Holbeach United host Leicester Nirvana in the United Counties League North Premier Division


Holbeach United manager Danny Clifton is determined to taste that feeling of victory before the end of the United Counties League campaign.

The Tigers are still without a win after 27 matches of the Premier Division North season and remain anchored at the bottom of the table.

They are 15 points adrift of safety with just seven games remaining in the season, three of which come against the quartet of top division sides.

Holbeach manager Danny Clifton. Photo: Chris Lowndes (55360324)

Holbeach host 10th-placed Leicester Nirvana at Carter’s Park on Saturday, with Clifton hoping his side can build on their encouraging performance at Melton Town last weekend.

He said: “We stuck to the task last weekend and did very well. It was a huge difference to the game at Loughborough in midweek.

“We took some advantages from the game that we can incorporate into this weekend’s game, which will be another tough test.

“Nirvana had some great results, but they also had some weird ones, so we’ll keep going because I still believe we’ll win a game of football before the end of the season.”

The Tigers had been boosted by the return of striker Kyle Compton to the first-team ranks at the weekend.

Compton had played several times earlier in the season before being sent off in the home loss to Skegness which was followed by a series of postponements for the Tigers.

Clifton commented: “Kyle made a huge difference for us last Saturday. He was winning his fair share of headers and also holding the ball which got us up the pitch.”

The Tigers boss was also in talks this week with two defenders over potential transfers to Carter’s Park.

Pinchbeck is without a league game this weekend as Deeping Rangers travel to face Eastwood who play on a 3G pitch.

The two sides shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Haydon Whitham Stadium last month as part of Rangers’ recent run which has seen them lose just twice in the last nine games.

Manager Daniel French said: “We have players who are really in top form at the moment.

“The likes of Robbie Ellis, Jake Brown, Jake Showler and Will Bird have had some really good months and we’ve generally been solid at the back all season.

“We’re a game for anyone right now and in the form we’re in we need to be confident going to Eastwood on Saturday.

“We’ve done pretty well on the 3G pitches this year, so hopefully we can keep it all going.

“If we can get another result, that puts us in a very good position.”

Bourne has a daunting trip to Division One on Saturday as he travels to face league leaders Hinckley AFC.


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