Tigers leave it late for away win

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UCL Premier Division: Huntingdon Town 2 Holbeach United 3

Another hat-trick, another amazing night and another away win.

It really should have been much more comfortable for Holbeach United.

Yet somehow they left it late to show again that these Tigers will keep fighting to the finish.

In the fourth minute of stoppage-time Lee Dube kept cool to complete his treble and spark wild celebrations.

Overall this was not a very good performance - apart from Dube’s finishing ability.

He fired home inside the near post from the edge of the penalty box on 27 minutes, only for Ben Colmer to level with Huntingdon Town’s first attempt.

Dube doubled his tally three minutes into the second half when Dan Moyes failed to deal with Lee Beeson’s pass and Matty Nolan unselfishly set up his strike partner.

The lead was short-lived again as poor defending from Andrew Buckle’s free-kick allowed Charley Sanders to nod in.

An injury to centre-half Ben Brown led to a change of formation but Holbeach’s frustrations grew over time-wasting and a series of bizarre decisions from the officials.

Despite constant pleas from joint-manager Graham Drury for the team to settle down, it took a while for that to happen.

On 86 minutes it looked as though the Tigers would win it as Dube was brought down by goalkeeper Dan George.

However, stand-in skipper Jamie Clarke blasted the penalty high over the bar and the golden opportunity had gone.

There was still time for Dube to find space behind Moyes and slot into the far corner of the net.

Referee Timothy Doe added another six minutes but Holbeach were not in the mood to throw away their advantage.

HUNTINGDON TOWN

4-4-2: George; Medwynter, Moyes, Newman, Barker (sub Douglas 48 mins); Mann, Buckle, Colmer, Bennett; Sanders, Jones.

HOLBEACH UNITED

4-3-3: Conroy 6; Anton 7, Miller 6, Brown 6 (sub King 66 mins, 6), Parker 6; Beeson 6 (sub Gibson 60 mins, 6), Duffy 7, Warfield 6; Clarke 6 (sub Pinner 90 mins), Nolan 6, Dube 9. Subs not used: Cartwright, Spencer.

REFEREE

Timothy Doe.

GOALS

Dube (27 mins, 0-1); Colmer (34 mins, 1-1); Dube (48 mins, 1-2); Sanders (52 mins, 2-2); Dube (90 mins, 2-3).

BOOKINGS

Gibson, George (fouls); Douglas (unsporting behaviour).

STAR MAN

Lee Dube - who else? Fantastic hat-trick and kept a cool head with late winner.

WHO’S NEXT

Erith & Belvedere (H) - FA Vase fifth round, Saturday.