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FOOTBALL: Holbeach United stick together for away win under caretaker management

First-half goals from Spencer Tinkler and Will Bird earned victory for Holbeach United in the first game since Seb Hayes resigned as manager.

They were on target for the Tigers at Harborough Town on Saturday when Tim Cole and Adam Jackson took caretaker charge.

After failing to score in three successive games, Holbeach hit back for maximum points to move into fourth place.

Will Bird
Will Bird

Player-coach Jackson said: "Without exaggerating, we could have scored five or six times before the break with some seriously clear-cut chances.

"There was a lot of good football played on the 4G pitch.

"We decided to bring back Kieran Hamilton to use his pace down the right wing and he gave us a good performance for around 65 minutes.

"Jay Whyatt slotted in at right-back, Reif Clarke did very well when he came on and everyone produced seven or eight out of 10.

"We need those young lads because we don't have a budget with hundreds of pounds to potentially bring in more signings.

"It could have gone either way for us after Seb left. We made it clear that we needed to know whether these players wanted to be here.

"Everyone addressed it in the right way and stuck together.

"Harborough caused us problems when we beat them 1-0 earlier in the season.

"They have good, established players at this level who know how the ball bounces on their artificial pitch, just like Yaxley did last season.

"Ricky Drury made two or three saves but they were comfortable for him.

"The first goal was fortunate as Harborough's keeper flapped at Billy Smith's cross and the ball went in off Tinkler's hip.

"We usually start slowly so it was great to go ahead inside the opening 10 minutes.

"Hamilton put the ball into the box for Bird to make it 2-0 and we'd asked for that kind of quality.

"James Tricks dragged another chance wide, Bird and Jonny Clay both headed over and there were a lot of positives coming out of this game."


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