Holbeach United 1 Newport Pagnell Town 5: THREE players were sent off as the Tigers slumped to their biggest home defeat of the season.
Red-hot Darren Dykes inspired title-chasing Pagnell to a crushing Carter’s Park win, firing a hat-trick to take his tally for the season to 30.
That’s only five less than Holbeach have managed in the UCL Premier Division all season, as their winless run stretched to a worrying ten games in all competitions.
In a bad-tempered clash, ex-Tiger Luigi Rocco was dismissed in the first half – despite the substitute not being on the field – while Pagnell also had Richard Armstrong sent off in the first half.
Pete Smith then saw red for the Tigers late on.
Earlier, Holbeach had been bang in the game at 1-1 after a Mitch Griffiths penalty, but the defeat keeps them just one point outside of the drop zone in 19th.
Their boss John Chand said: “We passed the ball around OK, but were totally toothless up front.
“If we’d still been playing now I doubt we’d have scored another. But that’s where we’re at right now sadly.”
Barrett Steward spurned a great early chance for the hosts, before Dykes gave Pagnell a 13th-minute lead following a free kick.
The lead was short-lived, as Lee Orrey was fouled in the box and Griffiths fired home from the spot.
Rocco was bizarrely ordered off soon after, before Vinny Shrieves restored the away lead on 23 minutes.
A long-range Dykes drive made it 3-1, but the Tigers went into the break full of optimism after Pagnell’s Armstrong was given his marching orders for a clash with Omar Joof.
Holbeach failed to break the ten men down though – and when Smith went for an early bath ten minutes from time, the game was up.
To make matters worse, further goals from Jordan Spruce and Dykes heaped on the misery.
Tigers: Cole, Thompson (Elston 54), Broom (Smith 61), Baker, Courtley, Allen, Joof, Lewis, Griffiths, Orrey, Steward (Keeble 61). Not used - Bishop.
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