Tommy Treacher fired a decisive first-half double to guide Holbeach United to a 3-1 UCL Premier Division win over Newport Pagnell Town on Saturday – but few other games beat the weather.
The Carter’s Park clash was the only UCL Premier Division game to go ahead, with Spalding United’s trip to Kempston Rovers and Deeping Rangers’ derby at Wisbech Town among the matches postponed after the recent rain.
Holbeach’s surface passed a 10am pitch inspection, much to the delighted of boss Glen Maddison – who secured the signing of ex-Boston United midfielder James Reed on the morning of the match.
With the wind behind them in the first half, the Tigers wasted little time in hammering home their advantage and took the lead on four minutes.
Treacher capitalised on a slip from Paul Lyon before expertly rounding Josh McAdoo and slotting home left-footed from a far from straightforward angle.
It was 2-0 ten minutes later when a Treacher cross was handled in the penalty box. The captain grabbed the ball and smashed his second of the afternoon into the bottom left corner.
Andy Law then played a cracking pass through for Adam Rothery to dink an outside of the foot effort over McAdoo and into the far corner to make it 3-0 on the 20 minute mark.
Darren Frost did pull one back for Pagnell on 24 minutes with a crisp low drive, but in truth the visitors struggled to get out of their own half against a pretty unforgiving wind.
The second period was pretty unremarkable, as the Tigers dug in to defend their lead. There was a big injury blow for the hosts on the hour, though, as the impressive Chris Shipley appeared to pull his hamstring.
However, the main talking point saw promising 16-year-old Jordan Keeble handed a much-anticipated debut five minutes minutes from time. He almost capped the occasion with a goal too, but lobbed a decent effort just wide in the closing stages.
The win moves Maddison’s men up to ninth in the table, just two points off seventh-placed Wisbech with 11 games to go.
Only one game was played in UCL Division One, with leaders Oadby Town 9-0 winners over Irchester United. Bourne Town’s home clash with Eynesbury Rovers was postponed.
A few more matches were played in the ChromaSport Peterborough and District League, however.
In Division One, Long Sutton Athletic held leaders Langtoft United to a 3-3 draw – a result that bodes well for title hopefuls Holbeach United Reserves.
The Tigers’ second string were on PFA Challenge Cup duty, romping to a 5-0 triumph at Peterborough Rovers.
Meanwhile, Sutton Bridge United cruised to an 8-3 Spalding Inter Services Trophy victory over Crowland Town Reserves. Jake Lally led the way with a hat-trick, while Nick Reims (2), Matt Eaton, Scott Roberts and James also notched.
More football in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.
• UCL Premier Division: Holbeach Utd 3 Newport Pagell 1.
• UCL Division One: Oadby Town 9 Irchester Utd 0.
• ChromaSport Peterborough League: Premier Division: Oakham United 0 Netherton United 3; Stilton United 1 Peterborough ICA Sports 2.
Division One: AFC Stanground 1 Ketton 1; Langtoft United 3 Long Sutton Athletic 3.
Division Two: Long Sutton Athletic Res 1 Guyhirn 6.
Division Three: Netherton United A 7 Farcet United Reserves 0; Thorney Reserves 1 Wittering 5.
Division Four: Baston Res 8 Ryhall United A 5; Pinchbeck United A 1 Tydd St Mary 4.
Division Five: Bretton North End 5 Powerleague FC 4.
PFA Challenge Cup: Peterborough Rovers 0 Holbeach United Reserves 5.
• Spalding Inter Services Trophy: Crowland Town Res 3 Sutton Bridge Utd 8.
• Boston & Distict League: Premier Division: Old Doningtonians 3 Pointon 3; Old Leake 2 Mareham Utd 3; Swineshead 1 Wyberton 1.
Division One: Coningsby 3 Rippingale & Folkingham 0.
Division Two: Mareham Utd Res 3 Friskney 2; Swineshead Res 3 Holbeach Bank 0.
Division Three: Benington Res 5 AFC Tetford 4; Spalding Harriers Res 0 Boston College 5.
Fishtoft Cup: Semi finals: Swineshead Institute 1 Wyberton 1 (3-1 on pens) (game doubled up for Premier Division points).