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Future is looking bright at Holbeach United Football Club

A club-wide effort helped create a winning weekend for Holbeach United.

The Tigers' first team returned a maximum six-point haul from two crucial clashes to keep their Thurlow Nunn League Division One North play-off hopes alive.

With several key players unavailable for their matches against Needham Market Under 23s and Whittlesey Athletic, they had to dip into the reserve team resources at the club.

Manager Danny Clifton
Manager Danny Clifton

That had an impact on the Tigers' second string but they called upon the services of a number of their Sports players who helped them to victory in their Peterborough League derby duel with Crowland Town.

Holbeach's Academy teams were also away competing in Holland over the Easter weekend where they returned victorious to cap a memorable few days for the club.

First team boss Danny Clifton explained: "We are all so pleased with the club with what happened over the weekend.

"The Academy took three teams on tour to Holland and they basically won everything while the reserve team pulled in eight players from the Sports side and got a great result.

"We had some of the reserve team lads with us as well over the weekend which has been really good for the club.

"The most pleasing thing for us as a club is that we've used 16 players in the first team over the last four games and 12 of those have been home-grown Holbeach players.

Ryan Cook
Ryan Cook

"It is huge for us because the reserve team is also now riddled with players who have come through from the junior and youth teams.

"It is something we have been planning to do - although not necessarily in those numbers. I can't fault the effort of the lads and it has been incredible."

Cam Lee had scored the winning goal for the reserves in their victory on Saturday and he found himself in the first team squad on Monday.

He came on for the final 25 minutes for his first team debut in their 4-1 home win over Whittlesey and acquitted himself superbly with a faultless display which also saw Alex Richardson and Kieron McConnell from the reserves feature.

After a strong second half showing had secured a 3-2 away win on Saturday courtesy of goals from Will Barnes, Ryan Cook and Sam Carter, Holbeach again hit top gear after the break in Monday's match.

The two sides had been gone in on level terms after Harvey Thorne's goal had been cancelled out by an equaliser from Kyle Hibbins.

Avi Vieira
Avi Vieira

Thorne then restored Holbeach's break after the break before goals from the industrious Avi Vieira and the impressive Cook capped an excellent win.

Clifton added: "There has been a pattern for both of the games in that we seem to be summing teams up for 45 minutes and then going out and blowing them away.

"Both games were even at half-time but we had so much more to give. I asked the lads for an extra 10 or 15 percent and it was a completely different game."

The victory double leaves Holbeach in sixth spot, just two points and one place away from the play-offs with three league games remaining.

They travel to Diss Town on Saturday before a home match with Whitton United the following weekend. The regular campaign is then completed on April 20 at Stanway Pegasus.

Clifton commented: "We can't really afford to lose any of those games and a lot hinges on this weekend.

"A lot of the teams around us are also playing each other which makes it so interesting and I think there will be a few more twists and turns yet.

"We have to do our part first though and it would be such an achievement to make the play-offs."

The Tigers hope to have Tom Hoyle back for the weekend after he missed Monday's match due to illness but Ben Greenacre is unavailable for the trip to Diss.

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