HOLBEACH UNITED 5 (Tidswell 44 & 82, J Stevens 61 &, 85, Jackson 67) THRAPSTON TOWN 0: FIVE was the magic number for the Tigers at Carter’s Park on Saturday.
Andrew Tidswell’s sensational free-kick double and strikes from Jamie Stevens (2) and Adam Jackson earned Holbeach their biggest home win of the season – and sent them flying into the top five of the UCL Premier Division.
But it’s a sign of how far the Tigers have come when boss John Chand can admit it wasn’t a vintage display.
The same can’t be said of Tidswell, who had a hand in four of the five goals.
Chand said: “We struggled to get going in the first half, but it was better once we got the second goal. It wasn’t one of our better performances, but we still played some good stuff.
“Tidswell’s goals were incredible. He’s a great lad to have at the club and his free kicks are devastating.”
It was all one-way traffic at Holbeach, with Ashley Stevens wasting four excellent chances inside half an hour.
The breakthrough finally came just before the break, with Tidswell thumping home from just outside the box. Luke Kennedy sent a penalty wide after the interval, but Jamie Stevens spared his blushes when he nodded home the second from another Tidswell set piece.
The points were then all but sealed when Adam Jackson applied the finishing touches to a lovely move involving Dan Flack and Tommy Treacher.
Tidswell’s second from fully 30 yards eight minutes from time was the pick of the goals.
And there was still time for Jamie Stevens to head his second from that man Tidswell’s corner.
Tigers: Overton, Allen, Jackson, B Brown, J Stevens, Flack (Brooks 75), Kennedy (Warfield 75), Goodhand, Griffiths, Tidswell, A Stevens (Treacher 65). Not used: L Lambley, N Brown.
• HOLBEACH are virtually at full strength for tonight’s Lincs FA Senior Trophy quarter-final at Boston Town (7.45pm).
Only Paul Goodhand misses the Tattershall Road clash, but he is likely to be replaced by the returning Wes Lewis.
UCL Division One minnows Bourne Town await the winners in the last four, so Holbeach have extra incentive to notch a third win over the Poachers this season.
Boss Chand added: “No disrespect to Bourne, but if we beat Boston we should be getting to the final.
“It’d be nice for the lads to have a final to look forward to next year and we’ll be as strong as we can bet on Tuesday.”
Adam Jackson will be involved despite a seven day approach from Deeping, but right back Loz Lambley has been released.
Chand told the Lincolnshire Free Press that Jackson is “not interested” in joining Tuncay Korkmaz’s side, but admitted he’d never stand in the way of any player if they wanted to leave.