Holbeach United take on Gresley Rovers in the United Counties League North Premier Division


Holbeach United manager Danny Clifton admits he is “genuinely worried” for his young side as they face three daunting games over the next three weeks.

The bottom-of-the-table Tigers – who are 15 points behind at safety with just five games to go – visit United Counties League Premier Division North runners-up Gresley Rovers on Saturday.

They then host third-placed Anstey Nomads before the injured Clifton charges face a trip to league leaders Long Eaton.

They will be without injured Lewis Baughan for Saturday’s game, while goalkeeper James Blake is struggling with illness.

Kyle Compton, Harvey Wirkowski, Cameron Gow, Callum Dalliday and Jordan Kokoua all missed last weekend’s loss to Heather St Johns.

Clifton said: “Team selection is probably at its worst at a time when we have our three toughest games.

“I’m not worried about losing football games but that’s the impact it could have after these next three weeks.

“Absolutely everything is against us and I’m a little scared but I can’t change the situation. We just have to try to find a solution as best we can.

“I don’t need to look at the league table because I know where we are and where we are going to finish.

“I just watch every game but, for the first time since I’ve been here, I’m really concerned about the next three games.

“I was only concerned about the results afterwards. There were only two times – Sleaford and Loughborough students – where there was a huge difference.

“I had a lot of advantages from the rest of the games and I wouldn’t be worried if we had a full squad.

“But we’re bottom of the league, we’ve conceded 89 goals and we have a squad full of teenagers, so I can’t help but worry about that.”

Manager Daniel French wants to see a reaction from his Deeping Rangers side as they try to bounce back from their heaviest defeat of the season at the weekend.

The Clarets make the trip to face Quorn on Saturday in the Premier Division North in the hope of maintaining their push for a top six finish.

Rangers were beaten 6-0 by third-placed Anstey Nomads last Saturday and French will hope his side can respond to the away reversal.

He said: “Every time we have been beaten before, we have reacted well. We drew a line under it and went on with what we need to do.

“Even though we lost 3-2 at Anstey, everyone came away thinking it was a good performance, but the bottom line is that we would still have zero points.

“The fact that it’s 6-0 is irrelevant as long as we don’t let it affect our next game.

“The three games we’ve lost since December have been against the top five teams, so it’s not like we threw things away and let ourselves down because we didn’t.

“It’s now a game to win for us at Quorn if we want to get into that top six or seven.

“We know we can do better than Saturday so it all depends on the response now.”

Bourne – who lost 1-0 at home to Dunkirk on Tuesday night – visits Saffron Dynamo in Division One.


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