FOOTBALL: Crushing defeats for Tigers and Rangers

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HOLBEACH United’s poor run of UCL Premier Division form continued with a 6-3 defeat at St Ives Town on Tuesday night, while Deeping Rangers were beaten 5-2 at leaders St Neots Town.

Chasing a first win since November 20, the Tigers fell behind on 20 minutes when Chris Hugill lobbed Sam Cole.

Conor Washington (35) made it 2-0 soon after, but Mitch Griffiths cut the deficit from the spot before the break.

It got better for Holbeach too, as Shaun Keeble rolled back the years to level with a close range volley shortly after the interval.

Keeble then put John Chand’s side in dreamland with his second on 67 minutes.

That’s how it stayed until the last 15 minutes, when the Saints smashed four goals to stun the Tigers.

A gaffe by Cole allowed Washington to level (75), before another error from the away keeper three minutes later allowed Hugill to make it 4-3.

Scott Fielding headed a Washington cross just inside the post for number five after 83 minutes and Foster completed the scoring with a last minute header from a Washington corner.

Meanwhile, St Neots passed the 100 goal mark in the UCL Premier by slamming five past Rangers.

After a goalless first period, James McDonough’s 48th minute own goal handed St Neots the lead.

Kevin Gilbert replied for Rangers after 54 minutes, but sixty seconds later the Saints were back in front through Jordan Gent.

Mark Jones scored a second equaliser a minute before the hour for Tuncay Korkmaz’s men, but Lewis Hilliard (63), Lewis Webb (65) and Kevin Davies (70) finally killed them off.

Elsewhere, another nail was hammered in Spalding United’s coffin as their hopes of remaining a Evo-Stik League First Division South club took another turn for the worse.

Relegation rivals Rainworth Miners Welfare beat Brigg Town 3-2 to leave the Tulips 10 points from safety - which is effectively 11, considering Spalding’s dreadful goal difference.