‘We don’t want to throw it all away’ – Chand

Joint-managers Graham Drury and John Chand
Joint-managers Graham Drury and John Chand
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Joint-manager John Chand is determined that Holbeach United won’t “throw it all away” over the final weeks of the season.

The Tigers bounced back in style from last weekend’s FA Vase exit by scoring seven times at Harrowby United on Tuesday night.

The fifth successive away league win cut the gap again in the title race and followed up the 5-1 home victory over the Arrows in September.

Chand said: “It would have been easy for last Saturday’s result to be allowed to affect us for a while.

“But we’ve got an honest group who can be proud of the achievement that we were the last UCL club standing in the FA Vase.

“We would have been very happy if anyone had said at the start of the season we would approach mid-February with games in hand to go to the top of the league.

“Right now we are in a good place and we don’t want to throw it all away just because we had an extra-time defeat in a national competition.

“On Tuesday I thought our central defenders Ben Brown and Stacy Cartwright were outstanding at the back while in midfield Danny Steadman never stopped running.

“A clean sheet was really important to us and scoring so many might help us at the end of the season if it all comes down to goal-difference.”

Craig Parker (2), Jake Duffy, Lee Dube, Stacy Cartwright, Matty Nolan and Gary King all scored past Tigers joint-boss Graham Drury’s nephew Jack.

Holbeach handed a debut to midfielder Aiden Kirby who has signed from Barwell.

Defender Kern Miller has been released and midfielder Ollie Pinner is back at Boston Town.

Holbeach have another break from the championship battle when mid-table Division One side Olney Town visit Carter’s Park in the UCL Knockout Cup on Saturday.

Chand added: “It’s another competition where we want to do well.

“We saw in the previous round at home to Rothwell Corinthians that a team from a division below can ensure that victory is by no means a formality for ourselves.

“Hopefully it will become a free-flowing match without any time-wasting. We have a busy schedule but we want to keep winning.”