FOOTBALL: Emphatic Tigers take title at the 11th hour

Fine finish: Holbeach United under-10s signed off in style. Photo supplied
Fine finish: Holbeach United under-10s signed off in style. Photo supplied
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HOLBEACH UTD U/11s 11 RIVERSIDE ROVERS WHITE U/11s 0: THE most dramatic of finishes to the season saw Holbeach snatch the Peterborough League Division Four title in the last minute of their final game.

Holbeach started the game knowing that they needed to win by a margin of 11 goals – and were soon into their stride when Jordan Olive coolly scored the opening goal.

It was 2-0 when Harry Collishaw tapped in a rebound at the far post, before Liam Sandall slotted home a penalty to keep the young Tigers rolling.

Sandall soon turned provider when he raced onto a Callum Matthews pass to square for Olive to net his second.

However, the loss of leading scorer Sandall to injury and break in the game for a hailstorm unsettled Holbeach and they were unable to add to the score before half-time.

Needing a goal glut after the break, Collishaw gave the young Tigers a great start with a quick-fire fourth. Collishaw then clinched his hat-trick from the penalty spot, as did the lively Olive soon after.

A long range strike from Callum Matthews made it 8-0 to edge Holbeach closer to their target – but they had just five minutes to add three more.

Olive bagged his fourth after the the visiting keeper picked up a backpass, while the battling Louis Preston found the net with a super long range effort.

With less than a minute left, man-of-the-match Collishaw raced past three players to score the vital goal and clinch an amazing title.

HOLBEACH UTD U/12s 7

METHERINGHAM U/12s 0

WITH the title already in the bag, relentless Holbeach refused to take their foot off the gas.

It wasn’t long before Brandon England opened the scoring after after Josh Lawrence had jinked past the back four.

Rajan Sangha then bagged his first of the day, before Stefan Gostic made it three with a curled effort.

After the break Sangha and England doubled their tallies, while Jordi Ivatt glanced home number six. The scoring was completed by defender Senior, whose mazy run and strike wrapped up another super show.

• HOLBEACH also crushed Kirton 7-0 prior to their weekend waltz.

Lawrence (2), England, Joe Fowler (2) and Sangha (2) grabbed the goals, with Holbeach boss Tommy Gostic thankful for the kind applause his side were given by their opponents.

YAXLEY U/11s 0

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/11s 3

SPALDING finished off the season in style with an emphatic win.

Charlie Ford scored the first goal of the match with a neat lob from the edge of the box over the advancing keeper. Athletic were doing all the attacking and when Yaxley did break through, it was cleaned up by the superb defending of Luke Williamson and Christian Fortune.

It wasn’t long before the second goal came, as a superb cross from the impressive Ford was volleyed into the net by Alex Richardson.

The second half was a bit more scrappy, but again it was Spalding in command. They soon delivered a third goal after another corner from Ford was volleyed into the net at the far post from Joe Yewman.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/10s 7

RIPPINGALE & FOLKINGHAM U/10s 0

FREE-SCORING Holbeach enjoyed a fantastic finish to their season as they wrapped up third place in the Peterborough Alliance League.

After an early Billy Barnes effort was saved, Mikey Bailey was first to score. More good work by the young Tigers then allowed Barnes to get his name on scoresheet and skipper Brad Whitmore also netted to make it 3-0 at the break.

More of the same followed after the break, with Joseph Rickerby finding the back of the net and Barnes doubling his tally with a fantastic strike from a free kick.

A superbly-taken corner by William Taylor then allowed Cameron Oko to head home number six.

Not finished there, Holbeach continued to attack and went close when another Taylor corner was fired over by Rickerby. There was still time for one more goal though, as Taylor run and pass allowed Oko to pick out Ewan McCracken, who finished off the rout.

Squad: Lewis Curson, Joseph Rickerby, Billy Barnes,Mikey Bailey, Cameron Oko, Josh Balding, Harry Crunkhorn, Brad Whitmore, Ewan McCracken, William Taylor and Kiron Filby.

Peterborough & District League

PINCHBECK UTD RES 5

HARTFORD SUN FC 8

PINCHBECK’S five-game unbeaten run was ended in this remarkable 13-goal thriller.

Daniel Billinghurst scored four for the visitors – and he grabbed his first when he was gifted a chance after ten minutes, before Danny Cole bagged a brace to put Pinchbeck ahead.

Billinghurst drew the visitors level again, but Ash West put Pinchbeck back in the lead with a fine header.

The goals flowed early in the second half. Saleem Jabbar made it 3-3 with a header, but Sam Munton went up the other end to put Pinchbeck back in front. However, Hartford fought back again, with Billinghurst’s third and Jabbar’s second putting them ahead.

This took the wind out of Pinchbeck’s sails, allowing Hartford to secure all three points through Billinghurst and Tony Peacock (2).

Adam Braybrook did score a consolation fifth for Pinchbeck.