HOLBEACH UNITED 4 QUORN 1: John Chand admitted that the UCL Premier Division title race is down to three teams after seeing his side ease past fourth-placed Quorn on Saturday.
Leading scorer Andrew Tidswell took his tally for the season to 27 with a double (48 & 56), while Tommy Treacher (8) and Craig Parker (81) also got in on the act as Holbeach kept their 14-point lead at the top intact.
Quorn briefly levelled through Liam Turner (41), but Chand doesn’t expect the Leicestershire outfit to be trading blows with the Tigers, St Ives Town and Spalding United come the end of the season.
“I think it’s a three-horse race now,” said Chand, whose team remain on-course for a treble. “Quorn play good football, but they’re not as strong as they were at the start of the season.
“It was another fairly routine win for us and another game ticked off with just 11 to go in the league now.
“We’ve got a massive game coming up at St Ives now and this result sets us up nicely for it. Obviously they and Spalding have games in hand on us, but I wouldn’t swap our position for anybody elses.”
Leaders Holbeach made the perfect start at Carter’s Park, with Treacher firing home from a Tidswell corner inside ten minutes.
Quorn stunned the hosts with a set-piece goal just before the interval, but a quick-fire Tidswell double early in the second half soon put the game to bed. His second was the pick of the brace, finishing well after a Parker throw was flicked on by Treacher.
There was still time for Parker to round-off the scoring, slotting home after a fine through ball from sub Isaac Jagroop.
Tigers: Emery, Allen, Jackson, Brown, J Stevens, Flack (Griffiths 70), Toyne, Hughes, Parker, Tidswell (Jagroop 73), Treacher (A Stevens 60). Not used: Overton, Smith.
• Sat: St Ives v Holbeach (3pm).
• Holbeach are running a bus service to St Ives on Saturday, leaving Carter’s Park at 11.30am. Call 01406 424761 or 07733 123936 to book your place. See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for a preview to the big clash.