FOOTBALL: ‘Job well done’ for Holbeach United

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Tom Roberts called for the same attitude from Holbeach United’s squad on Saturday after their midweek derby victory.

Second-half goals by Jordan Thomas and Jake Clitheroe secured the 3-1 win at Sleaford Town after Ryan Parnell cancelled out Nick Jackson’s opener on Wednesday night.

Tigers boss Roberts said: “Their goal took the wind out of us but our first-half performance wasn’t that bad.

“We worked a short corner and Nick Jackson got his head on the ball to put us in front.

“Whether the equaliser was offside or not, fair play to the lad who finished it off.

“We said during the break that we needed more quality in the final third.

In the second half we showed that hunger to score goals and win second balls.

Tom Roberts

“In the second half we showed that hunger to score goals and win second balls.

“Scoring so quickly was a bonus with some great inter-play between Thomas, Clitheroe and Jack Smith to set up a good finish.

“We had more chances and I thought both wide men - Thomas and Aaron Eyett - looked very sharp.

“Clitheroe deserved his goal and, although his shot took a deflection, it was on target anyway.

“Even after that we didn’t want to concede and we brought on substitutes who made an impact.

“Tyler Wright has made very good progress from his injury and it’s all about getting fully fit again.

“Tom Gosling has played at this level and for 15 to 20 minutes he gives us a different dimension in attack. Defenders are tired at that stage but he’s strong, quick and direct.

“Rick Drury came back in goal and he made a great save in the first couple of minutes when it would have been a different story if Sleaford had got a foothold in the game.

“Overall it was a job well done and that’s the best we’ve played for a couple of weeks.

“We know Rothwell Corinthians will be a tough place to go on Saturday.

“We need the right mentality and attitude again to get a positive result.”

Holbeach are hoping to bring back on-loan Spalding United striker Jonny Lockie while defender Jonny Allen’s knee injury is also being assessed and forward Tommy Treacher has been struggling with a chest infection.

Striker Josh Ford (foot) and defender Stacy Cartwright (back) could return for the Buildbase FA Vase tie at Long Eaton United on November 12.