TIGERS: Curse strikes Chand as Holbeach blown away

UCL Premier Division Football. 'Cogenhoe United V Holbeach United, football action.
UCL Premier Division Football. 'Cogenhoe United V Holbeach United, football action.
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COGENHOE UNITED 2 (Taylor 10, Heavey 24) HOLBEACH UNITED 1 (Tidswell 72): THE manager-of-the-month curse hit John Chand and Holbeach on Saturday as their five-match winning streak was blown away.

Named the UCL’s top boss for February on Friday, Chand saw his charges fail to deal with the considerable elements at blustery Compton Park.

An uncharacteristic blunder from keeper Leigh Overton allowed Alfie Taylor to fire Cogenhoe ahead on ten minutes, with Sam Heavey doubling the lead before the break.

A half-time rocket from Chand was the catalyst for a much-improved second period, but Andrew’s Tidswell’s 26th goal of the season was all they had to show for their efforts.

Although Holbeach stay third, both St Ives and Peterborough Northern Star now have five games in hand on them.

“As always, it was very difficult for us at Cogenhoe,” admitted Chand. “The wind was up and the pitch was bobbly, it just doesn’t suit us at all.

“Leigh’s made a bad mistake and individual errors cost you, but he’s been excellent and it’s rare he lets us down.

“We missed plenty of chances at the other end too, the finishing has to improve.

“We’ve had a great run but it’s obviously disappointing to lose. I felt we deserved a draw.

“I expect a reaction from the lads after this.”

After starting well, the Tigers found themselves behind when Taylor’s speculative effort from distance squirmed under the body of Overton and trickled over the line.

It got worse mid-way through the opening period, Heavey doubling the Cooks’ advantage.

Tidswell and Ash Stevens both worked the Cogenhoe keeper before the interval, with the latter spurning four other decent chances before being replaced by Tommy Treacher on 65 minutes.

Leading scorer Tidswell had another effort tipped over moments before cutting the deficit with a clinical finish from Treacher’s pass.

Both Matt Warfield and Dan Flack went close late on, but they couldn’t find a leveller – sentencing Holbeach to only a second loss of 2012.

With Wes Lewis out for a considerable period, Chand has swooped to add ex-Hitchin skipper Derwayne Stupple to his ranks. The former Bedford Town midfielder is described as “ultra fit” by Chand and could debut at Wellingborough on Saturday.

Tigers: Overton, Allen, Jackson, Brown (Goodhand 72), J Stevens, Flack, Kennedy, Warfield, Griffiths, Tidswell, A Stevens (Treacher 65).

Saturday: Wellingborough v Tigers (3pm).