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FOOTBALL: Mistakes so costly again for Tigers

Two late goals sent Holbeach United to a fourth successive defeat.

The Tigers were punished for defensive errors as third-placed Rugby Town took the points from Carter's Park.

Danny Hussey
Danny Hussey

Boss Danny Hussey said: "The performance was superb as everyone on the pitch gave their all.

"Mistakes cost us at the end and Rugby went away smiling over how they had managed to win it.

"The positives were the endeavour and work-rate.

"Callum Davies got 90 minutes and Lewie Harker came in at right-back to show these youngsters will play in the first team if they are good enough.

"But a lack of concentration in the last 15 minutes meant we lost the game.

"The players need to take responsibility themselves or they are going to struggle.

"The first goal came from a long ball over the top but our central defenders and goalkeeper didn't want to to make a decision.

"The ball bounced over Ricky Drury's head for a tap-in to make it 2-0.

"The pitch was a leveller and it needs to be sorted out for next season.

"Otherwise we will have to get a side full of big lumps who knock the ball long.

"At the moment, people are paying to watch these physical and competitive games where the ball is bobbling around and out of play.

"Our squad was also down to the bare bones and we'll need to look at that.

"Will Bird's partner gave birth on Friday night so we clearly couldn't expect him to play.

"But I only found out late that evening Josh Ford was suspended.

"Tom Smith also came off with a groin injury and I named myself on the bench as a second substitute. I'm 43 and I retired eight years ago!

"We asked the reserves for support but we didn't get a great response.

"The management of Phil Barnes and Dean Elston did their best again but we're struggling to get interest from reserve players on the pathway into the first-team squad."

Holbeach head to Kirby Muxloe on Saturday and return home against Pinchbeck United on Monday.


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