MATCH VERDICT: No doubts over Dougill as Holbeach United hit four

Josh Ford celebrates the opener. Photos by Steve Relf
Josh Ford celebrates the opener. Photos by Steve Relf
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Dan Dougill deserves extra praise on a special day for Holbeach United.

The talented teenager was the star of the show with a mature performance at the heart of the Tigers’ midfield.

Guided by assistant-boss Andrew Tidswell – who has settled into a ‘quarterback’ role with long-range passing – it was a nice mixture of youth and experience.

Dougill might look to be lightweight in that position – but there is no doubt that he is willing to put in tackles.

With the ball at his feet, he clearly has the ability to pick out a team-mate and retain possession.

What a shame Dougill did not sign off this display with a goal.

Assistant-boss Andrew Tidswell on the attack

Assistant-boss Andrew Tidswell on the attack

A golden opportunity was created on 64 minutes with a clever turn inside the penalty box – but then he blasted high over the bar.

It didn’t really matter as the Tigers were already 3-0 up and cruising to another win.

Dougill’s tutor Tidswell gave a masterclass for his young prodigy with a 20-yard free-kick which flew towards the top corner of the net.

Josh Ford’s double – for the third successive game – and Jake Clitheroe’s header made it comfortable for Holbeach.

Josh Ford

Josh Ford

This was a perfect way to bounce back from the shock sacking of boss Darren Jarvis – although the form has not been an issue anyway.

A fourth consecutive win in the league took advantage of dropped points by the top two teams.

A total of 25 points from 10 home matches is a platform for the Tigers to take into the second half of the season.

This was another case of what might have been even better because Holbeach had enough clear-cut chances to hit double figures.

The only surprise was that it took 20 minutes to break the deadlock against Sileby Rangers who need points at the other end of the table.

Skipper Jamie Stevens’ header was cleared off the line after Ford’s early effort had been tipped over while the striker also nodded off target.

Ford showed strength to hold off a defender from Nick Jackson’s pass and a neat finish put the Tigers ahead.

Clitheroe’s header looped in to double the advantage and Tidswell converted a free-kick in style.

Stevens should have done better with another header while second-half chances were wasted by Tom Gosling, substitute Paul Newcombe, Tidswell and others.

Ford smashed a shot off the bar but within a minute his 25-yard drive bouced inside the post to make it 4-0.

Rick Drury was called into action before the break to deny Leon Simpson and Dylan Wilson. The clean sheet was a bonus in a positive performance all over the pitch.

HOLBEACH UNITED

4-4-2: Drury 7; Worthington 7, Stevens 7 (sub Cartwright 73 mins), Jackson 7, Ward 7; Clitheroe 7 (sub Newcombe 44 mins, 7), Dougill 8, Tidswell 8, Thomas 7; Ford 8, Gosling 7. Subs not used: Warfield, Roberts.

SILEBY RANGERS

4-4-2: Russell; Handley, Cottingham, Bettles, Okanu; Fairlamb, Lafond, Baker, Wilson; McMichael, Simpson. Subs not used: Gyasi, Burgess, Nugent.

REFEREE

Lee Newton.

GOALS

Ford (20 mins, 1-0); Clitheroe (27 mins, 2-0); Tidswell (38 mins, 3-0); Ford (78 mins, 4-0).

BOOKINGS

None.

ATTENDANCE

100

STAR MAN

Dan Dougill – mature display from the teenager in central midfield.

WHO’S NEXT

Wisbech Town (A) – Boxing Day.