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Errors cost Holbeach dear in FA Cup defeat




Holbeach United manager Phil Barnes blamed "individual mistakes" for his side's Emirates FA Cup exit at the hands of Sheffield on Saturday.

A first half hat-trick by striker Marc Newsham effectively settled the tie at Carter's Park where the Tigers' afternoon was made worse by the sending off of Joe Smith early in the second half.

Smith, who was also dismissed in his side's Lincolnshire Free Press Trophy semi-final win over Pinchbeck United last month, pushed Sheffield's Ashley Grayson to the floor and referee Lee Hartley showed the Holbeach midfielder a straight red card.

Holbeach United’s Joe Smith is sent off by referee Lee Hartley in the Tigers’ FA Cup tie at home to Sheffield.Photo (CHRIS LOWNDES).
Holbeach United’s Joe Smith is sent off by referee Lee Hartley in the Tigers’ FA Cup tie at home to Sheffield.Photo (CHRIS LOWNDES).

Barnes said: "I think Joe's given the referee a decision to make that could of gone either way.

"I have no complaints about the referee's decision, but individual errors have cost us.

"You can't make individual mistakes against a quality side like Sheffield who we tried to frustrate so we could stay in the game as long as we could.

Holbeach United manager Phil Barnes and assistant manager Martyn Bunce on the sideslines.Photo by Chris Lowndes.
Holbeach United manager Phil Barnes and assistant manager Martyn Bunce on the sideslines.Photo by Chris Lowndes.

"We were doing that before a long ball has done us and at 1-0, their keeper has made two really good saves.

"That's what's happening at the moment but we'll turn it round."

Newsham caught Holbeach goalkeeper Ricky Drury off his line with a lob to open the scoring, second after Spencer Tinkler headed a Luke Wilson corner wide.

But Barnes was less pleased that two of Sheffield's goals came when Holbeach gave possession away cheaply, including a moment in the second half when Ryan Viggars sealed the Tigers' exit from the FA Cup with a fourth goal just before the hour-mark.

"I was pleased with how the players responded in the second half because we could have capitulated," Barnes said.

"But we stuck at it and when James Clark came on in the second half, he was probably the shining light and a lot of the lads said that in the dressing room after the match."

Clark, a product of the Tigers' youth academy, nearly scored a consolation goal at the end of a game where new signing Liam Tunstall came on as a substitute.

New signing Liam Tunstall with Holbeach United manager Phil Barnes (left) and assistant manager Dean Elston.Photo supplied. (42220387)
New signing Liam Tunstall with Holbeach United manager Phil Barnes (left) and assistant manager Dean Elston.Photo supplied. (42220387)

Barnes said: "Liam came on and did well.

"He's not played for a while but once we get him in the groove, he'll be a good acquisition."

Tonight, Holbeach visit Boston Town in the Uhlsport United Counties League Premier League and Barnes said: "We won't dwell on Sheffield but move forward to Boston Town and look forward to our first three points of the season."



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