Holbeach Utd 1 (A Stevens 2) Kempston Rovers 2 (Watson 5, McCrae 72): Captain Jamie Stevens was sent off to complete a day the Tigers will want to quickly put behind them.
And bouncing back is exactly what boss John Chand will expect of them in the derby with Deeping Rangers tomorrow (Carter’s Park, 7.45pm).
The Tigers had won five league matches on the trot going into last Saturday, but won’t care about not seeing Kempston again this season.
The Bedfordshire side were elated in their changing room after a smash and grab win completed an unlikely double.
Chand said: “Across the two matches with them, they’ve probably had four decent chances and scored from three of them.”
The Tigers were ahead inside just two minutes, Jonny Allen putting striker Ashley Stevens through to finish smartly.
But the lead lasted just five minutes as a Danny Watson header made it 1-1.
Andrew Tidswell and Ashley Stevens then went close to restoring the lead before Jamie Stevens cleared a Watson effort off the goalline.
Holbeach were not short on creating chances but were not clinical enough. They also had two big penalty shouts waved away.
Kempston edged ahead on 72 minutes with Sam Macrae heading home from a corner.
Andrew Tidswell, Luke Kennedy and Allen all went close in the drive for an equaliser before the 90th minute controversial sending off.
Jamie Stevens had been cautioned in the first half and appeals for a second yellow card for handball were accepted by the ref.
Chand said: “I’m disappointed but not too despondent. This wasn’t the start I wanted to a tough November.
“We’ve got Deeping, Newport Pagnell and Spalding in the next seven days and I’ll be looking for us to cut out schoolboy fouls and be more clinical in the final third.”
• Tigers: Overton, Allen, Jackson (Treacher 75mins), Warfield, J Stevens, Griffiths, Kennedy, Lewis, N Brown (Lambley 57mins), Tidswell, A Stevens (Goodhand 86mins). Subs not used: B Brown, Brooks.
• Tomorrow – Tigers v Deeping (7.45pm). Saturday – Newport Pagnell Town v Tigers