Holbeach draw with Moulton Harrox in latest pre-season friendly
Holbeach United manager Phil Barnes welcomed a "big improvement" from his side in their latest pre-season friendly at home to Moulton Harrox on Tuesday night.
The Tigers faced their opponents from the Peterborough and District League (PDFL) Premier Division with confidence after a five-goal display at Crowland Town Reserves last Saturday.
But it was Harrox who forced the issue early on at Carter's Park when a defensive error was pounced on by Louis Steadman who drilled a ball across the Tigers' goal for striker Ian Bradbury to force home.
Despite having much of the ball from then on, Holbeach had to wait until the last minute of the game for their equaliser, striker Josh Ford converting from the penalty spot.
Tigers' manager Phil Barnes said: "It was a big improvement from Saturday and that's what we're hoping for with each friendly.
"Everybody got minutes in the bank and it was a step forward against a strong PDFL Premier Division side in Moulton Harrox whose players have been together for a long time.
"I thought we were the stronger team and we had a goal disallowed for offside, although Ricky Drury had to pull off a fine save."
Harrox assistant manger Bobby Patterson said: "The boys looked sharp and they worked so hard against Holbeach who had a lot of possession which you'd expect from a team two leagues higher than us.
"We went there with a shape which the lads kept and we took the lead 20 minutes into the game which I thought we deserved.
"Then they came into the game and got on top of us in the second half, although we were really unlucky with their penalty.
"Before that, Ricky Drury pulled off a world class save for them from Marcus Parry who took a shot that was heading into the top corner.
"Louis Steadman was outstanding for us and we've put the game into context, with it being a pre-season friendly against a top six United Counties League Premier Division team."
Holbeach United have another pre-season friendly at home on Saturday against Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Premier League side Swaffham Town.