FOOTBALL: Gutsy win from ten-man Tigers, Tulips turned over again

On target: Ash Stevens scored again as Holbeach beat Newport Pagnell 2-0.
On target: Ash Stevens scored again as Holbeach beat Newport Pagnell 2-0.
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SPIRITED Holbeach United played 87 minutes with ten men but still beat Newport Pagnell 2-0 at Carter’s Park on Saturday, while Spalding United slumped to a 3-2 home loss at the hands of Kempston Rovers.

In the big UCL Premier Division clash of the weekend, the Tigers made a nightmare start when veteran defender Dean Elston – making his first appearance of the season – was sent off for deliberate handball on three minutes. Pagnell missed the resulting penalty, but the damage appeared to have been done.

Undeterred, Holbeach then grabbed a half-time lead through the free-scoring Ash Stevens.

It got better after the break too, with Jonny Allen securing an impressive win against a Pagnell side that finished third last season.

It’s now four wins on the bounce for John Chand’s red-hot side, who jump up to fourth in the early season standings – just three points behind unbeaten trio King’s Lynn Town, Wellingborough Town and Long Buckby.

It was a different story at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, as Spalding’s winless run stretched to five games.

Kempston went ahead when debutante right back Jack Pemberton bundled a cross into his own net, but a brilliant brace from Simon Mowbray (22 and 32) turned the game on its head.

However, Rovers levelled through Josh Sturniolo before Dan Watson gave the promoted side a 3-2 half-time lead.

The second half failed to live up to the first, as Kempston held on to secure all three points - making it two draws and two defeats from Spalding’s first four games back in the UCL Premier. That leaves Andy Stanhope’s men in the bottom six.

Deeping Rangers were also beaten 2-1 at Long Buckby, meaning Tuncay Korkmaz’s men have lost their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Down in UCL Division One, Bourne Town played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at Wellingborough Whitworth.

In the Peterborough Premier Division, goals from Andy Law, Toni Pascu and Mark Thompson earned Pinchbeck a 3-0 success at Oakham United, while Deeping Rangers Reserves knocked off Netherton United 2-1.

See Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press for more action and reaction from the weekend football.

WEEKEND RESULTS

UCL Premier Division: Blackstones 2 Stewarts & Lloyds Corby 1; Boston Town 2 Desborough Town 1; Holbeach United 2 Newport Pagnell Town 0; Long Buckby 2 Deeping Rangers 1; Sleaford Town 2 St Ives Town 4; Spalding United 2 AFC Kempston Rovers 3; Yaxley 1 Kings Lynn Town 8.

UCL Division One: Bugbrooke St Michaels 3 Burton Park Wanderers 1; Eynesbury Rovers 1 Olney Town 2; Harborough Town 1 Northampton ON Chenecks 1; Huntingdon Town 8 Potton United 0; Rothwell Town 3 Raunds Town 0; Wellingborough Whitworth 3 Bourne Town 3; Wootton Blue Cross 2 Rushden & Higham United 1.

Peterborough & District League: Premier Division – Deeping Rangers Reserves 2 Netherton United 1; Kings Cliffe United 3 Leverington Sports 1; Oakham United 0 Pinchbeck United 3; Oundle Town 3 Parson Drove 1; Uppingham Town 1 Peterborough Sports Parkway 4; Whittlesey United 1 Coates Athletic 5. Division One – Ketton 2 Powerleague AFC 1; Peterborough FC Internazionale 0 Netherton United Reserves 2; Riverside Rovers 7 Sawtry 1; Stilton United 2 Thorney 1.

Boston & District League: Premier Division – Freiston 1 Tavern Colts 8; Spilsby Town 3 Wyberton 3. Division One – Mareham United 3 Fishtoft 3; Wainfleet United 5 Spalding Harriers 2. Division Two – Fishtoft Reserves 4 Westside Rangers 6; Nelson 2 Tydd St Mary 4; Tavern Colts Reserves 3 Freiston Reserves 3; Wrangle United 6 FC Kirton 1. Division Three – FC Hammers 2 Queens Rangers 1; Friskney 1 Spalding Harriers Reserves 1; Swineshead Reserves 1 Kirton Town Reserves 0.