FOOTBALL: Resurgent Tigers race into top ten

ON-TARGET: Tommy Treacher netted the pick of the goals for Holbeach on Saturday.
ON-TARGET: Tommy Treacher netted the pick of the goals for Holbeach on Saturday.
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LONG BUCKBY 1 HOLBEACH UNITED 4: All four of Holbeach’s strikers found the net at Long Buckby on Saturday to make it three UCL Premier Division wins on the trot for Glen Maddison’s men.

Luke Hollingworth, Tom Waumsley, Tommy Treacher and Ian Dunn delivered the goods at Station Road – firing the Tigers into the top ten in the proccess.

But it was a bizarre red card for home keeper Jack Riley that turned the game on its head on the stroke of half time.

With the hosts leading 1-0 thanks to a 22nd-minute Dan Bucciero strike, Riley appeared to punch Ash Murrell after taking a rountine catch – resulting in a penalty, which Hollingworth duly converted.

The Tigers never looked back, leaving boss Maddison delighted with a first away win since late August.

He said: “We weren’t at our best in the first half, so the red card was a bit of a game changer.

“It was a strange one too – the keeper took the ball well but seemed to land on Ash and punch him. Once it calmed down, it looked like he went to head-butt him too. It was an obvious pen.

“The pitch was incredibly sticky and any more rain would have probably seen the game called off.

“That made it hard to control the game, but I thought the lads were superb and we got the goals when it mattered. We kept plugging away and it was nice to see all of the strikers get a goal.”

Just one point separated the mid-table duo before the clash, but it was the hosts who started much the better.

They got reward for their efforts when Bucciero headed a Nat Liburd cross in off the underside of the bar.

Holbeach had few chances before the penalty incident in the final minute of the half, which Hollingworth buried to make it 1-1 at the break.

The Tigers went ahead for the first time two minutes into the second period when the in-form Waumsley volleyed home an Andy Law cross at the back post.

Not done there, Treacher grabbed the pick of the goals 20 minutes from time when he cut in from the right and fired a cracker past stand-in keeper James Allcock.

Dunn completed the scoring five minutes from time when he got across his man to poke home a Hollingworth delivery.

It was the forward’s first goal since re-joining the Tigers and capped a fine away display ahead of tonight’s derby at Boston Town.

Tigers: Overton, Murrell, Relf, Braithwaite, Shipley, Bishop (Sturman 60), Rothery, Law, Hollingworth, Waumsley (Dunn 78), Treacher (Sevilha 75). Not used: Warfield.