St Neots Town 4 Holbeach United 2: TIGERS fans – do you want the good news, or the bad news?
Breaking the negative details first, doubles from Dan Jacob and Stefan Moore helped UCL Premier Division leaders St Neots end Holbeach’s four game winning run on Tuesday night.
But on the plus side, highly-rated hitman Simon Mowbray has decided to commit himself to the Tigers for at least the remainder of the season.
It did look like the Stamford loanee had played his last game for John Chand’s side after his month-long stint at Carter’s Park expired.
Chand made no secret of his desire to keep Mowbray though – and he’s finally got his man.
With that in mind, the Holbeach boss isn’t too downbeat with the Hunts Post Community Stadium loss.
And he feels the big-spending Saints will go on to win the league title.
Chand said: “St Neots are a great club and I think they’ll go on to win the title, so it’s no disgrace to lose to them.
“We gave a good account of ourselves and it would have been closer but for a few individual errors.
“The St Neots fans and staff were very complimentary about us too, which is very encouraging.”
On Mowbray, he added: “He’s happy to come to us for the rest of the season. I’ve spoken to Stamford and he’s now ours when we need him.
“Our attacking options are now pretty strong with Tommy Treacher also on-board.”
Holbeach started well against the promotion-chasing leaders, but an uncharacteristic error from keeper Ricky Lovelace allowed Jacob a simple opener.
Ex-Aston Villa striker Moore then put the game to bed with a second-half double, before the ageless Shaun Keeble headed home a cross.
An offside-looking Jacob made it 4-1 late on, only for Cam Mawer to reduce the arrears again in added time.
The victory took St Neots’ goal difference to an incredible plus 101 for the season – and they are 52 points ahead of Holbeach.
Tigers: Lovelace, Allen, Courtley, Mawer, Smith, Newton, Brown, Kennedy, Smith (Keeble 63), Joof, Treacher. Not used: Steward, Bishop, Elston, Johnson.
Goals: St Neots - Jacob 43 & 85, Moore 61 & 74. Holbeach - Keeble 75, Mawer 90.
• INFLUENTIAL midfielder Wes Lewis returns for Saturday’s trip to Long Buckby (3pm).
Matt O’Halloran, Matt Warfield and Mark Thompson are also back in contention, while defender Jack Smith should also be involved.
The ex-Bourne Town man impressed on his Tuesday night debut.