HOLBEACH UNITED 10 (Tidswell 15, 52, 58 & 61, Kennedy pen 32, N Brown 72, A Stevens 77 & 90, Griffiths 80 & 89)
NORTHAMPTON SPENCER 1
(da Costa 87)
A SIMPLY sensational display saw Holbeach romp to their biggest win in recent memory on Saturday – as they jumped to second in the UCL Premier Division.
Andrew Tidswell buried a fantastic four-goal haul in the Carter’s Park demolition, while Ash Stevens (2), Mitch Griffiths, Luke Kennedy and Nick Brown all got in on the act.
It’s now seven wins on the bounce for John Chand’s red-hot side, who are also still in two cup competitions.
Although the Tigers’ boss admits his side are in a bit of a false position, he reckons his players are in the form of their lives.
He said: “I can’t remember being involved with a better performance than that. 10-1 didn’t flatter us at all and we played some really great stuff. It was particularly pleasing to me that the subs came on and kept up the same level.
“You only have to look at our bench to know we have a great squad. The team spirit here is second to none.
“Obviously Long Buckby should jump back ahead of us, but we’ll enjoy being second.”
The Tigers started like a team in form, with Ben Brown heading a Tidswell corner over inside 60 seconds.
More pressure followed, before that man Tidswell opened his account for the afternoon.
Great feet from the excellent Paul Goodhand released Adam Jackson on the right, who picked out the galloping Tidswell to slide home at the back post.
Ash Stevens was then booked for diving after appearing to be brought down by Spencer keeper Henry Spears.
But Holbeach soon had their penalty after Griffiths was brought down, allowing Kennedy to find the bottom corner.
A sensational Tidswell bicycle kick just missed the top corner before the break – but he was bang on target in the second half, burying three stunning goals in nine minutes.
His second goal was coolness personified, as slotted a Kennedy pass home with ease.
The pick of the bunch was Tidswell’s hat-trick strike, a blockbuster 25-yard effort into the top corner with his left foot.
Not done there, the striker finished off a neat move with a crisp near-post drive.
Sub Nick Brown – on for Tidswell – notched number six with a clinical rebound, before Spears’ save from his strike allowed Ash Stevens to finally got in on the act with a poacher’s finish from close-range.
The ever-impressive Griffths swept home the eighth off the inside of the post ten minutes from time, only for Spencer’s da Costa to ruin Leigh Overton’s hopes of a clean sheet at the other end.
That seemed to spur the Tigers on though, as Griffiths’ Beckham-esque free-kick into the top corner of the net made it 9-1.
There was still time for Ash Stevens to lob home a tenth and round-off the most one-side UCL Premier Division game you’ll ever see.
Tigers: Overton, Newton, Jackson, Kennedy (Lewis 75), B Brown, J Stevens, Flack, Goodhand (Warfield 70), Tidswell (N Brown 64), A Stevens, Griffiths. Not used: Brooks, Allen.
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