Ford joins Tigers but Clarke leaves

Josh Ford celebrates one of his three goals for Pinchbeck United in the Lincolnshire FA Sunday Cup final
Josh Ford celebrates one of his three goals for Pinchbeck United in the Lincolnshire FA Sunday Cup final
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Assistant-manager Tom Roberts expects to keep the winning mentality at Holbeach United next term.

The Tigers have brought in prolific striker Josh Ford – another member of Roberts’ quadruple-winning Sunday side at Pinchbeck United.

Ford scored 61 goals in 20 games for Pinchbeck and was also on top form with UCL side Wisbech Town.

Roberts said: “It’s a very good signing and we are so happy to have him on board.

“He buys into everything that we are trying to achieve with local players.

“I think deep down he has always wanted to play for Holbeach but the chance had never arisen until now or the situation wasn’t correct.

“Josh’s record speaks for itself and everyone knows what he brings to the team.

“He’s a big presence up front and we know that he’s a good character to have around. He has a winning mentality which we want.”

Ford’s arrival comes with the departure of last season’s top scorer Jamie Clarke who has joined Heanor Town to be closer to his family home.

Roberts added: “Losing a player of his pedigree at our level is a massive blow but we wish him all the best.

“When a club almost on his doorstep came in then it wasn’t too hard to think about.”

Meanwhile, Matt Warfield and Ben Brown have agreed deals to stay with Holbeach.

Roberts said: “They have been through thick and thin at the club.

“They are local lads who have been fantastic since myself and Darren Jarvis came in.

“It’s great to have them around and they will help us to set the standards we are trying to achieve while also helping to bring youngsters through.”

Roberts revealed that the Tigers are hoping to finalise their squad with up to three more signings soon.

Holbeach have invited winger Jake Farrell – son of Peterborough United legend Dave – to join them for pre-season training after 28 goals in 30 games for Spalding United’s reserves.