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Holbeach United ready for Knockout Cup semi-final against Leicester Nirvana

Without a game at the weekend following the sad demise of Oadby Town, Holbeach United have had time to rest and regroup for their Knockout Cup semi-final against Leicester Nirvana on Wednesday.

But it wasn’t all relaxation for the Tigers as manager Danny Hussey had the players in for a training session ahead of tomorrow night’s game at Carter’s Park which is being sponsored by Sign Design.

“It was a bit windswept!” said Hussey. “It wasn’t ideal, but it was good to get the lads together rather than waste a Saturday.

“If we had had to have played in it, it would have been even worse!

“We got to work on some of the things we needed to practice for Wednesday night, so it was a useful exercise.”

Hussey will have a full squad to choose from for the cup game, bar striker Jonnny Lockie, who is cup-tied.

“I’d like to think we can make the home advantage count, but it’s up to the players to do the job and whichever side wants it the most will win,” said Hussey.

Nirvana will be hoping to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat at ON Chenecks on Saturday after being 2-1 up.

The game is a one-leg, knockout semi-final, with the final to be played against Deeping Rangers or current league leaders Daventry Town.

On Saturday, the Tigers will be at home to Newport Pagnell Town who probably will not be relishing a quick return to south Lincolnshire, having lost 1-0 at Deeping Rangers on Saturday.

“They are a good, strong, physical side,” said Hussey. “Some [players] are still there from when I was there.

“It was a tough game for Deeping and they did well to get the win.

“I think it will be the toughest game we have played so far - they are going to be a real challenge.”


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