FOOTBALL: Tigers book FA Cup date with Stamford

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KIRBY MUXLOE 0 HOLBEACH UNITED 2 (Tidswell 35 Toyne pen 66): Red-hot Holbeach made it four wins from as many games this season as they breezed into the first qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Goals in each half from Andrew Tidswell and Andy Toyne were enough for the Tigers in Leicestershire, setting up a mouth-watering Carter’s Park clash with Lincolnshire rivals Stamford on September 8.

The victory earns Holbeach a cool £1,750 in prize money – and boss John Chand admits the derby with the Daniels will go down a storm with his club’s loyal band of fans.

“I’ve been eyeing up a game against Stamford since the extra preliminary round,” admitted Chand. “It was always likely we’d play them if we won both of our games and so it has proved.

“I’d imagine there will be a lot of interest locally in that tie. They’d have to be considered favourites, but you never now – and that’s the beauty of the FA Cup.

“We weren’t at our best on Saturday, but to be honest the result was never in doubt.

“We’ve started really well this season, which is always a bonus. But we can’t get complacent.

“I hope the lads continue to buy into our policy of using the squad. We made a few changes to keep things fresh with three big games coming up next week.”

The Tigers went close to taking the lead inside three minutes, when a Jermane Palmer cross was put wide by Tidswell.

Five minutes later Kirby replied with Tom Hill putting a free kick wide – and they had another chance just past the half hour when Aaron Preston put a shot just wide.

However, it was Holbeach who took the lead ten minutes before the break when Tidswell (pictured) netted his second of the season.

The Tigers also had Leigh Overton to thank for their half-time lead, as the ever-impressive keeper pulled off a super stop to deny Tom Hill.

Holbeach asserted themselves much more in the second period and went close when Sam Mulready fired a shot wide, while Tidswell also crashed two efforts just off target.

The second goal finally arrived on 66 minutes when Tidswell was the victim of a horror tackle from Kirby keeper Tom Holyoak inside the box. On-loan midfielder Toyne tucked away the resulting penalty for his second goal in as many games, but Tidswell was unable to continue.

Substitutes Robbie Harris and Tommy Treacher missed chances to make it three in the closing stages, but Holbeach were already home and hosed.

• Tigers: Overton, Flack, Jackson, Brown, Stevens, Stupple, Lewis, Toyne, Tidswell (Harris 67), Mulready (Treacher 79), Palmer (Griffiths 46). Not used: Smith, Allen, Sells, Barwick.

• Sat - Tigers v S & L Corby (3pm); Wed, Sep 5 - Tigers v Blackstones (7.45pm).