HOLBEACH UNITED 0 COGENHOE UNITED 1: Holbeach’s alarming dip in form continued on Saturday as Cogenhoe handed the UCL Premier Division champions a sixth defeat on the bounce.
A solitary strike from forward Tom Liversedge two minutes into the second period was enough for the Cooks at a subdued Carter’s Park.
The scoreline would have been worse for the hosts but for a brilliant goalkeeping display from Leigh Overton, who pulled off a string of super saves.
The Tigers’ latest loss leaves them in 13th place in the standings – and it doesn’t get any easier for Glem Maddison’s men, with rivals Spalding United next up at Carter’s Park on Wednesday week.
Boss Glen Maddison said: “It wasn’t good, was it? We’re in a pretty ugly run of form at the moment and we need to snap out of it.
“We changed things up and tried to go a bit more attacking, but it went against us – and we actually created less than we have been doing.
“I thought we had our chances in the first half, if we could have gone ahead it would have been a different game. But once they went ahead they really could have scored more. Leigh Overton saved us with a string on really good stops.
“Credit must go to Cogenhoe though, they look a really good side.
“We couldn’t really have had a tougher run than this, but the positive is that nobody has really battered us – we’re not a million miles away. Sadly the fixtures dictate that we’ve now got to wait ten days for another game.”
After a slow start to the UCL Premier Division clash, Cogenhoe’s Liversedge provided the first real highlight when he pinged a sensational 25-yard drive into the top corner on 15 minutes. Unfortunately for him, the whistle had already gone.
Overton was then called up to make his first stop, racing off his line well to save at the feet of the pacey Courtney Herbert, who had run clear.
Holbeach hit back when Tom Waumsley nodded a free header from Curt Yeatman’s corner wide from six yards, but Liversedge then headed an even better chance wide from six yards at the other end.
The Tigers fashioned perhaps their best chance of the match five minutes before the interval, when a Robbie Relf cross was fired over on the stretch by Liam Tunstall – who was about five yards out.
They made a sloppy start to the second period though and paid the ultimate price. Sloppy play from Tunstall saw the hosts squander possession on the half-way line and the Cooks carved them open, with Liversedge racing clear to slot low past a helpless Overton.
With their tails up, the away side then went for the jugular. Overton twice had to deny Herbert at the far post, with skipper Matt Warfield clearing the second of his strikes off the line.
A marauding run forward from Jamie Russell then forced the Holbeach keeper to tip over, while the stopper kept out a point-blank effort from Elliott Lamb soon after.
Waumsley did head a presentable chance straight at the keeper as the Tigers searched for a leveller, but Cogenhoe continued to create chances at will. Indeed, Overton somehow denied Liversedge and Herbert in one-on-one situations before the final whistle, with Holbeach only able to muster a half-chance for Tommy Treacher – who fired wide from a tough angle at the near post.
Tigers: Overton, Murrell, Relf, Sturman, Braithwaite, Warfield, Waumsley (Law 80), Shipley, Tunstall (Sergeant 71), Treacher, Yeatman (Odgen 71). Not used: Bishop, Beauchamp.