DEEPING RANGERS 1 (Burton-Jones 9) HOLBEACH UNITED 2 (Treacher 14, Tidswell 71): HE may have only turned up at half time, but Andrew Tidswell was the difference maker at Outgang Road on Tuesday night.
The talented striker fired home a simply stunning 30-yard free kick 20 minutes from time, as the Tigers kicked off the defence of their Lincs FA Senior Trophy with another impressive victory over rivals Rangers.
Deeping, beaten for the third time this season by John Chand’s relentless side, had taken an early lead through David Burton-Jones before the ever-improving Tommy Treacher tucked home a neat leveller.
Holbeach chief Chand reckons Tidswell’s winner was the best set play he’s seen – and likened it to a David Beckham special.
“I’ve seen ‘Tids’ score his fair share of them,” beamed Chand. “But this was the best, the way he reversed it was pretty special. I’ve not seen a better one, it was Beckham-eqsue.
“It was another encouraging performance. To beat a top side like Deeping again without a number of key players shows our progress.
“Fans can remember us going there and losing year in, year out. But now we’ve beaten them twice at Outgang Road in a few weeks.”
Looking to set the record straight against the Tigers, Deeping started much the brighter on a horrible evening.
Conditions were tricky for both keepers and Rangers cashed in early, with Burton-Jones sliding home a ninth-minute opener from a dangerous corner.
But the hosts were only ahead for five minutes, as Treacher squeezed home a tidy finish at James Doughty’s near post.
Both sides went incredibly close to going ahead before the interval, with Mitch Griffiths drilling inches wide and Dan Evans rattling a long range scorcher off the bar.
Holbeach slowly took over after the break and went close when Doughty kept out Treacher at the near post.
But the keeper was powerless to deny substitute Tidswell 20 minutes from time. A late arrival due to work commitments, the set piece expert beautifully picked out the top left corner from way out – booking a home tie with either Bourne Town or Blackstones in the quarter-finals.
Before then, Holbeach visit Newport Pagnell on Saturday (3pm) – with Sam Mulready, Craig Parker, Lee Overton, Derwayne Stupple and Wes Lewis all fit to return.
Meanwhile, Chand told the Spalding Guardian that he’s held transfer talks with ex-King’s Lynn Town midfield duo Rob Hughes and Danny White. An offer has been made to unattached White, while discussions with Hughes are at an early stage.
Deeping: Doughty, Lambley, Jackson, Logan, Tinkler, Holt, Deane, Burton-Jones, Evans (Waumsley 80), Heron, Brader. Not used: Beck, Ashton Wheeler.
Tigers: Emery, Allen, Jackson, Brown, Stevens, Smith, Toyne, Griffiths, Treacher (Tidswell 65), Harris (Wilson 81), Flack. Not used: Elston, S Barnes.