Tigers keen to progress in FA Vase

Tom Roberts.
Tom Roberts.
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Tom Roberts believes that a good FA Vase run can ‘kickstart’ Holbeach United’s season.

The Tigers travel to face Long Eaton United at Grange Park on Saturday, in a crunch second round clash.

And boss Roberts believes there is more than just a good cup run on offer to his side.

“It’s a nice distraction from the league,” he said.

“We’re doing well, we’re fourth, but we need to start turning those draws into wins.

“And sometimes a good good win in the cup can get you going that bit more, kickstart your season.”

A 4-1 defeat at Walsall Wood saw Holbeach exit the competition at this stage last season.

And Roberts is doing everything he can to ensure history will not repeat itself.

He added: “We went out at this stage last season and we’re doing everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen again, we’ll prepare properly, get to the ground in plenty of time and do our homework on the opposition.

“At training we’ll work together and look at a few areas where we think we can improve and do well.”

With striker Jordan Thomas returning to the squad following previous unavailability, Roberts says his squad is expected to be at full strength for Saturday’s trip to Derbyshire (KO 3pm).

While Holbeach sit in the United Counties League Premier Division’s top five, the Blues aren’t having the best of campaigns in the Midland League Premier Division, where they’re stuck in the bottom half.

Roberts, however, is paying no attention to form.

He added: “It’s a cup game. Players will be up for it, they’ll raise their game 10 or 15 per cent so I don’t pay any attention to form or league positions. It’s about what we do on the day.

“The finacial rewards in the FA Vase aren’t the same as in the FA Cup, but they’re still important to clubs like us.

“A good run can keep a club at our level going for a year sometimes.”