LOCAL FOOTBALL: Dazzling Tigers are champions

UCL return: Ian Dunn has signed for Boston Town

UCL return: Ian Dunn has signed for Boston Town

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Holbeach Utd U/13s 4 Moorland Railway 0: HOLBEACH were crowned Mid Lincs B League champions after producing another dazzling display.

Without ever playing their usual slick passing football, the Tigers were far too strong for Moorland and extended their winning run to 15 games.

The opening goal arrived when Jamal Nyang and Declan Earth played in Jordan Keeble to score.

Earth then got in on the act with a smart finish before the break.

The second half continued in a similar fashion, with Holbeach peppering the Moorland goal. Again it was Keeble and Earth who scored again, making it two apiece.

• Keeble (2) and Earth were also in target as the young Tigers won 3-0 at Wyberton last week.

SPALDING ATH U/18s 5

BOURNE TOWN U/18s 3

FIVE-STAR Spalding recorded the win they needed to take them into a last game Division One title showdown.

Sam Burrell made an early one-handed save before Athletic took the lead when Jordan Hayes provided a cross for Chip Wallace to score.

It was soon 2-0 when Alex Lyon made something out of nothing, but Bourne were never out of it and a bizarre own goal made it 2-1 at the break.

Incredibly, another Spalding own goal then made it 2-2 early in the second period.

Parity didn’t last long though, as James Halgarth crossed for Hayes to fire Spalding’s third.

A well-taken goal from Sam Cowlen put the game beyond doubt, before Hayes flicked a Lyon cross on for Halgarth to make it five.

Hayes hit the bar with a cracking lob late on, but Bourne did pull one back.

SAWTRY U/15s 0

HOLBEACH YELLOW U/15s 1

TOM Coote fired Yellow to a hard-fought win.

In a goalless first half Ben Nottingham twice went close from distance, while Danny Wilshire, Ash Hicks and George Stainfield had efforts on goal.

Playing into the win after the break, Holbeach were forced to defend for large periods.

But they struck the decisive blow when Stainfield swung in a dangerous cross from the right and Coote fired into the top corner.

HOLBEACH UTD U/14s 0

HAMPTON U/14s 0

THIS rare goalless draw was a great advert for junior football.

Strong attacking and fine defending from both sides produced a game of strong wills and even stronger hearts. Up against the run away leaders of the division, the young Tigers produced a gutsy performance.

Watts, Stebbings and man-of-the-match Mitchell were outstanding at the back, but were supported well by their midfield.

The attackers were unfortunate not to take their chances but toiled all match for a fair result.

MABLETHORPE U/13s 0

YOUNG DONS U/13s 13

RUTHLESS Dons put nine-man Mablethorpe to the sword.

Dons cruised into a 6-0 half-time lead, with the goals shared between Bristow, Hempsal and Sandall.

After the break the same three players and John Baxter were among the goals.

NETHERTON UNITED U/13s 4

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/13s 2

NETHERTON edged out Spalding in a cracking cup tie to reach their second final of the season.

Trailing 2-0 at half time, Spalding started to get more of the ball after the break with Sam Young and Fraser McNab bossing midfield.

Reagan Brown broke down the right and smashed a cross that the keeper couldn’t hold on to and it squirmed under his body, before Alfie Davies rammed the ball into the roof of the net to make it 2-2.

It was end to end stuff after that with Spalding keeper Ryan Plant making some good saves. Sam Smith went close, Davies hit the post and the keeper saved well from Rick O’Shea but Netherton caught Spalding on the break with two late goals.

HOLBEACH UTD U/10s 3

WISBECH SM YELLOW U/10s 2

(after extra time)

LIAM Sandall fired an extra-time winner to send Holbeach into the cup semi-final.

Wisbech started brightly and the home defence of Eni Bashua and Kyle Marshall were soon in action.

Holbeach gradually settled and started to create chances of their own, but Yellow took the lead on the stroke of half time.

The hosts quickly levelled the score after the break, with Lewis Turner and Thomas Tyler combining well to release Sandall.

Holbeach then stepped it up a notch and it was no surprise when Lewis Turner skipped through several tackles before firing home.

However, the end-to-end tie had another twist, with Wisbech levelling in the dying seconds.

