Tigers have Wembley in their sights

Jake Duffy will be a key man for Holbeach at Thurnby Nirvana.
Jake Duffy will be a key man for Holbeach at Thurnby Nirvana.

Holbeach United joint manager John Chand is predicting a clash of styles when his side travel to Thurnby Nirvana for an FA Vase tie tomorrow (January 17).

With Wembley’s iconic arch now in sight, Chand knows that a win at Dakyn Road will leave Holbeach just three games away from the final on May 9.

But before that, the Tigers will look to extend their winning run to 11 games against Nirvana, a team with attacking instincts and a decent home record.

Chand said: “We’ve had a really good look at Thurnby and I would say that they’re the most potent attacking team in the UCL Premier Division.

“The way they approach games is ‘if you score four, we’ll score five’, whereas we try not to give a lot away.

“It’ll be a clash of two conflicting styles on Saturday and I’m expecting a really tough ride at Thurnby.”

Holbeach go into the game having outclassed AFC Kempston Rovers in their 3-0 win at Carter’s Park last Saturday (January 10).

A close-range effort by Jamie Clarke came either side of a double from Jake Duffy who will have a particularly strong interest in the outcome of Saturday’s FA Vase fourth round tie.

Chand said: “Jake is a Leicester boy who lives about 400 metres from Thurnby’s ground, but he’s an amazing player to have at our football club.

“He wants to get the ball down and play, but he’s also a goalscorer in midfield and it wouldn’t have been an injustice if he’d scored four goals on Saturday.”

A coach is leaving from Carter’s Park for Thurnby on Saturday at 11.15am and Chand wants to see it full to capacity.

“It’s important, at any level of football, to have the fans assisting you to move things forward,” Chand said.