FOOTBALL: Holbeach taking title to the wire

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HOLBEACH UTD U/11s 4 LEVERINGTON U/11s 2: DEFIANT Holbeach kept their title hopes alive as they sunk the leaders in a massive top-of-the-table clash.

Leaders Leverington needed just a draw to clinch the Division Four title, but the second-placed Tigers had other ideas.

Liam Sandall dipped home the opener for Holbeach, before Jordan Olive coolly guided their second into the net.

Keeper Matthew Wilshire made a number a smart stops to keep the lead intact – and then Sandall raced clear to make it 3-0 before half time.

The league leaders pulled two back in the second period as they closed on the point they needed, only for Sandall to blast home his hat-trick strike in the closing stages.

With the title now likely to be decided on goal difference, Holbeach face lowly Riverside in their final game.

HOLBEACH UTD YELLOW U/16s 6

GLINTON ORANGE U/16s 0

CRAIG Weightman hit a hat-trick as Yellow smashed Glinton for six.

Three goals in 15 first-half minutes did the early damage, with Matt Rose slipping Kiran Bhondi through to notch the opener.

Tom Coote then fed Weightman for a lobbed second, before a stunning Jamie Casey pass allowed Bhondi to cross for Coote to head a fine third.

More goals followed early in the second half, as Weightman crossed for Coote to notch his second and the former lashed home an unstoppable fifth.

There was still time for Weightman to complete his treble with another fine effort.

BOSTON TOWN U/14s 2

YOUNG DONS U/14s 2

DONS were denied a big win by a last-gasp free kick.

With both teams in the bottom three it was a cautious affair, but Dons went ahead when Bristow headed home from a Sandall cross.

Sandall then drove home a stunning 25-yard free kick to make it 2-0 at the break.

It was different in the second half, with Boston pulling one back before netting a late leveller.

EYE UTD U/12s 6

PINCHBECK UTD U/12s 1

A HORROR first half cost Pinchbeck dear.

Asleep from the off, they shipped five goals in 20 minutes in what was their worst half of the season.

Harry Decamps and Jacko Withers rolled their sleeves up and helped Pinchbeck up their game in the second half, resulting in Tom Hebblewhite pulling one back.

Eye had the last word with a sixth – and gained the upper hand ahead of the pair’s cup final date in three weeks’ time.

WYBERTON COLTS U/12s 2

BIRCHWOOD U/12s 0

COLTS upstaged a Birchwood side sitting higher than them in the table.

After a nervy opening, Wyberton were soon dominating the game with their pass and go football. The opener came when Scott Waterfall brought the ball out from the centre of defence and released Callum Clarke with an excellent weighted ball.

Clarke then produced a cracking cross for Louis Gosling to score with a low flying header.

The Colts were camped in the Birchwood half for the rest of the game and the consistent Harry Hancock secured the points with a cool finish.

METHERINGHAM U/12s 0

HOLBEACH UTD U/12s 4

UNBEATEN Holbeach made it 14 wins on the spin – and left the title within touching distance.

The opener arrived when Brandon England whipped in a wicked left foot cross for Freddie Dye to notch.

Dan Mason then put a ball over the top for England to double the advantage with a blasted finish.

After the break a skilful run and pass from Josh Lawrence allowed the pacey Jamal Nyang to finish off a slick move.

Nyang then turned provider for England, who capped a fine team display with his second.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/9s 1

WISBECH ST MARY U/9s 0

CHAMPIONS Wisbech were toppled by the on-song Tigers ahead of their League Cup final date later this month.

Wisbech, the only side Holbeach hadn’t previously beaten during the season, started well and rattled Jenson Patterson’s post.

Callum Hoole returned the favour with an effort that struck the woodwork, as the first period ended goalless.

Man-of-the-match Jack Smith, Alfie Wilson and Thomas Moxon defended superbly in the second half, while Patterson pulled off a top stop.

The winning goal arrived ten minutes from time, leading scorer James Clark curling home a free kick into the bottom corner to sentence Wisbech to their first league loss in two seasons.

• AFTER beating the champions, Holbeach concluded their season with an 11th successive win – beating hosts March Soccer School 2-0.

James Clark’s 42nd goal of a stunning season made it 1-0 at the break, before Jack Smith fired home his first of the campaign late on to cap a super season.

Peterborough & District League

PINCHBECK UTD RES 2

RYHALL UTD 0

A DOUBLE from John Butler capped a superb performance from Pinchbeck to put a huge dent in Ryhall’s title hopes.

Keeper Luke Boekestijn denied Ryhall with their first real chance, diving low to his right to keep out a well hit strike. From the resulting corner Ryhall rattled the woodwork.

The deadlock was broken on the hour. Butler picked up the ball on the edge of the box and bulldozed his way through Ryhall’s defence before blasting home.

Boekestijn pulled off two more top stops before Butler poked home Luke Gardener’s cross to seal the points.

Spalding Sunday League

JUBILEE 3

MURROW BELL 1

DEPLETED Jubilee put in a superb performance.

Young Steve Coles put them ahead, only for a hotly-disputed penalty to draw Murrow level. After the break, Simon Hall’s cross was headed home by Leigh Boekestijn.

After Luke Boekestijn made some super saves, Mark King skilfully completed the scoring. Outstanding for Jubilee were the returning Robbie Relf and also Danny Nichols.