Holbeach United’s huge FA Cup victory over Wisbech Town should give them belief that they can compete with any side at the top of the United Counties League, according to manager Darren Jarvis.
The Tigers travel to Boston Town on Tuesday night in the UCL Premier Division after Gary King’s goal earned them a first qualifying round home tie against Stourport Swifts on September 12.
Jarvis said: “I know how good my squad is and I think after the win at Wisbech my players should realise and appreciate how good they are.
“After this win the players must believe that they should be competing at the top of this league and progressing in the cups.”
Although delighted with the whole of his squad, Jarvis picked out young midfielder Jake Clitheroe for special praise after knocking out the Fenmen on their home patch.
Clitheroe arrived from King’s Lynn Town reserves over the summer.
“This season is the first time Jake has played at this level and he is a credit to himself,” admitted Jarvis.
“He didn’t lose one header against Wisbech and his work-rate was unconditional.”
Jarvis, who welcomes Josh Ford back for the clash against the Poachers, has warned his side against complacency.
“We’ve got to make sure we take that form, attitude and work-rate into the game against Boston.
“If we don’t, then Boston can cause them damage if we allow them to. We’ve had a bit of a stop-start beginning but we have now beaten the people’s champions-elect and should be going into the game full of confidence.”
Ollie Pinner will miss tonight’s derby against his former club due to a ban.