BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC 5 HOLBEACH UNITED 1: Luckless Glen Maddison has admitted that he’s currently enduring his toughest spell as a manager after seeing Holbeach crash out of the FA Vase.
Everything went against the Tigers in their harsh 5-1 beating at Blaby on Saturday, which stretched their losing streak to eight matches in all competitions.
Having bossed the opening exchanges, a mad five minutes before the break saw them ship two goals and have Lewis Sturman sent off.Although Luke Hollingworth did pull one back for the ten men on 77 minutes, late goals gave the scoreline a harsh look.
And, having also shipped five goals against rivals Spalding on Wednesday night (see page 74), it capped a shocking week for the defending UCL Premier Division champions.
“I can’t remember a tougher run as a manager, certainly in terms of the amount of games lost in a row,” bemoaned former Sleaford Town and Boston United Reserves chief Maddison. “But this is where I have to do my job – it’s easy when you’re winning.
“Saturday was nowhere near as bad a performance as the result suggests. Everything just went against us.
“We dominated the first half, but within the space of five minutes found ourselves 2-0 behind and down to ten men. We decided to have a go in the second half as there’s not much point in damage limitation in a cup match.
“The lads battled well and really showed signs of turning things around, so that’s the main positive.
“Sadly we ran out of gas a bit. I don’t think it helped that the league gave us a big derby game against Spalding a few days before an FA Vase tie, but there you go.”
Aaron Preston (38) opened the scoring for hosts Blaby in Leicestershire, before a hotly-disputed Tom Hill penalty – harshly given against keeper Leigh Overton – made it 2-0 on 43 minutes. Sturman was then given his marching orders for a professional foul on a clean-through striker to complete a terrible spell for the Tigers.
Preston’s second on 70 minutes killed the tie, only for Hollingworth to net a consolation from the spot (77).
Blaby had the last word, with Liam Hebberd (88) and Hill (90) both on-target.
Next up for the Tigers is a ‘six-pointer’ at relegation rivals Newport Pagnell Town on Saturday (3pm).
Tigers: Overton, Murrell, Relf, Sturman, Braithwaite (Law), Shipley, Beauchamp, Sergeant (Johnson), Sevilha, Waumsley, Hollingworth. Not used: Bishop.