Non-league: Cuckoos are robbed in Erith, but Tigers now lie in wait

Yaxley face the camera before their FA Vase defeat. From the left are, back, David Cobb, Liam Hook, Jon-Paul Duncliffe, Aaron  Butcher, Scott Carter, Lewis Stone, front, Luke Hipwell, Rob Hughes, Dan Cotton, Wayne Morris and Kyle Nolan.
Yaxley face the camera before their FA Vase defeat. From the left are, back, David Cobb, Liam Hook, Jon-Paul Duncliffe, Aaron Butcher, Scott Carter, Lewis Stone, front, Luke Hipwell, Rob Hughes, Dan Cotton, Wayne Morris and Kyle Nolan.

Yaxley manager Brett Whaley is tipping United Counties Premier Division rivals Holbeach to reach the FA Vase quarter-finals.

The Cuckoos were desperately unlucky to lose their last-32 tie at Kent-based Erith and Belvedere last weekend.

Erith were promptly drawn to play at Holbeach in the fifth round, a tie that will take place at Carter’s Park on February 7.

Holbeach won a thrilling tie, 4-3 at another UCL side Thurnby Nirvana.

Whaley said: “We played as well as we have played all season at Erith. I was so proud of the performance, yet disappointed that we dodn’t get what we deserved.

“Erith are a good side, but even they admitted that we dominated the game.

“Unfortunately they started the game better and managed to score whereas we couldn’t get past their goalkeeper who was outstanding. He was 6ft 7in and seemed to fill the goal up.

“It won’t be an easy tie for Holbeach, but with home advantage I’d expect them to win and I hope they do because they are local and because I want them to have distractions! Erith play at Welling FC which is a big ground with a great playing surface. It’s very different to Carter’s Park.”

Rob Hughes saw a penalty saved at Erith, while Dan Cotton was denied twice in one-on-one situations with the ‘keeper.

Third-placed Yaxley, who are still in three cup competitions, will expect to boost their title drive with victory over Eynesbury at In2itive Park this Saturday when new signings Jacob Joyce (from Huntingdon) and Casey Logan (from Histon) should feature.