TIGERS: Sleaford stroll moves Holbeach up to fourth

High praise: John Chand has labelled Holbeach new boy Dan Flack a 'top signing.' Photo supplied
High praise: John Chand has labelled Holbeach new boy Dan Flack a 'top signing.' Photo supplied
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SLEAFORD TOWN 0 HOLBEACH UNITED 5 (Tidswell 33, Allen 40, Flack 45, Kennedy pen 48, Goodhand 81): HOLBEACH go into the final month of 2011 in fourth place after demolishing Sleaford on Tuesday.

Andrew Tidswell, Jonny Allen, Dan Flack, Luke Kennedy and Paul Goodhand were all among the goals in a one-sided UCL Premier Division clash at Eslaforde Park, as the Tigers rose to their highest position under John Chand.

Now just six points off the summit – and with leading duo Long Buckby and King’s Lynn Town to play in December – Holbeach are bang in the mix at the business end of the standings.

Despite seeing his side make it five wins on the spin, Chand is refusing to get carried away just yet.

“I know it’s early days,” said the Holbeach boss. “You only have to look at Peterborough Northern Star to see that things can change very quickly at this level.

“That doesn’t mean I’m not incredibly satisfied though.

“We were very comfortable at Sleaford and are on target for the top six, which was our aim at the start of the season.

“The lads have been outstanding. I’d also like to praise Dan Flack, it’s rare that you can sign a player of his calibre from a team playing above you.

“Everyone involved in getting him here should be very pleased with themselves, he’s a top player and has made a massive difference.”

That man Flack was involved with Holbeach’s opening goal. He released Tidswell just past the half hour, allowing the prolific hitman to bury his 15th of the season.

Jonny Allen doubled their money five minutes before the break after turning home Ben Brown’s knock down, before Flack all but ended the game as a contest with a close-range finish on the stroke of half time.

The Tigers wrapped up the points with a Kennedy penalty just after the break, which was won by Tidswell.

And there was still time for Goodhand to notch his first goal since joining the club from Boston Town, with Flack again the architect.

At the other end, keeper Leigh Overton hasn’t conceded a goal in 454 minutes of football. He was last beaten by Newport Pagnell’s Daren Dykes on November 12.

Next up for Holbeach is a trip to S & L Corby on Saturday (3pm). Matt Warfield and Wes Lewis both return.

Tigers: Overton, Allen, Jackson (Brooks), Kennedy, J Stevens, B Brown, Flack, Goodhand, Tidswell (Keeble), A Stevens, Griffiths (N Brown).

• JOHN Chand and everybody involved with Holbeach United would like to extend their best wishes to Pete Cousins. The team hope he gets well soon and look forward to seeing him back at Carter’s Park.