and coach Martyn Bunce.Photo by Chris Lowndes.
Holbeach United manager Phil Barnes (left) and coach Martyn Bunce.Photo by Chris Lowndes.

"We had two really good chances in the last few minutes where we could have snatched it.

"The goal came from a great ball in by Josh and a good diving header by Luke who made really good contact with ball.

"Boston pressed us really high all over the pitch, not giving us any time on the ball and we found it difficult after our early goal.

"They got on top of us for 25 minutes up to half time and scored their equaliser.

"But we kept hold of the ball better in the second half and got it out to the wide areas, enabling us to play more in Boston's half after the break.

"We showed a lotn of character and a big will to win on Tuesday.

"There was a real togetherness and that's all you can ask for so if they keep that up, our quality will come through."

Holbeach made the short trip to Boston without Michael Frew who injured his hamstring in his side's 2-1 defeat to Deeping Rangers at Carter's Park last Wednesday.

Also missing for the Tigers on Tuesday night were new striker signing Luke Tunstall and Joe Smith who was sent off in the FA Cup defeat last Saturday.

Barnes said: "Will Barnes came into the midfield and did well in what was a baptism of fire for him.

"We also played Josh Ford in his natural possession down the middle, instead of in a wider area, and he did well in that respect."

Holbeach next face league rivals Loughborough University in the Buildbase FA Vase first qualifying round at Carter's Park on Saturday.



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