UCL Premier Division: Harrowby United 0 Holbeach United 7
Yet again one of football’s cliches was proved to be a load of old nonsense.
If the joint-managers of Holbeach United talk about ‘having no easy games in this league’ then they will be reminded about Tuesday’s trip to the Environcom Stadium.
The Tigers made it look so simple by smashing seven goals past Harrowby United who were lucky that the tally didn’t get into double figures.
This was the perfect response to the disappointment of last weekend’s extra-time defeat in the FA Vase.
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The margin of victory wasn’t really a surprise as Holbeach have only dropped five points in 13 away games this term while Harrowby have now conceded 21 times in just four matches over the past month.
It was all over as a contest before half-time but the Tigers kept going with the bonus of a clean sheet.
Craig Parker opened the floodgates on 16 minutes and added his second after Jake Duffy had doubled the advantage.
Lee Dube - who set up both of Parker’s strikes - took his personal total to five goals in three games with a wonderful effort from the edge of the penalty box.
Substitute Gary King hit the post but in stoppage-time he rolled in the seventh goal.
In between Stacy Cartwright and Matty Nolan converted from close range within a two-minute spell.
There will be much more difficult assignments during Holbeach’s bid to claim pole position.
4-4-2: Drury; Weatherstone, Stubbs, Moore, Clarke; Potts (sub Currall 62 mins), Harper, Bolland, Webb; Shaw, Motson (sub Tittensor 50 mins). Subs not used: Peberdy, Watson, Daykin.
4-4-2: Conroy 7; Anton 8, Brown 8, Cartwright 9, Gibson 8 (sub Nolan 60 mins, 7); Beeson 7 (sub Kirby 50 mins, 7), Duffy 8 (sub King 50 mins, 7), Steadman 8, Parker 8; Dube 8, Clarke 8. Sub not used: Warfield.
Parker (16 mins, 0-1); Duffy (26 mins, 0-2); Parker (35 mins, 0-3); Dube (38 mins, 0-4); Cartwright (64 mins, 0-5); Nolan (66 mins, 0-6); King (90 mins, 0-7).
Stacy Cartwright – key role in keeping a clean sheet, scored the fifth goal and produced an outstanding performance.
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