Holbeach United claim fifth successive home win
Danny Hussey is happy to help Holbeach United hot-shot Jonny Lockie's return to a higher level.
The former Spalding United striker was on target again for the Tigers to secure tonight's victory over Rothwell Corinthians at Carter's Park.
Lockie got the only goal midway through the first half for Holbeach's fifth successive home win - sending them up to third in the uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division.
Hussey said: "He is linking up well with Josh Ford who knows Jonny will be playing off the shoulder of the full-back or centre-half.
"He showed his pace again and once he gets on the move, there is no catching him.
"He needs to develop and work on the last phase of the game. If he does that, I don't think he will be playing here for much longer.
"He will be playing at a higher level for more money and I'm happy with that."
Lockie's clinical right-foot finish from Ford's assist proved enough to settle a hard-fought battle against Corinthians.
Joe Smith almost headed a free-kick into his own net but the only real threat from the visitors came when substitute Niall Duffy hooked the ball wide.
Two fouls on Lockie produced a red card for left-back Merson Styles following his second bookable offence just three minutes after half-time.
Corinthians midfielder Kieren Westbury spent 10 minutes in the sin bin for dissent at the end of the opening period after Styles' first caution for a two-footed challenge.
Liam Adams hit the bar but the Tigers couldn't create clear-cut chances.
Hussey admitted: "We were nowhere near as fluid as last Saturday against Cogenhoe United.
"I watched Corinthians a few weeks ago so I knew they would be a good side who don't stop working. They showed that again, even with 10 men.
"The pitch didn't help us and the club need to look at it, although I appreciate the weather has prevented anyone getting onto it before this game.
"We won without playing well and that's a good sign of a team with a little bit of confidence. It happened last season when we were getting on a run of results.
"I'm sure the lads will turn up at the weekend and put in a performance like last Saturday."
Holbeach head to South Normanton Athletic in the Buildbase FA Vase first round proper, having already knocked out Lincoln Moorlands Railway and Clifton All Whites in the qualifying stages.
A coach will leave Carter's Park at 10.30am on Saturday, picking up at Sleaford on the way. The cost is £10 per seat - for bookings, call Tim on 07557 505724.
Hussey added: "Hopefully everyone will come together and enjoy the banter going there.
"If we get a positive result - even if that means a replay - it will be much nicer coming back with a few beers.
"We need to focus on this game by taking a rest from the league, knowing that we are in a good position with a week off."
4-2-3-1: Drury; Wilson, Fairweather, N Jackson, T Smith; Tinkler, A Jackson; Lockie, J Smith (sub Avis 70 mins), Adams (sub Bird 90 mins); Ford (sub Oliver 79 mins). Subs not used: Braithwaite, Coote.
4-2-3-1: Bodycote; Henson (sub Maisiri 66 mins), Cooper, Peniasko, Styles; Johnson, Westbury (sub Duffy h-t); Mills, Agbenu, Archer (sub Campion 76 mins); Liburd.
Lockie (23 mins, 1-0).
Styles (second bookable offence - foul).
Styles, J Smith, Henson, Ford, Peniasko, Mills (foul).
Westbury (34-44 mins).
South Normanton Athletic (A) - Buildbase FA Vase first round proper, Saturday.
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