FOOTBALL: Tigers bounce back with five-star show

DOUBLE: Tom Sergeant netted a brace for the Tigers on Saturday.
DOUBLE: Tom Sergeant netted a brace for the Tigers on Saturday.
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HOLBEACH UNITED 5 LONG BUCKBY 0: Glen Maddison toasted a job well done as his Holbeach side bounced back superbly from their first UCL Premier Division defeat in ten games.

The Tigers mauled hapless Long Buckby at Carter’s Park on Saturday, banishing the memory of last Tuesday’s 2-0 derby loss at Spalding United.

Midfielders Tom Sergeant (15 and 58), Adam Rothery (18) and Andy Law (51) all chipped in with goals, while striker Tommy Treacher (40) also got in on the act.

Holbeach boss Maddison said: “I thought we did well. I think they were missing a few players, because they were poor, if I’m brutally honest.

“At 2-0 I was a little worried we’d take our foot off the gas and let them back into the game, but the lads really stepped it up a notch and killed them off.

“It was good to see the midfielders stepping up with a few goals, that’s something we’ve been lacking a bit.

“It was also important that we bounced back well from a loss, albeit against a very good Spalding side.”

After bossing the early exchanges, the Tigers went ahead when Sergeant’s drive somehow beat the visiting keeper on 15 minutes.

Rothery then doubled Holbeach’s money three minutes later with his first goal for the club.

Sergeant lashed an effort off the post, before talisman Treacher made it 3-0 five minutes before the break.

Long Buckby threatened to make a game of it, but Holbeach nipped any hopes they had of a comeback in the bud thanks to goals from Law and Sergeant within the space of seven second-half minutes.

Tigers: Overton, Leggett, Warfield, Shipley (Relf 58), Murrell, Law, Sergeant (Sevilha 61), Rothery (Bayliss 66), Waumsley, Treacher, Hollingworth. Attendance: 108