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FOOTBALL: Tigers fight back from slow start

Jack Smith's third hat-trick of the season guided Holbeach United to another win.

The striker celebrated his return to the Tigers with a first-half treble after ON Chenecks raced into a two-goal lead.

Billy Smith was also on target again as Holbeach extended their 100 per cent league record in 2019.

Billy Smith
Billy Smith

However, manager Danny Hussey was not completely satisfied.

He said: "It was really eventful in the first half when we had a strong wind in our faces.

"They hit a screamer inside five minutes and you have to congratulate them for a great finish.

"But I was disappointed defensively with the second goal because we didn't put any pressure on the ball to close it down.

"I told the players before the game to make sure they didn't give any chances to get shots away from just outside the penalty box.

"So I was quite angry that they didn't listen and we found ourselves 2-0 down.

"We had worked on set-plays and they came to fruition.

Jack Smith
Jack Smith

"Jack ended with a hat-trick from a number 10 role where he was really effective.

"He has come back home with his mates and there's a smile on his face.

"We want him to do the right things without any pressure.

"We told him to work hard and express himself. He will be a good addition if he shows the form which he produced at the start of the season.

"Billy scored again to make it four goals in four games and all this came in the first half!

"I was very disappointed with the second half as I wanted more opportunities to add to our tally.

"We didn't look dangerous or clinical going forward.

"We will have to play a lot better to come away with three points against better sides like Eynesbury Rovers away on Tuesday night.

"I'm sure they will be at full strength but we have a few players missing so I'll need to look at some of our reserves.

"We need to get another positive result over there."


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