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Holbeach United welcome the move to the Thurlow Nunn League

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Holbeach United manager Danny Clifton has welcomed his side's switch to the Thurlow Nunn League with open arms.

The Tigers will be lining up in the Eastern Counties League Division One North next season following their relegation last term.

The move will see the Tigers travelling to Norfolk and Suffolk for many of their matches in the coming campaign.

Holbeach manager Danny Clifton. (56766267)
Holbeach manager Danny Clifton. (56766267)

But Clifton feels the switch will benefit his side as the club ends their long association with the United Counties League.

He said: "You do have to think about the logistics which come with it, but I'm welcoming it with open arms.

"You have to travel whatever league you are in when you go up the levels and I can't see any issue with it.

"My preference with it is that I have a bit of knowledge on the league from working with Cambridge United.

"We worked with a lot of teams out that way and, having looked at the clubs which are in it, it will probably be a little bit better footballing wise.

"I don't think there will be so much hustle and bustle so I do think it will suit me better and the players which I've got."

The Tigers have also bolstered their backroom team for the coming campaign.

Long-serving Holbeach goalkeeper Rick Drury has committed to joining the coaching team which has been boosted by the acquisition of Simon Roberts.

Roberts has previously been at Peterborough League side Netherton United and took over at Yaxley Reserves in the United Counties League when Clifton left the Cuckoos for the Holbeach.

Rick Drury (56766277)
Rick Drury (56766277)

The Tigers boss added: "It's really good that Rick has committed to join the coaching team while it's the perfect time for Simon to come over as well because he will put so much effort, time, energy and commitment into the club.

"He came over to Holbeach when the season had finished to look at the ground and loved it and we have now got a good core of our coaching team as well as a new physio.

"We can now put last season behind us and start working towards the new one which is exciting and everyone is buzzing about it."

The Tigers have lined up a home pre-season friendly with United Counties League Premier Division North neighbours Deeping Rangers on Saturday, July 16.

They then host Lincolnshire League champions and Lincs Junior Cup winners Wyberton on Tuesday, July 19, before visiting March Town on Friday, July 22.

A match against Peterborough League Premier Division side Crowland Town has also been organised for Tuesday, July 26.

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