Holbeach United 3 Rothwell Corinthians 1: JOHN Chand urged his side not to get too carried away after they ended a three-month winless run by winning this basement battle.
Holbeach’s UCL Premier Division survival hopes are now looking much brighter after goals from Mark Courtley, Pete Smith and Simon Mowbray fired them four points clear of the drop zone.
Tony Ielapi’s late stunner almost sparked a Corinthians comeback, but the Tigers held on to register their first three point haul since November 20.
Relieved Holbeach boss Chand said: “We put in a fairly decent display and the win does wonders for our survival hopes. But we have to keep our feet on the ground.
“People will say that it’s only Rothwell, but we played really badly over there and only drew 3-3.
“Simon Mowbray and Ashley Caress really put in a good shift, while Ricky Lovelace in goal made a couple of critical saves and his kicking was excellent, which really made a difference.”
Saturday’s Carter’s Park clash was one of just two UCL games to beat the weather at the weekend.
Playing on a boggy surface, new keeper Lovelace – who has been drafted in from Boston League side Benington – made a super save early on to deny Tom Johnson.
The returning Luke Kennedy and on-form striker Shaun Keeble both went close at the other end, before Holbeach got their noses in front.
It came from an unlikley source, as Courtley met a Jonny Allen corner to head home his first goal for the club.
Keeble, Mowbray and Courtley all went close to a second before the break.
Perhaps the pivotal moment of the game arrived shortly after the interval though, as Lovelace made a super save from Liam Richardson.
Moments later, Nick Brown won a penalty for the Tigers and Smith duly dispatched to give the hosts some breathing space.
On-loan striker Mowbray made the game safe soon after, latching on to a Lovelace kick and rounding the keeper for a neat individual finish.
Rothwell replied with a stunning Ielapi effort from distance, but Chand’s men survived a shaky five minute period to register their fifth league win of the campaign.
Tigers: Lovelace, Griffiths, Courtley, Elston, Caress, Allen, Kennedy, Smith (Joof 58), Brown, Keeble (Broom 80), Mowbray. Not used - Baker, Steward, Bishop.
GOALS: Tigers - Courtley 24, Smith pen 54, Mowbray 64. Rothwell - Ielapi 70.
• Saturday - Long Buckby v Tigers (3pm).