TIGERS: Capitulation puts Holbeach deep in mire

Rueful: John Chand
Rueful: John Chand

Holbeach Utd 1 Wellingborough Town 4: JOHN Chand warned his toothless Tigers that they are playing their way into a relegation battle after this home capitulation.

Despite taking the lead with half an hour remaining on Saturday, a whirlwind Wellingborough comeback sentenced Chand’s charges to a startling 16th UCL Premier Division defeat in 23 games.

Ever the optimist, Chand doesn’t believe his side will finish near the drop zone.

But he admits that they are making life difficult for themselves by making a string of elementary errors.

Chand said: “Having taken the lead, it’s hard to believe we lost by such a heavy score.

“You can train and prepare players to the best of your ability, but what you can’t account for are individual errors.

“We were guilty of poor finishing again and made some elementary mistakes in the lead up to their goals.

“It’s imperative that we start winning these kind of games, we’re starting to play ourselves into a relegation battle.

“I’m trying to be loyal to some of the players, but there comes a time when enough is enough.

“The score was an injustice, but we only have ourselves to blame.”

In what was Holbeach’s first Carter’s Park outing of 2011, Jason Turner almost gave the away side the lead inside 60 seconds.

Mitch Griffiths and Barrett Steward both went close at the other end, while Turner went close on two other occasions.

After the break Lee Orrey twice went close for the hosts, before Griffiths opener the scoring with a trademark free-kick on the hour.

However, instead of spurring the Tigers on, the goal proved to be the catalyst for their downfall.

An offside-looking Wayne Richardson levelled the scores instantly to knock any wind out of the home sails.

After Steward missed another decent chance, Turner then fired the Doughboys ahead.

Jonny Allen saw a header well saved before Wellingborough sealed their success.

It was the lively Turner, who wielded the killer blows, notching further goals on 72 and 89 minutes to complete a remarkable hat-trick.

Holbeach now find themselves three points clear of the drop zone having played a game more than chief relegation rivals Desborough Town.

Tigers: Cole, Griffiths, Warfield, Baker, Thompson, Allen, Joof (Smith 82), Lewis, Newton (Broom 77), Orrey (Mowbray 68), Steward.

Saturday - Tigers v S&L Corby (3pm).