“The first five months were awful – the last seven months have been quality.”
That’s the verdict of Seb Hayes after a year in charge of Holbeach United.
Hayes took over following Martyn Cundy’s caretaker spell and the resignation of Tom Roberts because of work commitments.
Hayes met the squad after watching the 2-1 home win over Rothwell Corinthians – and the Northamptonshire club are back at Carter’s Park for the first anniversary this weekend!
Corinthians ended Hayes’ eight-match winning run in October with a 2-0 scoreline.
He said: “If anything, that probably gave us a kick up the backside and woke us up.
We need to get back at it. In midweek, we looked complacent and relaxed without any urgency.Seb Hayes
“It will be another tough game on Saturday because Rothwell are bang on form having beaten Deeping Rangers and Boston Town.
“They are a different side on the road but we are very good at home.
“We need to get back at it. In midweek, we looked complacent and relaxed without any urgency.”
The Tigers are aiming to extend their unbeaten home record this season.
They retained second spot in midweek when Leicester Nirvana could only manage a goalless draw with Daventry Town in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.
Holbeach’s hat-trick of successive wins – all coming with a clean sheet – came on Saturday when Will Bird’s second-half treble sealed the 6-0 victory at Whitworth.
Matt Warfield and Lewis Leckie (penalty) earned a 2-1 win at Bourne Town on Wednesday night to book the Tigers’ place in the Lincolnshire FA Senior Trophy final at Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank.
Warfield is ruled out this weekend but Joe Smith and Luke Avis are back in the squad.
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9-0 v Harrowby (H) January 2017
2-7 v Wisbech (A) April 2017
8 (September/October 2017)
5 (December 2016 / January 2017)
4-0 v ON Chenecks (A) December 10