St Ives Town 6 Holbeach Utd 3: ANOTHER heavy defeat has Holbeach anxiously looking over their shoulders at the UCL Premier Division drop zone.
Leading 3-2 with 15 minutes to play on Tuesday night, the Tigers conspired to ship six for the fourth time this season as their worst run this decade dragged on.
It’s now 11 games and three long months since John Chand’s side last tasted victory – and they find themselves just one point above the relegation trapdoor.
Boss Chand felt his side were hard done by, labelling St Ives’ fourth goal “scandalous” – but admitted his side were guilty of too many individual errors.
He said: “Sam Cole (keeper) made a bad error for their third goal and was then clearly fouled for the fourth, it was a scandalous decision.
“Take away those two incidents and we take something from the game.
“It’s the story of our season. We’ve been on the wrong end of some awful decisions and have made so many basic mistakes.”
Holbeach fell behind on 20 minutes when Chris Hugill lobbed Cole.
Conor Washington made it two soon after, but Mitch Griffiths cut the deficit from the spot before the break.
It got better for Holbeach, as Shaun Keeble levelled with a close range volley shortly after the interval.
Former player/boss Keeble then put Chand’s charges in dreamland with his second on 67 minutes.
That’s how it stayed until the last quarter of an hour, when the Saints smashed four goals to stun the Tigers.
A gaffe by Cole allowed Washington to level, before Hugill bundled home a controversial fourth.
Holbeach heads then dropped, allowing Scott Fielding and Ozie Foster to complete the scoring.
Chand handed debuts to Jon Woolf, signed from Biggleswade Town, and former Grimsby Borough man Nick Brown at Westwood Road.
But he has failed to secure the services of Boston Town striker Liam Nimmo ahead of Saturday’s basement battle with Rothwell Corinthians at Carter’s Park (3pm).
The ex-Holbeach hitman has decided against a return to the club following a seven-day notice of approach – but a deal could be struck in the summer.
Chand added: “At this stage Liam has decided against the move for footballing reasons.
“But we’ll talk again in the summer.”
Holbeach hope to have striker Simon Mowbray available against Rothwell, while skipper Omar Joof, Luke Kennedy, Mark Thompson, Adam Broom and Wes Lewis will all return.
Tigers: Cole, Caress, Courtley, Smith (Steward), Elston, Mawer, Griffiths, Allen, Keeble, Brown, Woolf.
Goals: St Ives - Hugill 20 & 78, Washington 35 & 75, Fielding 83, Foster 90.
Tigers - Griffiths pen 39, Keeble 49 & 67