Holbeach are three ties away from FA Vase Final at Wembley

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Holbeach United manager John Chand believes Saturday’s last-16 FA Vase opponents Erith & Belvedere will suffer a culture shock when they see Carter’s Park.

The Tigers are three ties from Wembley and will try and exploit home conditions against the team that knocked fellow United Counties Premier Division side Yaxley out in the previous round.

Holbeach have never before reached the Vase quarter-finals. They last reached the last-16 stage in 1989.

Chand said: “Erith play home games at Welling United so it will be a bit of a culture shock coming to our place.

“You can’t play football on our pitch at the moment which doesn’t actually suit us, but you have to make home advantage count when you are three games from Wembley.”

Holbeach suffered a poor warm-up for their big match as full-back Jonnny Allen broke his leg in a 3-2 Premier Division defeat at home to Cogenhoe. Holbeach surrendered second spot to Yaxley as a result. Yaxley are at Wellingborough Town this Saturday, while Deeping Rangers host leaders Rushden & Diamonds.

Deeping’s Tuncay Korkmaz has just collected the manager-of-the-month prize for January.

Big game in Division One is Peterborough Sports v Lutterworth at PSL. Sports are second in the table, ahead of Lutterworth on goal difference.