FOOTBALL: A strange case of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ performances at Holbeach United

Seb Hayes
Seb Hayes
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Seb Hayes is worried about the level of performance which Holbeach United will produce on Saturday.

Even the Tigers’ website called them Jekyll and Hyde after one of their best displays of the season brought a 2-0 home win over Eynesbury Rovers last month.

Ollie Pinner

Ollie Pinner

That followed a dismal 3-1 defeat at Kirby Muxloe which forced Hayes to criticise the squad’s inconsistency.

So which side of the Tigers’ personality will be on show at Wellingborough Town’s Dog & Duck this weekend?

Holbeach boss Hayes said: “I’m worried about it because we won a couple of games then we had the match against Cogenhoe United called off and we lost at Kirby Muxloe.

“I’m mindful that in terms of the result and performance we looked sluggish.

“After beating Eynesbury, we had a really good training session and the lads were buzzing.

“Unfortunately, the game at Peterborough Northern Star was called off last Friday night when both clubs were looking forward to playing in front of a big crowd.

“The players had all made arrangements for a weekend off so the postponement has scuppered our plans going into the next game at Wellingborough.

“It certainly wasn’t ideal having a week off on the back of a good result.

“The attitude, application and desire from the players against Eynesbury showed that they wanted to put it right from the Kirby Muxloe game.

“We had to be up for it against a good side who can destroy teams. I thought we were brilliant on the day.

“But we haven’t been like that often enough with the quality in our squad. They should be putting in good performances week in, week out. I don’t want to see those standards once every three or four weeks.

“We know Wellingborough are a proper UCL side – big, strong and physical. They can get the ball down and hurt you as well.

“If we play like we did at home to Eynesbury then we will feel confident.

“But if we play like we did at Kirby Muxloe then it will be a walk in the park for Wellingborough.”

Tommy Treacher and Ollie Pinner will miss Saturday’s game.

Treacher has a recovery plan to repair nerve damage in his hamstring.

Pinner is unavailable for the trip to the Dog & Duck – although he is also trying to overcome a hernia issue.

Hayes said: “Treacher’s in a lot of pain and he could be out for anything from a week to a month.

“Pinner declared himself fit as he’s very keen to play. But we have picked up a few injuries in the squad and we don’t any want long-term problems going into next season.”