‘Aggrieved’ boss is after three points rather than revenge

Holbeach manager Darren Jarvis will return to Chestnut Avenue for the first time since his controversial dismissal.
Holbeach manager Darren Jarvis will return to Chestnut Avenue for the first time since his controversial dismissal.
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Holbeach United manager Darren Jarvis insists his return to Peterborough Northern Star this weekend won’t be about settling any scores.

Jarvis goes back to Chestnut Avenue for the first time since his controversial dismissal from Star last February. Jarvis and co-boss Michael Goode were sacked less than 48 hours after leading Star to a major cup semi-final.

It’s a decision that still irritates Jarvis, but he is adamant his focus this Saturday will be firmly on continuing ‘The TIgers’ great recent run in the United Counties Premier Division.

Holbeach go into the game in fourth place having lost just once all season.

Jarvis said: “Me and Michael (now the Deeping Rangers manager) were aggrieved when we were let go as we’d worked so hard at the club, but football has a funny way of working out and both of us have landed on our feet by finding better jobs.

“Holbeach is a great club with great fans. I’ve loved every minute of it here and we are determined to achieve our ambition of a top four finish.

“There are still some people at Star who I don’t see eye-to-eye with, but there are also pe0ple who I admire and respect like manager Seb Hayes and secretary Glen Harper.

“I’m looking forward to going back, but I enjoy every football match and like all the others it’s all about getting three points.

“It will be a tough game as Seb has Star playing well. They will be well organised and they will play football the right way.

“I want to win obviously, but it’s not about settling any scores. I genuinely hope Star go on to have a good season.”

The Tigers made it 10 United Counties competition matches unbeaten last weekend when thrashing Wellingborough Town 5-0 in the Premier Division. Andrew Tidswell bagged a hat-trick after Jordan Thomas had scored two early goals.

Holbeach were in action against another of their manager’s old clubs Blackstones in the League Cup last night (Wednesday).