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FOOTBALL: 'We will be giving everything in the FA Vase as this is a special tournament'

Seb Hayes
Seb Hayes

Holbeach United kick off their campaign in the Buildbase FA Vase with a trip to Biggleswade United on Saturday.

The Tigers were given exemption from both qualifying rounds.

However, boss Seb Hayes expects another tough test at the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division side.

He said: "Biggleswade are going quite well in the league but we need to concentrate on ourselves and make sure we are ready.

"I've reached the third round of the FA Vase a couple of times so I'd love to get past that stage.

"I know it's early in the season but we really want to have a proper push for the league title.

"From day one, that has been the target and we are starting to show some form.

"The FA Vase is not a hindrance because it's a brilliant competition where we also want to do well.

"If we are knocked out, we can look at the bigger picture and push for the championship.

"We will be giving everything in the FA Vase as this is a special tournament."

Jonny Clay
Jonny Clay

Holbeach have not conceded in six-and-a-half hours of action with four successive clean sheets during a winning run.

First-half goals from Will Bird and Jonny Clay secured an impressive 2-0 victory at Desborough Town last weekend in the Future Lions United Counties League Premier Division.

The Tigers are expected to name the same squad at Biggleswade as Jamie Stevens remains unavailable, James Tricks is cup-tied and Josh Ford is serving a three-match ban.

Teenager Reif Clarke - who had a spell at Pinchbeck United last season - made his debut as a substitute at Desborough.

Hayes added: "This is the best crop of under-18s we've had at Holbeach and five members of the squad are regularly training with the first team.

"There are another two or three with outstanding ability who have played with the reserves. Seven or eight youngsters are good enough to play first-team football."

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