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Holbeach United are beaten in the FA Vase by Boston Town

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Holbeach United boss Phil Barnes wants his side to build on the performance levels shown in Saturday's FA Vase defeat at Boston Town.

Two second half goals defeated Holbeach in the second qualifying round clash of the United Counties League Premier Division North rivals.

Despite the defeat, the Tigers were much improved from last week's six-goal reversal at Anstey Nomads and Barnes is eager for that to be maintained as they continue to seek their first victory of the season.

He said: "It was an improvement performance-wise which it needed to be but there was obviously still no result which is what we're desperate for.

"It was a massive improvement from last week at Anstey and we can't go backwards now.

"We have got to keep the performances at a level and then try and improve more because there were glimmers of some good stuff on Saturday and hopefully the results will then start to come.

"It was positive but we can't keep saying that because we need to turn it into results."

The Tigers handed a debut to new signing Tyler Wright while Kyle Compton impressed in attack after stepping up from the reserves.

A goalless first half saw chances at a premium for both sides before Boston broke the deadlock just past the hour mark.

A long throw from Boston's Richard Ford caused confusion in the Holbeach box and was eventually deflected into the Tigers net.

Holbeach were then forced to push for an equaliser and Andre Williams threatened on a couple of occasions as they sought to end a four-game run without a goal.

However, their efforts proved in vain as Boston wrapped up the win with 10 minutes remaining as Lee Beeson's inviting cross was turned home by Harry Limb.

Boss Barnes added: "We just switched off for 15 minutes in the second half and lost a bit of discipline.

"We got involved in a few things that we didn't need to and it put us off our game."

Holbeach return to league action on Saturday when they host second-placed Heather St Johns at Carter's Park.

Holbeach: Drury, Nicholson, Cartwright, Wilson, Jackson, Rose, Eyett, Wright, Williams, Compton, Horne. Subs: Carter, Barnes, Burdass.

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