Tactics take Holbeach United into cup final

Rick Drury kept another clean sheet. Photos by Tim Wilson
Rick Drury kept another clean sheet. Photos by Tim Wilson
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Holbeach United boss Tom Roberts was delighted as tactical changes paid off in the UCL Knockout Cup semi-final win.

The Tigers switched to a 4-3-3 formation which allowed them to have five men in midfield when Wisbech Town had periods of possession at Carter’s Park on Wednesday night.

At times, Matt Warfield dropped into a holding role in front of the defence to man-mark William Smith who tried to support the Fenmen’s forwards.

Just past the hour mark Roberts made a couple of substitutions which saw Holbeach revert back to a traditional 4-4-2 system.

Those tactics proved crucial as the Tigers took control through Josh Ford’s penalty and then sealed victory late on thanks to substitute Sean Coughlan.

Roberts admitted: “I’m over the moon for all the lads.

Josh Ford challanges Adam Millson

Josh Ford challanges Adam Millson

“We changed our formation and shape - and we got it spot on.

“We knew their weak areas and we capitalised on them.

“Rick Drury has not had a shot to save in the last two games in this competition. He had nothing to do again.

“In the end Wisbech ran out of ideas and hit long balls.

I’m proud of everyone and they deserve a cup final. It’s something to look forward to.

Tom Roberts

“It took us 15 minutes to settle down while they had a little bit of possession but they were never a threat.

“Once we got hold of the game, we played sensible football. They had a lot of possession but they didn’t hurt us from it.

“Josh Ford’s penalty was never in doubt and it was a great performance against his old side. He worked so hard.

“I’m proud of everyone and they deserve a cup final. It’s something to look forward to.

Stacy Cartwright against his former club

Stacy Cartwright against his former club

“But now the focus has to change to Newport Pagnell Town away in the Premier Division on Saturday.”

Substitute Nick Jackson

Substitute Nick Jackson

Sean Coughlan celebrates his goal with team-mates from the FootballCV Academy

Sean Coughlan celebrates his goal with team-mates from the FootballCV Academy