FOOTBALL: Glen salutes five-star Tigers

EARLY DOUBLE: Tom Waumsley (left) made it three goals in two games for the Tigers with a first-half brace.
EARLY DOUBLE: Tom Waumsley (left) made it three goals in two games for the Tigers with a first-half brace.
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HOLBEACH UNITED 5 SILEBY RANGERS 2: Holbeach’s encouraging start to the UCL Premier Division campaign continued as fortress Carter’s Park served up a third successive win.

Tom Waumsley (2), Chris Shipley, Tom Sergeant and Curt Yeatman all netted as the top flight champions smashed five against the Division One winners.

Having lost the majority of last year’s double-winning squad over the summer, tough times had been predicted for the Tigers. But it’s now three wins from four matches for new boss Glen Maddison – and he’s liking what he’s seeing from his new-look side.

“I thought we played really well in spells,” said the ex-Sleaford Town supremo. “Sileby are a very good footballing side, perhaps the best we’ve played yet in terms of their passing and movement.

“If I’m honest, I was perhaps a little critical of the boys at half time looking back.

“We made a few changes and I think they worked well – especially Chris Shipley, who was man of the match in my opinion. All of the lads that came in did well and the squad is shaping up nicely.

“We’ve got some tough games coming up, but I couldn’t really have asked for a better start to the season.”

Last week’s FA Cup hero Waumsley was one of the players to be handed a start – and it didn’t take long for him to deliver the goods.

The ex-Bourne Town striker met a cross from the recalled Andy Law from close range to open the scoring on four minutes.

Sileby hit back four minutes later when Dean Ainsworth levelled, but the Tigers flexed their muscles with three goals in a super eight-minute spell.

That man Waumsley bagged his second on 31 minutes, before Shipley marked his first competitive start for Holbeach with his first goal, burying a great header from another Law cross.

Winger Sergeant then got in on the act, cutting inside his man superbly before crashing home his maiden goal for the club.

Ryan Edwards scrambled home Sileby’s second right on half time, but the Tigers controlled the second period and put the game to bed when Yeatman rifled home a deflected 20-yard drive six minutes from time.

Next up for the Tigers is a trip to Peterborough Northern Star on Wednesday (7.45pm), with Yeatman the only absentee.

Tigers: Overton, Murrell, Johnson, Sturman, Braithwaite, Beauchamp, Sergeant (Ogden 70), Shipley, Waumsley, Hollingworth (Yeatman 75), Law (Reeson 65). Not used: Tunstall, Warfield.