HOLBEACH United lost the big UCL Premier Division top-of-the-table clash 1-0 at King’s Lynn on Boxing Day, while Spalding United were smashed 6-0 at Peterborough Northern Star and Deeping Rangers drew 1-1 at Blackstones.
In a largely even affair played in front of a mammoth 1,040 crowd at The Walks, a scrambled goal from Stuart Wall 20 minutes from time was enough to end the Tigers’ eight-game winning streak.
John Chand’s side did have a big penalty appeal turned down in the first half when Dan Flack was upended, but the Linnets stood form to go seven points clear of Holbeach at the top.
Earlier in the day, Spalding’s first game since the sacking of Andy Stanhope couldn’t have gone much worse.
The Tulips were decimated 6-0 by Northern Star, with Dan Clements (2), Karl Gibbs (2), Addie Staffieri and Richard Jones – with a stunning volley – sending the hosts up to fourth in the table.
Meanwhile, Matt Heron’s first-half strike was enough to earn Deeping a draw at Lincoln Road. He opened the scoring for Tuncay Korkmaz’s men on ten minutes, but Adam Scotcher soon levelled.
Down in UCL Division One, Bourne Town were beaten 1-0 at Huntingdon Town.
See Thursday’s joint edition of the Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press for a full round-up and reaction from the Boxing Day fixtures.
UCL Premier Division: Blackstones 1 Deeping Rangers 1; Boston Town 0 Sleaford Town 1; Daventry United 0 Long Buckby 3; King’s Lynn Town 1 Holbeach United 0; Newport Pagnell Town 1 AFC Kempston Rovers 2; Peterborough Northern Star 6 Spalding United 0; Stewarts & Lloyds Corby 4 Desborough Town 1; Wellingborough Town 3 Thrapston Town 2; Yaxley 1 St Ives Town 5.
UCL Division One: Buckingham Town 1 Bugbrooke St Michaels 3; Burton Park Wanderers 5 Northampton Sileby Rangers 0; Huntingdon Town 1 Bourne Town 0; Olney Town 1 Northampton ON Chenecks 2; Raunds Town 4 Eynesbury Rovers 1; Rothwell Town 1 Rothwell Corinthians 3; Wellingborough Whitworth 3 Rushden & Higham United 0.