TIGERS: Holbeach urged to run riot

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With the UCL Premier Division title race still finely poised, Holbeach United boss John Chand has urged his side to show no mercy when they visit whipping boys Irchester United.

The table-topping Tigers go into Saturday’s game a massive 76 points better off than their hosts, who have won just once all season. And although Chand’s charges are 11 points clear at the summit, the Holbeach supremo is aware that goal difference may yet prove vital in the race for the championship.

He said: “With the greatest respect, we don’t want to be the side that slips up against Irchester.

“First and foremost, we go there after three points. But if there’s a chance to get a few goals, I want the lads to take it. We can’t be worried about individual milestones, which can happen in this kind of game. If we play as a team, we’ll score more – and that could be vital at the end of the season.”

Holbeach are bidding to bounce back from the disappointment of Wednesday night’s 1-0 UCL Knockout Cup loss to Yaxley – and will want to rediscover something like their best form ahead of Tuesday’s crunch clash at title rivals St Ives Town.

Mitch Griffiths and Jason Turner could return to the squad, but skipper Jamie Stevens is unlikely to be risked.