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Holbeach striker looks ahead to their FA Cup meeting with Step 4 side Sheffield

Holbeach United striker Josh Ford is itching to create more magic for his side in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday.

The Tigers host Step 4 side Sheffield, of Northern Premier League Division One South East, in the preliminary round at Carter’s Park on Saturday.

Ford was the match-winner for Holbeach in the last round when he came on as a substitute and struck home a superb 25-yard half-volley that took his side past Midland League Division One opponents Kirby Muxloe last Wednesday.

Josh Ford wants to create more FA Cup magic for Holbeach United.
Josh Ford wants to create more FA Cup magic for Holbeach United.

“It was a good goal, one of the better ones, although I was especially disappointed to be on the bench,” Ford said.

“I came on for the last ten to 15 minutes and was asked to play on the right-hand side of a front three, whereas naturally I like to play more centrally as a striker.

“As the ball came to Michael Frew, I noticed Kirby Muxloe’s left back going forward, which left me with a couple of yards of space.

“When Michael put the ball, I went for it and hit my shot over their goalkeeper.

“If I hit the same shot ten times over, I don’t think I’d get the same result.”

Ford and his team-mates had plenty to occupy their minds this week, with a derby duel against south Lincolnshire rivals Deeping Rangers last night (result not known at the time of going to press) coming before the visit of the self-styled “world’s first football club”.

“I’m a realist and although the Deeping game was a priority, we know full well that the starting 11 who played last night had to do their best to get a starting spot for Saturday,” Ford said.

“Anyone who says Saturday isn’t on their mind is lying because the FACup is a competition you want to be playing in.

“Everyone wants to get a start for Saturday against a Sheffield side who’ve got some history.

“I was talking to ‘Frewy’ and he said that Sheffield like to play good football, getting the ball down and playing it on the deck.

“But Carter’s Park won’t be what they’re used to and while they’re from a league higher than us, we’re going to get in their faces.

“So let’s see how they deal with it.”

Ford himself, whose previous clubs have include Spalding United, Wisbech Town and Boston Town, has experienced a “weird” pre-season, partly due to the late restart for football after lockdown.

He said: “We started off with some low-intensity training, building up to be ready for a start date to the season.

“Then we had the Lincolnshire Free Press Trophy games, which helped us because there were a couple of derbies against Pinchbeck United and Spalding United, with a cup up for grabs.

"On Saturday, we're going to show Sheffield the respect they deserve.

"But they shouldn't think that they're going to come and walk all over us."

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