PETERBOROUGH NORTHERN STAR 2 (Vieira 43 & 70) HOLBEACH UNITED 1 (Allen 55): JOHN Chand has issued a warning to his stuttering Tigers after Avelino Vieira’s double sentenced them to a second UCL Premier Division defeat in three games.
Although Holbeach are still sitting pretty in third place, sloppy individual errors are creeping into their game – and that curse struck again at Chestnut Avenue on Saturday.
Jonny Allen’s second-half leveller looked to have secured the visitors what would have been a deserved point, but Adam Jackson’s error allowed Portuguese ace Vieira to notch a winner for PNS.
Angry Chand reckons his charges have failed to hit top gear in 2012 – and is growing worried at their inability to perform in the big games.
And with the League Cup semi-final and a Lincs Cup final (Tuesday, April 24 at Sincil Bank) on the horizon, the ambitious boss admits nobody is sure of their place in the starting 11.
Chand said: “I don’t want to go over the top about our performance. Neither side played as well as they can, but we’ve gifted them the points.
“If you look at our recent games, we’ve gifted every team at least one goal – and it’s cost us twice now.
“We haven’t played well this year and I can’t really understand why. Maybe the lads think they’ve already done enough this season. Well I can tell you now, they haven’t.
“Three or four of the players seem to think the first part of the season guarantees them a place in the team and indeed the cup final.
“That’s not the case, because they won’t be at the club if they carry on like this. If I have to go out and make major chances, I will.”
Northern Star are one of Holbeach’s main rivals for third place – and they started much the better on Saturday with Matt Cook hitting the crossbar.
At the other end, Andrew Tidswell saw an effort tipped wide and Jamie Stevens had a header cleared off the line, but it was Star who took the lead when Vieira nodded home from a corner.
The Tigers levelled ten minutes into the second period when Allen poked home from a Tidswell corner, but Jackson’s poor header allowed Vieira to nip in and beat Leigh Overton.
Tidswell, Tommy Treacher and Ash Stevens had chances to snatch a point late on, but it was the city side that held on to continue their unbeaten record against Holbeach.
PNS: McShane, Medwynter (Staffieri), Horne, Morris, Cox, Cook, Dean, Nyang, Stead, Vieira, Graham. Not used: Glover, Hook.
Tigers: Overton, Allen, Jackson, Brown (A Stevens), J Stevens, Flack, Kennedy, Griffiths (Treacher), Wilson (Goodhand), Tidswell, Nimmo. Not used: Warfield, Lewis.
• Saturday: Long Buckby v Tigers (3pm).