BOSTON TOWN 0 HOLBEACH UNITED 2: Tom Waumsley’s second-half double fired Holbeach to a deserved derby victory over nine-man Boston Town on Tuesday night.
The Tigers’ leading scorer netted on 69 and 75 minutes at Tattershall Road to make it four wins on the bounce – and fire Glen Maddison’s men up to ninth in the UCL Premier Division table.
In what was a niggly derby duel, Boston had Ollie Pinner and ex-Tiger Dane Harper sent off after the break to compound their misery.
Harper’s second yellow was for shoving Holbeach boss Glen Maddison – and the Tigers chief felt that incident summed up the game.
“It was an ugly game,” said the former Sleaford Town boss. “But I knew that was going to be the case.
“They overran us a bit in the first half, but we stuck to our task well and in the end controlled the game.
“I don’t think we’d have won this game a few weeks ago, but it shows how far we’ve come in a short time. We seem to have ‘manned up’ a bit and I’m very happy with the lads.”
The first half of Tuesday’s derby made for awful viewing. It was stop-start from the off, with both sides guilty of committing needless fouls.
Holbeach’s only real chance fell to Luke Hollingworth after a bit of pinball in the Boston box. His strike was eventually blocked on the line by Nathan Iley.
At the other end, Josh Ford fired straight at Leigh Overton and ex-Holbeach midfielder Paul Goodhand lashed a half-volley just over.
The match didn’t improve much as a spectacle after the interval – not that Holbeach will care one jot.
The game changed when Town skipper Pinner was sent off for a second yellow card in the opening exchanges of the second period.The Tigers cashed in on their numerical advantage and went ahead 20 minutes from time when Waumsley rifled a fine effort into the top corner from just inside the box after a deep Tommy Treacher cross.
It was game over five minutes later when Treacher fired an Adam Rothery free kick towards goal. The ball looked to be flicked into the corner via the heel of Waumsley, who claimed the goal after the match.
The identity of the scorer mattered little, as Holbeach closed out the final 15 minutes - aided by Harper’s bizarre red.
Tigers: Overton, Murrell, Relf, Shipley, Braithwaite, Bishop (Sturman 65), Law (Johnson 85), Rothery, Waumsley (Sevilha 79), Treacher, Hollingworth. Not used. Warfield, Kirk.