Home   Sport   Article

FOOTBALL: Derby day at Holbeach United

Holbeach lost 4-0 at Wisbech on Boxing Day
Holbeach lost 4-0 at Wisbech on Boxing Day

Holbeach United will face two championship challengers at Carter’s Park ahead of next week’s cup final.

The Tigers are currently just three points behind Wisbech Town and Newport Pagnell Town.

Tonight’s derby date with the second-placed Fenmen is followed by the Swans’ visit on Saturday (2pm kick-off) in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.

Holbeach are preparing for the Lincolnshire FA Senior Trophy final against Grimsby Borough next Wednesday at Lincoln United’s ground.

But a four-match winning run was ended at Eynesbury Rovers last weekend.

Boss Seb Hayes said: “I told them at half-time and full-time on Saturday that it was not acceptable.

The previous three derbies with Wisbech have been awful and we didn’t even finish any of those games with 10 men on the pitch.
Seb Hayes

“It seems that every time I praise them, those comments are followed up by a negative and sloppy performance.

“So I’ll stick with being horrible as it seems to work by getting a response.

“I praised them after four wins and they backed it up with a rubbish performance.

“The players will have to listen to me moaning at them until the end of the season.

“Tonight, I want to see a good performance. The previous three derbies with Wisbech have been awful and we didn’t even finish any of those games with 10 men on the pitch.

“As a manager, I have a good record against Newport Pagnell so I can be confident going into Saturday’s game.

“But I don’t know whether the team are going to turn up.

“It’s not about trying to stop Wisbech or Newport Pagnell winning the league.

“I’m not bothered if we beat Wisbech but they go on to take the title.

“I don’t care about my side being motivated by Wisbech’s league position.

“I want them to put in a good performance in a derby and get a positive result.”

Midfielder Luke Avis will be ruled out with an ankle injury. However, he could be available against Newport Pagnell.

Holbeach have conceded 14 goals in three successive defeats to Wisbech and picked up three red cards.

Since Hayes took over, the Tigers have lost 3-1, 7-2 and 4-0 to the Fenmen.


Carlton v Gresley.


Premier Division: Holbeach v Wisbech, Oadby v Newport Pagnell (at Blaby & Whetstone).

Division One: Buckingham v Lutterworth Athletic, Burton Park Wanderers v Bugbrooke St Michaels, Lutterworth Town v Melton, Rushden & Higham v Bourne.

Reserve Division: Peterborough Northern Star v Harborough, Raunds v Irchester, Rothwell Corinthians v Stewarts & Lloyds.


Division Three: Holbeach Bank v Leverington Sports Res.

Division Four: Orton Rangers v Parkside, Tydd St Mary Res v Holbeach A.


Premier Division (7.15pm): Skegness Town Res v Billinghay.

Division Two (6.30pm): Park v Railway Res.


Under-12 Division One: Boston Amber v Stamford Young Daniels Red, Deeping Clarets v Feeder, Holbeach Yellows v Netherton Wagtails (7pm).

Under-12 Division Two (6pm): Werrington v ICA Sports Napoli.

Under-12 Division Three: One Touch v Netherton Ravens.

Under-13 Division Three: Bourne Red v Oundle.


Under-15 Division Two (6.30pm): Thurlby Tigers v Baston.


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More