NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN 4 HOLBEACH UNITED 1: Tom Sergeant was sent off for the second time in three games as the Tigers crashed to a ninth defeat on the bounce.
Goals from Jamie Nicholls (28) and Joel McCormick (30 & 44) put hosts Pagnell 3-0 ahead at the break in the UCL Premier Division clash on Saturday.
Leigh Overton pulled off a stunning penalty save to deny McCormick a hat-trick early in the second half, before sub Tom Waumsley struck on 54 minutes to give Holbeach hope. But Sergeant was given his marching orders soon after, with the winger kicking out at a Pagnell player following a heavy challenge.
That killed the Tigers’ momentum, allowing Craig Ralph (72) to round off the scoring for the hosts.
Angry boss Glen Maddison said: “We really know how to hit the self destruct button.
“We had about eight decent chances in the first half, but all of a sudden found ourselves 2-0 down. Conceding a third right on half time was just what we didn’t need.
“But ‘Overs’ has pulled off a great penalty save and we had them on the ropes a bit when Tom pulled one back.
“Then Sergeant has killed us with that red. It’s the third time in four matches that we’ve had somebody sent off and it’s just not good enough.
“It was a game we could have won, that’s for sure. We really need to buck our ideas up and have to stop giving silly goals away.”
Tigers: Overton, Sturman, Relf (Law), Smith, Warfield, Shipley (Bishop), Sevilha, Beauchamp, Treacher, Hollingworth (Waumsley), Sergeant. Not used: Murrell.