TIGERS: Pressure on rivals after draw - Chand

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John Chand admits Tuesday night’s draw between title rivals St Ives Town and Spalding United was the ‘best possible result’ for his table-topping Holbeach United side.

The Tigers chief, who takes his side to Desborough Town on Saturday (3pm), feels the duo will now be feeling the pressure in the race for UCL Premier Division glory.

Holbeach are now 13 points clear of St Ives (who have three games in hand) and 19 clear of the Tulips (four games in hand) ahead of back-to-back away games at Desborough and S & L Corby (Tuesday, 7.45pm).

Although Chand isn’t taking anything for granted, he accepts that the Tigers couldn’t really be better placed to win their first league title in a decade.

“A draw was ideal for us,” said the Tigers chief. “It puts more pressure on those two and leaves things very much in our hands.

“If we win all of our 11 remaining games, we’re champions. I don’t think we could have asked to be in a stronger position than that.

“We’ll not be taking anything for granted at Desborough, they probably cost us fourth place last year having drawn with them twice.

“We’ve got lots of away games still to play, so if we can take maximum points from the next two we’ll be looking very strong. We just need to stay switched on and stick to our gameplan.”

Meanwhile, Chand has snapped up former Stamford ace Robbie Maddox, who can play at full back or midfield. He goes straight into Saturday’s squad, with Wes Lewis unlikely to be available.