FOOTBALL: Tigers sink Saints, Wakes storm to win

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HOLBEACH United returned to winning ways with a fine 2-0 victory over St Ives Town on Monday, while Bourne Town ended their poor run by romping past Raunds Town 4-0 at the Abbey Lawn.

After a tough festive period in the UCL Premier Division, the Tigers went ahead after 25 minutes at Carter’s Park when Paul Goodhand’s near-post corner was headed in by skipper Jamie Stevens.

The second arrived after the break, with Andrew Tidswell racing clear to seal the points on 63 minutes. Only a smart Niall Conroy-Owen strike prevented Ashley Stevens adding a third late on, but Holbeach had already done enough.

However, the Tigers do drop a place to third by virtue of Long Buckby’s superior goal difference.

Meanwhile, braces from Glen Spearink and Jason Kilbride saw the Wakes end their six-game winless run in Division One.

Kilbride got the ball rolling with strikes on six and nine minutes, the second being a penalty.

It was all about Spearink after the break, as his double (63 & 72) helped seal Bourne’s biggest win of the season so far.

See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for more football action and reaction.

RESULTS (Monday, January 2)

UCL Premier Division: AFC Kempston Rovers 1 Daventry United 1; Desborough Town 2 Wellingborough Town 4; Holbeach United 2 St Ives Town 0; King’s Lynn Town 2 Newport Pagnell Town 1; Long Buckby 6 Irchester United 1; Northampton Spencer 0 Boston Town 3; Thrapston Town 1 Cogenhoe United 1.

UCL Division One: Bourne Town 4 Raunds Town 0; Burton Park Wanderers 6 Rothwell Town 1; Eynesbury Rovers 2 Potton United 0; Northampton ON Chenecks 0 Harborough Town 5; Olney Town 3 Buckingham Town 2; Rothwell Corinthians 0 Wellingborough Whitworth 2; Rushden & Higham United 2 Bugbrooke St Michaels 1; Wootton Blue Cross 0 Huntingdon Town 4.