Unbeaten run ended for Tigers
United Counties League Premier Division
Holbeach United 0-1 Harborough Town
Holbeach United’s seven-match unbeaten run in the league came to an end with a disappointing 1-0 loss to Harborough Town on Saturday.
The Tigers welcomed back Jonny Lockie after a lengthy lay-off caused by an ankle injury, while Jack Withers and Josh Ford were missing through injury and suspension respectively.
It was a game that flattered to deceive for long periods, with Holbeach minds appearing to be on tomorrow nights KitmanUK Knockout Cup Final against Rothwell Corinthians.
But a single Daniel Forbes goal for the visitors meant that Harborough moved up the league to go level on points with the Tigers.
Manager Phil Barnes said: “I think it was one of those games if I’m being honest.
“I think a draw probably would have been a fair result overall, but it wasn’t meant to be for us.
“It was a game of few chances for both sides and I think we were lacking a bit of creativity during the game.
“Their keeper made a few saves from Frewy (Michael Frew), who once again played very well.
“We probably didn’t play the football we can play and should have been able to play with the players on the pitch.
“But conditions didn’t really suit us and suit the way we like to play.
“The ball held up in the air a lot, due to the high winds, and that made it a real physical battle.
“We knew Harborough were always going to be a strong and physical side and, unfortunately for us, we just came out on the losing side.
“It really wasn’t a great spectacle and certainly not one for the purists, that’s for sure.
Holbeach are set to meet Rothwell in Wednesday’s final at Blackstones, a game that should have taken place in April 29 before the first lockdown of the year meant that it had to be postponed.
Ironically, it will now be Holbeach’s last game before heading into a second lockdown this year and Barnes said: “The unbeaten run was always going to end at some point.
“Unfortunately for us it was the game before the cup final, but everyone’s buzzing for the game.
“If there’s ever a game you want to win before a month off it would be a cup final and I think that if we play our game then we’ll be just fine.”