Tigers swoop for ex-Posh forward

Graham Drury
Graham Drury
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Holbeach United will hand a debut to former Peterborough United striker Matt Nolan for Saturday’s difficult trip to Cogenhoe United.

Tigers joint-manager Graham Drury knows Nolan well from their days at Corby Town, where they won the Southern League Premier Division, and he believes the striker will boost the club on two fronts.

He said: “Matt is a great signing for us. He is a very clever player and his hold-up play is excellent.

“He will be brilliant for us in the FA Vase but he hasn’t kicked a ball in anger for five weeks so we need to get him fit as quickly as possible.

“He will definitely be involved on Saturday, and possibly from the start.”

The 32-year-old, who joined from St Neots Town, spent three seasons at Posh after joining from Hitchin but his most prolific spell was at Lowestoft where he hit 54 goals in 119 games.

He also played for Cambridge United, Cambridge City, King’s Lynn, Hemel Hempstead and Dunstable.

While Saturday marks Nolan’s first game for Holbeach, it will also be Jake Gibson’s last for several weeks as he is due to go travelling to Thailand and won’t be back until February.

Drury added: “Jake will be missed as any good player would be but he hasn’t played every week and we have the likes of Stacy Cartwright and Craig Parker so we have more than enough ability to cope with his absence.

“Cogenhoe is a very difficult place to go to, but we want to keep the pressure on AFC Rushden & Diamonds so we are going there looking for a win.”

Saturday is Holbeach’s last away game of 2014 and they have lost just once on their travels in the league this season.

“We are perhaps unlucky not to be unbeaten away as the referee gave Yaxley a soft penalty when we lost at their place,” added Drury.

“We have lost twice at home and once away but it doesn’t matter to us whether we are at home or away. What matters is whether we play to our ability and on the whole this season we have done that.”