The game looked destined for penalties with the additional period yielding no goals – before Sandall snatched a late winner.

Man of the match: Bashua.

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/10s 3

DEEPING CLARETS U/10s 0

SPALDING produced their best team performance of the season to take all three points in this top of the table clash.

Deeping started the brighter but failed to conjure up any decent chances.

Athletic then started to attack with pace and they took the lead when Joe Waumsley threaded a pass through for Kieron McConnell to hammer home.

The second half was pretty even, but McConnell’s second after the break gave Spalding some breathing space.

Jack Watson poked home the third to seal the win.

LEVERINGTON U/9s 1

HOLBEACH UTD U/9s 1

HOLBEACH were denied victory as Leverington equalised in a frantic finale.

There were no goals in a lively first period, although Holbeach applied most of the pressure.

In the second half the Tigers continued to press, with Ewan McCracken’s cross headed just wide by Cameron Oko.

They went one better soon after though, as McCracken picked out Oko to bury the opener.

The lead was short-lived though, as Leverington levelled two minutes later.

Peterborough & District League

OUNDLE TOWN 1

PINCHBECK UTD 4

PINCHBECK fired themselves firmly back into the Premier Division title race with an outstanding performance against one of the league’s in-form teams.

Pete Roberts was forced to make changes to his team with keeper Ash Elderkin and striker Mark Lovelace having to pull out from the squad late on Saturday morning.

But skipper Bobby Patterson led from the front and gave his side the advantage after 15 minutes, smashing the ball home from close range after a well-worked corner.

Ian Dunn was soon off the mark and he notched his first of the game after a cracking cross from recent signing Ryan Birtles.

Red-hot striker Dunn then made it 3-0 just before the break to give Pinchbeck a well-deserved lead.

After the break Tom Roberts showed his worth in goal, while Ollie Maltby was outstanding in the midfield.

Oundle did pull one back from the penalty spot, but normal service was resumed when Birtles smashed home Pinchbeck’s fourth into the roof of the net.

Pinchbeck are now nine points behind Uppingham with four games in hand – and the duo are scheduled to square off before the end of the season.

• SIX local players have been selected to play for the Peterborough League’s representative side next Tuesday.

Pinchbeck’s Ian Dunn, Ryan Birtles and Bobby Patterson, Moulton Harrox’s Joe Townsend and Phil Groves and Crowland Town’s Gavin McPartlin will all feature against the Lincolnshire League at Chestnut Avenue.

Dunn is also set for a return to UCL Premier Division action with Boston Town – but is only expected to play for them in midweek, which shouldn’t impact on his availability for Pinchbeck.

PINCHBECK UTD RES 2

EYE SPORTS RES 0

A BRACE from Dan Thornalley wrapped up a comfortable victory for Pinchbeck to keep alive their target of a top three finish in Combination Division One.

Pinchbeck spent most of the first half camped inside the Eye half but did receive a scare from the visitors midway through when they had a goalbound effort cleared off the line. It was to be one of only a handful of efforts from Eye.

Thornalley’s first came just before the break with thumping header from Ash Wilson’s corner. He doubled his tally after the break hitting a low drive to beat the keeper from inside the box.

How the home side didn’t at least score a third left many scratching their heads. Clarkson, Chilvers and Piper all squandered opportunities.

Boston & District League

SPALDING TOWN 5

WYBERTON RES 1

TOWN came from behind to smash second-placed Wyberton.

After shipping an early goal, Ryan Wheeler levelled the scores with a fierce drive.

Jonny Turner then found the net just before half time with a 18-yard strike that left the keeper rooted to the spot.

Veteran Nathan Young headed home number three, before Tommy Cranmer opened his Town account soon after.

Turner rounded off the scoring with his second of the afternoon.

BENINGTON 2

TYDD ST MARY 1

PABLO Da Silva returned with a goal for Tydd – but high-flying Benington came from behind to take the spoils.

Having inflicted Benington’s only league defeat of the season back in October, the Saints came into the game in high spirits.

And, after a goalless first period, samba star Da Silva came off the bench to fire home Timmy Lowe’s cross on 50 minutes.

However, a rare defensive error by keeper Luke Burton and Stu Easey allowed Benington in to level.

It was 2-1 to the hosts soon after and that’s how it stayed, despite some late Tydd pressure.