Boston Town 1 Holbeach United 2
What a magnificent response by Holbeach United.
Knocked out of the FA Cup at home to Boston Town on Saturday, the Tigers showed why they are going to be very difficult to catch at the top of the UCL Premier Division table.
A fifth successive league win produced all the qualities of title contenders.
In the first half they were creative and should have been further in front.
After the break they were resilient and so determined to maintain that 100 per cent record.
Leading by example – just as you would expect from the captain – was Jamie Stevens with special mentions for Danny Spencer and Jake Duffy who were equally outstanding to prevent the Poachers from celebrating another win.
This time Holbeach were not to be denied, even though they again wasted first-half opportunities.
They took the lead through Duffy’s cool finish and it only seemed to be a question of when they would extend the advantage.
But Matty Kennedy made it 1-1 from the penalty spot after Ash Fuller’s foul on Lori Borbely and Boston sensed a repeat of what happened last weekend.
However, on the stroke of half-time, Lee Beeson slotted home a spot-kick after Gary King was fouled by Tim Lowe who was fortunate not to be sent off.
After a brief delay due to floodlight problems, there were few concerns for the Tigers who remained solid.
They could have added to the tally but the second-half performance was still highly impressive.
4-4-2: Zand; Lambley, Nuttell, Lowe, Kennedy; Borbely, Mitchell (sub Zuerner 81 mins), Charlesworth, Eyett; Walker (sub Jackson 47 mins), Clare (sub Beck 22 mins). Subs not used: Barrett, Warren.
4-2-3-1: Conroy 7; Allen 7, Stevens 8, Spencer 8, Fuller 7; Duffy 8, Pinner 7; Beeson 7, King 7 (sub Orrey 78 mins), Meade 7 (sub Delahoy 89 mins); Dube 7 (sub Keeble 90 mins). Sub not used: Murrell, Lovelace.
Duffy (19 mins, 0-1); Kennedy pen (38 mins, 1-1); Beeson pen (45 mins, 1-2).
Clare (unsporting behaviour); Walker, Lowe, Duffy, Jackson, Kennedy (fouls).
Jamie Stevens – the skipper led by example with an outstanding display alongside Spencer at the heart of the Tigers’ defence.
Oadby Town (A) – Saturday.