The sight of popular striker Andrew Tidswell (25) back in a Holbeach United shirt just two years after their memorable double-winning season is one of the few highs in a period of lows for the Carter’s Park club.
Former Tulips star Tidswell has seen the departure of John Chand at the weekend, the same manager under whom the UCL Premier Division and Lincolnshire Senior Cup was won in 2013, as well as an exit from the UCL KO Cup with a 1-0 defeat at home to Potton United on Saturday.
It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling for fitness over recent years and I still am really.The UCL KO Cup defeat laid bare the instability at Holbeach that new managerial duo Darren Jarvis and Tom Roberts have been brought in to ease out.
Only fitness problems have prevented “Tids” from matching, for Spalding, his UCL Golden Boot season of two years ago for the Tigers when he scored 35 goals and became the most prized asset in South Holland football.
Tidswell, who re-signed for Holbeach almost two weeks ago, said: “I had a great relationship with Pat (Rayment) and we always spoke about my work commitments (running a sports academy and holiday clubs for youngsters).
“But it’s no secret that I’ve been struggling for fitness over recent years and I still am really.
“Spalding are going for promotion and it’s not a great position for me when they need 100 per cent, so it was quite easy to come back to Holbeach where I know everyone in the clubhouse, the bar and the fans.
“It’s been easy to make the transition back but it’s not a great situation to come back into because a lot of people have left the club and they’ve just been struggling along.”
The UCL KO Cup defeat laid bare the instability at Holbeach that new managerial duo Darren Jarvis and Tom Roberts have been brought in to ease out.
Tidswell said: “Collectively, it wasn’t a great performance (against Potton) by everyone and it couldn’t have been easy to watch.
“Getting the ball in the right areas was our problem and that final bit of quality wasn’t there.
“I’ve committed myself to Darren and Tom and I’m going to help them out in any way that I can.
“Physically, I’m not the best and when I’m fit and able, I’ll be playing when I can.”