HOLLAND FC assistant boss Steve Davis believes his side showed their quality by winning when not at their best, against Lopes Tavares on Saturday.

Steve Eaton’s double handed them a 2-0 victory in the Thurlow Nunn League first division south contest at the W&S Scaffolding Community Stadium.

It was Holland’s fourth win from six league matches and a result that put them fourth in the table, behind fellow high-fliers Halstead Town, Little Oakley and White Ensign.

Despite not ever hitting top gear, Davis was more than satisfied to put another three points on the board.

“It certainly wasn’t our greatest performance,” he told the Gazette.

“We played reasonably well in spells but nothing more.

“However, the sign of a good team is picking up three points and a clean sheet when you haven’t been at your best.”

Eaton’s opener came after only ten minutes and his second followed shortly after.

Holland had been due to visit White Ensign in the Essex Senior Cup on Tuesday.

However, the match was switched to tonight.

It will be the first of two big knockout ties in quick succession, with Holland visiting Hertfordshire-based Codicote, of Spartan South Midlands League division one, in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase on Saturday.

In the first qualifying round they eliminated Cornard United 4-2, thanks to goals from Eaton, Joe Martin, Jaydon Randell and Billy Wales.

In the process, Holland earned £550 and the incentive for winning this weekend is a reward of £725.

Even the losing side will walk away with £250.

This is the last qualifying round before the first round proper is staged on the weekend of Saturday, October 13.