TIGERS: Toyne backed to shine at Holbeach United

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Arnold Town v Holbeach United (FA Cup, Saturday, 3pm): ANDY Toyne should go straight into the Holbeach squad for their season opener in Nottinghamshire after sealing a one-month loan from Spalding United.

The midfielder, who signed a two-year contract with the Tulips over the summer, has endured a tough pre-season and had fallen out of favour.

That prompted Tigers chief John Chand to contact his South Holland rivals to offer Toyne a switch to Carter’s Park – and he’s delighted to have got his man.

“Spalding have got an embarrassment of riches at their disposal really,” said Chand, who worked with Toyne during stints with Bourne Town and Sunday side Magnet Tavern. “I’m more than happy to have him here.

“Andy can play much higher than the UCL and is the creative midfielder I’ve been looking for.

“I just know we can get the best out of him here.”

Toyne will be one of only a few fresh faces in the Holbeach line-up in their FA Cup extra preliminary round clash.

Striker Robbie Harris should also debut after being among the scorers in Monday’s 6-2 home success over Pinchbeck United, but fellow newboy Jack Smith is suspended – as is winger Mitch Griffiths.

Chand expects NCEL side Arnold to be a very tough test for his charges. They’ve won their opening two league games and, in contrast to the Tigers, have made sweeping changes over the summer.

But there is a carrot being dangled under the noses of the Tigers, with a potential trip to Lincolnshire rivals Stamford in the offing if they can progress through two rounds in the Budweiser-sponsored competition.

Chand added: “I’m itching to get started really, everybody knows I hate pre-season. I think it’s a very tough draw.

“I’d be happy if we can avoid defeat on Saturday and I’d back us to beat them at our place in a replay. Having a run in the FA Cup is always nice, it brings in decent cash too.

“It’d be good to get through a few rounds and play Stamford if we can.”