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Holbeach look to continue good form at home to title challengers Quorn




Holbeach United face a test of their title-winning credentials when Quorn come to Carter's Park in the United Counties League Premier Division on Saturday.

The Tigers, currently fifth in the league, are on a high after reaching the KitmanUK Knockout Cup final at the expense of another top six side, Loughborough University.

Michael Frew's goal 20 minutes from time at Carter's Park sent Danny Hussey and his side into a final against Rothwell Corinthians at Blackstones' ALH Recruitment Stadium in Stamford on Wednesday, April 29 (kick off 7.45pm).

Joe Smith in action for Holbeach United against Loughborough University.Photo by Tim Wilson. (29041429)
Joe Smith in action for Holbeach United against Loughborough University.Photo by Tim Wilson. (29041429)

Between now and then, Hussey has to prepare his side for a run of games that include Quorn, two meetings with fourth-placed Shepshed Dynamo (March 7 and 25), Rugby Town (April 11) and a Lincolnshire FA Senior Trophy semi-final at Boston Town next Tuesday.

Hussey said: "It was a really good result against Loughborough University because they are, by far, the best side we've played this season.

"The Carter's Park pitch didn't support their footballing style, but we did what we needed to do to win the game."

Holbeach United manager Danny Hussey expects his side to create chances against Quorn on Saturday.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-010220-007TW.
Holbeach United manager Danny Hussey expects his side to create chances against Quorn on Saturday.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-010220-007TW.

Against Quorn, Holbeach will face a threat from striker Stephen Hart whose 36 goals from 34 games make him the Premier Division's top scorer this season.

There is also the twin threat out wide from Quorn's pair of Jack Duffy and Joe Brothwell who have together scored 19 of their side's total of 78 league goals this season.

Hussey said: "I identified Quorn at the start of the season as one of the big four teams in the league financially and squad-wise.

"They play on a lovely 3G artificial pitch and, in terms of their financial investment, they are pushing to win the league.

Quorn (in action against Deeping Rangers in August 2019) visit Carter's Park to face Holbeach United on Saturday.
Quorn (in action against Deeping Rangers in August 2019) visit Carter's Park to face Holbeach United on Saturday.

"Their front three are very strong, but the pitch will probably play a part in that Quorn won't be able to play their fluid game.

"I don't envisage anything different to how we played Loughborough so we'll create chances with the way that we play because we keep going at teams.

"We're in there with the likes of Quorn, Deeping Rangers, Rugby Town and Shepshed Dynamo, it's great to be involved with the top sides and long may it continue."

Luke Avis (right) in action for Holbeach United at Blackstones in their KitmanUK Knockout Cup tie in October 2019.Photo by David Pearson.
Luke Avis (right) in action for Holbeach United at Blackstones in their KitmanUK Knockout Cup tie in October 2019.Photo by David Pearson.

The Tigers will almost be at full strength, with striker Ryan Oliver and midfielder Danny Setchell expected to make the squad, leaving Luke Avis as the only player not available to Hussey because of an ankle injury suffered in December.

"Liam is currently rehabbing his ankle and he's back in the gym, trying to the remedial work to get his ankle strengthened," Hussey said.


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