Five-star Tigers cut the gap

Lee Dube's first goal at Harborough. Photo: Steve Relf
Lee Dube's first goal at Harborough. Photo: Steve Relf
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Harborough Town 1 Holbeach United 5

Holbeach United closed the gap on league leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds to one point with a convincing victory at Bowden’s Park.

With Yaxley - who had beaten the Tigers in midweek - earning a 0-0 draw at the Dog & Duck, Holbeach also boosted their goal difference with a four-goal first-half display.

They had to come from behind, though, as Harborough took the lead on the half-hour mark through Ben Williams following a rare error by goalkeeper Nick Conroy.

Lee Dube, who began the season on fire, ended his goal drought to bring the Tigers level and they didn’t look back from that moment on.

Jamie Clarke, who has been in fine form since linking up again with Holbeach joint-manager Graham Drury, put the Tigers in front on 35 minutes and doubled his tally five minutes later from a corner.

With eight goals in as many games, Clarke is proving a major part of Holbeach’s bid for the title and the final goal of the half came from a man who knows just what is needed to win the UCL Premier Division.

Lee Beeson reached double figures last season as Spalding United won the title and he added a fourth for Holbeach in the final minute of the first half.

Dube completed the scoring on 62 minutes as Holbeach completed a comprehensive victory.

Drury admitted: “We didn’t start that well and it needed that goal we conceded to give us the kick up the backside we needed.

“Nick has been outstanding all season and it was so unlike him.

“It was a routine catch that just slipped through his hands.

“It was good to see Lee back on the scoresheet again. We’ve moved him into a wide right position because he is better when he can run at people rather than play with his back to goal.

“Jamie is in very good form at the moment and is banging them in.

“I seem to be able to get the best out of him and he is enjoying his football, and when he is like that he will cause teams problems.

“Lee has a bit of quality and it was good to see him scoring again.

“I see the Rushden fans were moaning after being held by Yaxley so all the pressure is on them and that suits me just fine.”

The Tigers travel to Deeping Rangers on Tuesday night in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy with both sides likely to make changes.

Ricky Lovelace will get a run-out in goal and Danny Spencer and Clarke will be rested, but recent signing Kern Miller will get another 90 minutes under his belt.