FOOTBALL: Tigers eye ‘fantastic’ top six spot

Glen Maddison
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Glen Maddison has challenged his Holbeach United side to keep their purple patch going as he eyes up a top six spot in the UCL Premier Division.

Having won five of their last seven league matches, the Tigers have transformed themselves from relegation candidates into a solid top ten outfit.

Tenth after Wednesday night’s home derby draw with Boston Town, Holbeach are hot on the heels of sixth-placed Wellingborough Town – who visit Carter’s Park on Saturday.

Maddison is expecting a tough test against the Doughboys, but is backing his side to keep their six-game unbeaten league run going.

He said: “Saturday will be a difficult one, Wellingborough are a decent side. They’re very much like they were last year – difficult to beat.

“I get on quite well with their manager Craig Adams and we chat quite a lot. He’s done a good job there.

“If we can get a result against Boston it’ll set us up nicely for this one. Positive wins in both matches will set us up nicely for a go at the top six or eight.

“It’s quite close at the moment, but I think it’d be a fantastic achievement if we finished that well.

“I know the club won the title last season, but I hope people realise that the aims were very different this year.”

Maddison has a clean bill of health for Saturday’s match – and hopes to be able to call upon the services of key defender Joe Braithwaite.

The central defender has spoken to Lincolnshire rivals Deeping Rangers following their seven-day notice of approach, but Maddison told the Spalding Guardian that he’s “95 per cent sure” his vice captain will stay.

He added: “I really hope we can tie down Braith. He’s spoken to Deeping and I’ve had a chat with him since.

“I’m confident that he’ll stay with us. He’s been our most consistent performer this season and I’d be gutted to lose him.

“Joe’s only 22 – and that’s young at this level. He’ll only get better and we hope that he decides to stay with us.”

Should he stay, Braithwaite will be up against former Holbeach favourite Jason Turner on Saturday.

The prolific striker was part of John Chand’s double-winning Tigers team of last season and looks set to make his first return to Carter’s Park since leaving the club over the summer.