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FOOTBALL: ‘Not good enough’ for Holbeach United

Luke Avis is denied during the draw with Wellingborough
Luke Avis is denied during the draw with Wellingborough

Holbeach United suffered another setback in the championship race on Saturday.

The Tigers slipped to fourth place as 10-man Wellingborough Town’s controversial penalty at Carter’s Park rescued a 1-1 draw.

Danny Brooks put Holbeach ahead early in the second half but substitute Matt Warfield faces a suspension after being sent off for the second time this season.

They are now four points off top spot in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division with three games in hand.

Title rivals Yaxley, Newport Pagnell Town and Wisbech Town struck six goals each - but Holbeach dropped two points.

Assistant manager Darren Edey said: “We can’t keep missing those chances.

Photos by Tim Wilson
Photos by Tim Wilson

“We had five, six or seven good opportunities and it would have been embarrassing to win 1-0 with that goal.

“It was massively frustrating but the referee’s decisions should not mask a performance where we were not good enough.

“We got out of jail at home to Harborough Town with a stoppage-time winner in the previous game.

“But we’ve stopped doing what we are good at in getting us into this league position.

We’ve stopped doing what we are good at in getting us into this league position.
Darren Edey

“Certain players are making excuses for missing our training sessions and then during matches, they are pointing the fingers at everyone else.”

Edey - who took charge again as boss Seb Hayes is serving a five-game stadium ban - was angered by the decision to award a penalty to Wellingborough following Adam Jackson’s challenge.

He said: “The assistant referee was in a better position and he told the referee that it wasn’t a foul.

“When he came across to the bench after they scored, he said the assistant agreed with the decision but he told us that he didn’t!

“They are supposed to be a team. All we want is a bit of consistency with the officials working together.

“We will have to wait for the report on the red card as well but I didn’t think it was a foul in the first place.”


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