TIGERS: Derby delight all but secures survival

Double: Tommy Treacher fired Holbeach to glory at Tattershall Road.
Double: Tommy Treacher fired Holbeach to glory at Tattershall Road.
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Boston Town 1 Holbeach United 2: TOMMY Treacher’s second-half double ended the Tigers’ Boston Town hoodoo on Tuesday night.

Holbeach hadn’t won any of their previous eight visits to Tattershall Road, but this derby success all but secures their UCL Premier Division status.

It’s now three wins on the spin for John Chand’s side, who battled back after Craig Parker’s first-half opener.

Chand lauded the victory as “the best result of his reign” – but is refusing to get carried away with his charges’ recent upturn in form.

He said: “To beat Boston is very, very satisfying – especially given our recent record against them.

“It was a typical derby game really and was intense from start to finish.

“At half time I knew we still had a chance and the lads delivered.

“Personally, this is the most satisfying result since I took over. But I’m happier for all of the fans that have followed us around, finally we’re giving them something to shout about.”

Chand named the same side that beat Irchester 2-0 on Saturday – something of a rarity in his first season at the helm.

But he saw a former Tiger open the scoring late in the first half, as Parker rose to head home from a set piece.

The Holbeach supremo told his charges that they had an extra 30 per cent to give after the break – and boy did they deliver.

Treacher restored parity three minutes into the second period, latching on to a through ball and firing past another ex-Tiger James Doughty.

Wisbech Town loanee Treacher (pictured, left) then doubled his money with 12 minutes left, to fire the Tigers ten points clear of the drop zone and up to the lofty heights of 17th.

With Premier Division status all but secured, Chand and his Tigers can now focus on being a different animal next season.

Tigers: Lovelace, Griffiths, Courtley (Newton 80), Elston, Mawer, Allen, Kennedy, Joof (Mowbray 75), Brown, Treacher, O’Halloran. Not used: Caress, Bishop, Keeble.

• HOLBEACH have a full squad available for Saturday’s home clash with Daventry United (3pm).

Matt Warfield and Mark Thompson could come back into contention, but Chand is likely to stick with the same line-up. Daventry come into the game in fine form, having beaten Deeping Rangers 4-1 on Saturday and Northampton Spencer 3-1 on Tuesday.

Holbeach then make the daunting trip to St Neots on Tuesday (7.45pm).