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Holbeach United lose to Sleaford Town in the United Counties League Premier Division North

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Manager Gary Frost wants his Holbeach United side to become more 'game-savvy'.

The Tigers tumbled to their 10th successive United Counties League Premier Division North defeat of the season after a four-goal reversal at Sleaford Town on Saturday.

The Greens netted two goals in each half to leave the Tigers five points adrift at the foot of the league table.

Holbeach manager Gary Frost. (53236791)
Holbeach manager Gary Frost. (53236791)

Frost felt the experience of the in-form home side was the major difference between the two teams in what was his fourth league match at the Tigers helm.

He said: "They were too clever for us. We had some good possession and chances, but the thing that I need drilling into us is about playing the right way which is where your pre-season does come in.

"I haven't had a pre-season with the players to implement my things and how I would like us to play. We are almost doing pre-season now.

"It is coming because we played better in spells than I have seen us so far. We got the ball down and knocked it around at times but we are making irrational decisions because we're a bit panicky about the state of play at the minute.

"There are some good players in the team, but we need more of a spine to take command of situations.

"It's just those little bits where you want someone to put their foot on the ball and look up and have a bit of know-how.

"We have to be craftier when we're out there and more game-savvy. We need to get amongst teams and let them know they've been in a game."

The Tigers handed out three debuts on Saturday with signings Callum Madigan and Ricki Goodale both making the switch from Peterborough Northern Star following their withdrawal from the league.

Jack Eldridge - who had been on loan at the Peterborough club from Yaxley - also switched his United Counties League registration to Holbeach.

Hosts Sleaford had seen a rapid upturn in their fortunes following a recent managerial change with former King's Lynn defender Tom Ward taking over the helm.

And they got off to an ideal start as they sought their fourth victory in five games when Holbeach failed to block off the player-manager's run at a setpiece and his header was turned home at close range by brother Charlie.

The Greens then doubled their lead after 20 minutes when Charlie Ward netted his second of the game as he converted a cross from former Holbeach player Mitch Griffiths.

The Tigers - who haven't scored a league goal since the end of the August - went close on a couple of occasions with Goodale bringing a decent save out of home goalkeeper Garry Doran but they were unable to peg Sleaford back before the break.

And the hosts then put the contest beyond Holbeach just before the hour mark when Harry Millard headed home a cross.

They then wrapped up the win with Griffiths netting against his former club after 79 minutes to secure their first victory over Holbeach since the 2014/15 season.

Tigers: Frestle, Eldridge, Barnes, Nuttell, Madigan, Chester, Williams, Frost, Goodale, Tricks, Foster. Subs used: Carter, Elston, Revell. Not used: Balding.

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