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FOOTBALL: Final test for Tigers

Danny Hussey knows that Holbeach United must hit top form to cause a huge upset on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Tigers take on Future Lions United Counties League Premier Division champions Daventry Town in the KitmanUK Knockout Cup final at Raunds Town’s Kiln Park.

Holbeach United v Daventry Town
Holbeach United v Daventry Town

They finished in fifth place - 25 points behind the title winners.

Holbeach started the season with a 3-1 defeat at Daventry - but Hussey is hoping to finish the campaign in style.

He will take positives from the performance at Carter’s Park last month when Holbeach were 1-0 up and lost 2-1 in the final stages.

Hussey said: “We are working with a small squad and we’ll need to play at our best against the top side in the league this season.

“We want to keep it tight for the first 15 to 30 minutes by staying in the game.

“We can play our part in this final by creating chances.”

Deeping Rangers lost an appeal held by the Football Association at Wembley Stadium on Monday over their place in the Knockout Cup final.

They were eliminated for fielding an ineligible player in the 6-2 home win over Daventry.

Tyler Walker - who played in a previous round of the competition for Boston Town - came on as a late substitute for the Clarets in the semi-final.

Daventry were handed a place in the final as they chase a league and cup double.

Hussey added: “I’m sure it would have been a big crowd at Bourne Town if we were playing Deeping in the final.

“Instead we must travel to Raunds which is closer to Daventry and that doesn’t help us either.

“Our regular supporters will be there to cheer on the underdogs.”

Jonny Lockie is cup-tied after playing for Deeping while Tigers defender Joe Braithwaite is unavailable.

Admission prices at Kiln Park on Monday (3pm kick-off) are £6 for adults and £3 concessions.


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