FOOTBALL: Tigers toast title, Tulips back in promotion hunt

Champions Holbeach United lifted the UCL Premier Division following their 1-0 win over Irchester United on Saturday, while Spalding United reignited their promotion push with a 5-1 triumph at Kempston Rovers and ten-man Deeping Rangers earned a 1-1 draw with Cogenhoe United.

Starting at Alfred Street, the Tigers created a real party atmosphere in their season finale and grabbed a 31st league win to finish on a whopping 98 points.

With a host of players starting in unfamiliar positions – including defender Dan Flack in goal, strikers Tommy Treacher and Jason Turner in defence and manager John Chand in attack – it was never going to be a top Holbeach display.

The only goal was right out of the top drawer though, as leading scorer Andrew Tidswell lobbed home a stunner into the top corner on 20 minutes...following a classy flick through from strike partner Chand.

Both sides had chances to add to the scoring, but it was all about the celebrations for Holbeach as they lifted the title in front of the sizeable travelling support.

Below the Tigers, it was a potentially pivotal day for Spalding’s promotion bid as they capitalised on a rare St Ives loss.

Goals from Dan Cotton, Jake Gibson, Jamie Thurlbourne, Lee Beeson and Luke Kennedy fired the Tulips to a convincing 5-1 triumph over hosts Kempston as they bounced back well from Thursday’s shock loss at Wellingborough Town.

And with second-placed St Ives going down 2-1 at home to rivals Huntingdon Town, Pat Rayment’s team are now a point behind them with two games left each.

Elsewhere, Ryan Oliver was sent off as Deeping’s hopes of finishing fourth were damaged by Cogenhoe. The striker saw red in the first half for two yellow cards, before Jack Bowen effort put the Cooks ahead in the second period.

The ten men battled back for a draw though, with Ciaran Holt netting late on.

In UCL Division One, Danny Pick’s second-half effort was enough to earn Bourne Town a 1-0 win at Olney in their penultimate game of the season.

Meanwhile, Moulton Harrox took a big step towards sealing the Peterborough Premier Division title with a 2-0 win over title rivals Peterborough Sports Parkway.

Tom Gosling and Dan Woods (penalty) struck in the first period to leave Moulton four points clear at the top with two games to play.

More football in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.

RESULTS

UCL Premier Division: AFC Kempston Rovers 1 Spalding United 5; Boston Town 0 Shepshed Dynamo 2; Deeping Rangers 1 Cogenhoe United 1; Harborough Town 1 Desborough Town 3; Irchester United 0 Holbeach United 1; Long Buckby 3 Blackstones 0; Newport Pagnell Town 1 Quorn 1; St Ives Town 1 Huntingdon Town 2; Wellingborough Town 2 Stewarts & Lloyds Corby 3; Yaxley 1 Sleaford Town 1.

Division One: Buckingham Town 2 Bugbrooke St Michaels 4; Burton Park Wanderers 1 Northampton Sileby 3; Rangers Harrowby United 2 Eynesbury Rovers 2; Northampton Spencer 4 Wellingborough Whitworth 2; Oadby Town 4 Thrapston Town 2; Olney Town 0 Bourne Town 1; Potton United 0 AFC Rushden & Diamonds 2.

Boston & District League: Premier Division: Billinghay Ath 5 Old Leake 0; Freiston 1 Old Doningtonians 2; Kirton Town 1 Wyberton 2; Skegness Town Reserves 3 Pointon 0; Swineshead 2 Benington 2.

Division One: Pointon Res 3 Mareham Utd 5; Wrangle Utd 3 Wainfleet Utd 0; Wyberton Res 1 Coningsby 1.

Division Two: Coningsby Res 3 Holbeach Bank 1; Fishtoft Res 2 Sutterton 5; Leverton 3 Fosdyke 3; Old Doningtonians Res 3 Nelson 5; Ruskington Rovers 1 Westside Rangers 0.

Division Three: Burgh Utd 3 Swineshead Res 3; Sutterton Res 0 Spilsby Town Res 4.

Peterborough & District League: To be added later.