TIGERS: Tidswell fires Tigers to first pre-season victory

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HARROWBY UTD 0 HOLBEACH UTD 1 (Tidswell 60): TIGERS boss John Chand doesn’t read too much into pre-season – but he was happy enough to see Andrew Tidswell fire his side to a maiden success of the summer on Saturday.

Last season’s leading scorer struck the only goal against UCL Division One newboys Harrowby, as the Tigers shrugged off Thursday’s night’s 4-0 defeat at in-form Wisbech Town.

With only two tough tests against Bedford Town – at home tonight (7.45pm) and away on Saturday (3pm) – left before the big kick off at Arnold Town on August 11, Chand admits his side are coming along nicely.

“I thought we did OK,” said the Tigers boss. “Harrowby are quite a good side to be fair and it was a pretty decent workout for us.

“We had a strong side out for about an hour then gave a few young lads a chance again, which I believe is a key part of pre-season.

“In George Leatherland I think we’ve found a lad who is ready to step up, so that makes it all worthwhile.”

Chand deployed the same tactics against Wisbech last week, but an early red card to trialist Liam Bull for dissent cost them dear in the long run.

Although the Tigers defended well for an hour, second-half goals from Matt Lunn, Chris Bacon and Darren Jimson (2) eventually guided the Fenmen to glory.

Despite his dismissal, Chand remains keen to sign defender Bull, but he reckons neighbours Spalding United may out-gun him financially.

Chand added: “I can sympathise with Liam’s red card, it was a soft one. He didn’t do anything massively wrong.

“Wisbech are a very good side and it was always going to be hard to get something, especially with ten men for so long.

“We were in the game for 60 minutes, but after making a few changes they got a few soft goals. I’d be interested in keeping Liam full time, but he played for Spalding on Saturday and they pay well.”

With Bedford becoming the first – and only– pre-season visitors to Carter’s Park tonight, Chand will again take the chance to run the rule over potential new faces.

Young winger Curtis Yeatman, who is signed on with Pinchbeck United, is expected to be given a run-out, while defender Jack Smith could also be involved.

The ex-Boston Town centre back, who made a U-turn over a move to Holbeach earlier this summer, has decided to leave Tattershall Road.

Chand has put a seven day notice of approach in for Smith, while he’s also monitoring the availability of Boston Town’s Craig Parker.

See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for a report from the Bedford game and follow @LPFSport on Twitter for updates.