MATCH VERDICT: Third successive defeat for Holbeach United

Celebrations for Eynesbury Rovers after Joe Bradbury made it 3-1. Photos by Tim Wilson
Celebrations for Eynesbury Rovers after Joe Bradbury made it 3-1. Photos by Tim Wilson
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It seems unlikely now that Holbeach United can even claim a consolation prize as ‘the best of the rest’.

A third successive defeat sent the Tigers down to sixth spot, having spent all season trying to catch up and hoping to get into the title race.

Tom Roberts saves Lee Bassett's penalty

Tom Roberts saves Lee Bassett's penalty

Although they can still look forward to the Knockout Cup final, Holbeach’s league form must be a concern.

They have not kept a clean sheet in the Premier Division in 16 games since December.

It took three minutes for Eynesbury Rovers to take the lead on Saturday.

Rhys Thorpe ended a spell of 280 minutes without a goal for the Cambridgeshire side.

Nick Jackson on defensive duties

Nick Jackson on defensive duties

Josh Ford had a series of first-half efforts but the Tigers maintained their record of a goal in every game so far in 2016 thanks to Ollie Gale’s equaliser.

Gale found the far corner with a crisp right-foot drive after Ford linked up down the left with Aaron Eyett.

However, in stoppage-time Lee Bassett put Eynesbury 2-1 up with a close-range volley.

Andrew Tidswell came so close to a leveller soon after the break and Nick Jackson’s header was cleared inside the six-yard box.

Aaron Eyett on the attack again

Aaron Eyett on the attack again

Jackson’s trip on Bassett conceded a penalty but the Rovers number nine saw his spot-kick pushed out by Tom Roberts diving to his right.

Five minutes later, though, Roberts could only watch as Joe Bradbury fired past him from the edge of the penalty area.

That sealed Rovers’ victory and lifted them into fourth place above the Tigers.

HOLBEACH UNITED

Holbeach United v Eynesbury Rovers

Holbeach United v Eynesbury Rovers

4-4-2: Roberts 6; Elston 6, Stevens 6, Jackson 6, Cartwright 6; Gale 6 (sub Newcombe 80 mins), Tidswell 6, Warfield 6 (sub Russon 87 mins), Eyett 7; Clitheroe 6 (sub Ward 72 mins), Ford 6. Subs not used: Barnes, Donald.

EYNESBURY ROVERS

4-4-1-1: De Garis; Hickling (sub Freshwater 72 mins), Woodend, J Ducket, Bentley; Thorpe (sub Bannister 68 mins), Bradbury, R Ducket, Ngwala (sub C Inskip 80 mins); Coles; Bassett. Sub not used: Van Berg.

REFEREE

Kevin Saunby.

GOALS

Second-half action at Carter's Park

Second-half action at Carter's Park

Thorpe (3 mins, 0-1); Gale (31 mins, 1-1); Bassett (45 mins, 1-2); Bradbury (82 mins, 1-3).

BOOKING

Jackson (foul).

ATTENDANCE

95

STAR MAN

Aaron Eyett – always looking to create chances on the front foot.

ENTERTAINMENT

★★

WHO’S NEXT

Wisbech Town (A) – Tuesday.