A stunning second half showing guided Holbeach United to a 4-0 win at local rivals Boston Town on Tuesday night – and sent them nine points clear at the top of the UCL Premier Division.
The first half was largely even, with Ben Good and Matt Barber both hitting the bar for the Poachers at one end and home keeper Tom Roberts denying both Jason Turner and Mitch Griffiths superbly at the other.
It was a different story in the second period – although there was a large slice of luck involved in Holbeach’s opener.
A defensive clearance smashed against Tommy Treacher and flew into the net, giving John Chand’s side the crucial breakthrough on 57 minutes.
There was nothing fortunate about their second seven minutes later though, as Mitch Griffiths drilled home a fierce near-post drive from the left-hand side of the box.
That man Griffiths then put the game to bed from the penalty spot (72), before Jonny Allen headed home a fine fourth from a Luigi Rocco cross on 77 minutes to cap a great night for the Tigers.
At the other end, Michael Emery denied former Pinchbeck United ace Luke Wilson a consolation strike with a fine save from point-blank range.
Although 4-0 was perhaps harsh on Boston, the victory really hammers home the Tigers’ title credentials.
Holbeach boss Chand said: “We were poor first half but once we got ahead it was one-way traffic.”
The victory ensures Holbeach will go into 2013 as league leaders.
More on the derby clash in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian.