Holbeach hopeful over Spencer’s quick return

Danny Spencer heads over against AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Photo: Steve Relf
Danny Spencer heads over against AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Photo: Steve Relf
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Skipper Danny Spencer is set to return for Holbeach United’s tie in the last 16 of the FA Vase next week.

The central defender was forced off with a hamstring injury during the first half of last weekend’s 1-1 draw with title rivals AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

It had been feared that Spencer would be ruled out for six weeks.

Although he will miss Saturday’s home game with Cogenhoe United, Spencer could be back in action when the Tigers take on Erith & Belvedere for a place in the Vase quarter-finals.

Joint-boss Graham Drury said: “It’s fantastic news.

“It was quite hard for Ben Brown going straight into a big game with Diamonds but we thought he did well.

“We have other options by switching Jonny Allen or Stacy Cartwright to centre-half. So we are not in a major rush but it would be a big boost to have Spencer back next week.”

Holbeach will hope to put pressure on Diamonds by beating Cogenhoe who have failed to score in four successive league games.

Squad rotation saw Holbeach rest nine players for Tuesday’s trip to Grantham Town in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy quarter-final.

The Tigers are now down to a pursuit of three trophies after the 2-0 defeat.

Corey Newman gave the Gingerbreads the lead after 20 minutes.

The home advantage was doubled by Stefan Biyik in the first minute of the second half.

Holbeach suffered another blow midway through the first half when Jake Gibson was forced off following a knock to his knee. That means Gibson will be ruled out of Saturday’s home game against Cogenhoe.