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FOOTBALL: Seven up for Tigers after slow start

Danny Hussey's half-time plans produced a huge win for Holbeach United.

The Tigers pounced seven times after the break at Eslaforde Park on Saturday against 10-man Sleaford Town.

The bottom-of-the-table Greens got a red card in the opening period but Holbeach didn't take advantage until Hussey's tactical switch.

Jonny Lockie
Jonny Lockie

Jonny Lockie (2), Josh Ford (2), Luke Wilson, Liam Adams and an own goal took them into fourth place.

Tigers boss Hussey said: "We were playing with the wind in the first half but we went too direct.

"They sat back and defended really well by working hard to stop us creating clear-cut chances.

"After the sending-off, we changed the formation to three at the back and sent Josh up front.

"We tried to moved the ball from side to side but it didn't really work.

"I knew what I wanted so went into the changing room a few minutes before the half-time whistle to set everything up.

"The tempo was slow and we weren't moving the ball quickly enough.

"In the second half, the boys executed the plan and we could have scored double figures.

Josh Ford
Josh Ford

"Josh went from right-back to centre-forward and proved a point to me that he wants to be up front.

"His performance warranted those goals and he could have easily got a hat-trick.

"I didn't want to hear any excuses about the bobbly pitch or strong wind.

"Once you start passing the ball to feet, it becomes much easier.

"The lads got hungrier and we looked like scoring again every time we went forward in the second half.

"Sleaford are a young side and when they went down to 10 men, we had to exploit the weaknesses by getting on top and breaking them down.

"It was always going to be hard for them to come back when we kept applying the pressure.

"The lads enjoyed playing good football in the second half and it was nice to watch."

Holbeach are back in action on Saturday at Clifton All Whites in the Buildbase FA Vase second qualifying round.

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