FOOTBALL: Tigers lose thriller, Tulips grind out point

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HOLBEACH United suffered a 4-3 defeat at lowly Desborough Town on Monday, while Spalding United picked up fine a point at rivals Grantham Town.

In what was something of a basement battle in the UCL Premier Division, the Tigers took a tenth minute lead at Waterworks Field through Lee Orrey.

Ar Tarn levelled through Ryan Gormley (29), but Barrett Steward restored Holbeach’s lead (55). Once again Desborough restored parity through Daniel Kitching’s penalty (67), only for John Chand’s hit back instantly thanks to Mitch Griffiths.

Amazingly Gormley made it 3-3 on 81 minutes, before Griffiths was dismissed following a clash with Dan Rogers.

There was a sting in the tale for the Tigers too, as Kevin Byrne headed a dramatic late winner for the home side - who are now just two points behind Chand’s charges.

Meanwhile, the Tulips bagged themselves a rare point at the Meeres Stadium in a stormy Evo-Stik League First Division South derby.

Both teams had men sent off, with Gary Sucharewycz (Grantham, 59 minutes) and Jon Jones (Tulips, 85) collecting two yellow cards each.

Garath Pritchard went closest for Spalding in the first period, slamming a ninth-minute effort off the post.

It was a similar story at the other end as Sam Purcicoe was denied by the woodwork, before Spalding keeper Jamie Brassington saved superbly from Lee Potts.

The second half proved more of a struggle, with neither side stamping their authority on proceedings.

Spalding will be happier with the point, which sees them move up a place to 20th in the standings.

For full reports and reaction from both games see Thursday’s Spalding Guardian.

Other results (Monday): Evo-Stik 1S - Carlton Town 0 Belper Town 3; Glapwell 3 Kidsgrove Athletic 0; Goole AFC 4 Shepshed Dynamo 1; Leek Town 1 Rushall Olympic 2; Loughborough Dynamo 0 Barwell 3; Newcastle Town 4 Rainworth Miners Welfare 1; Quorn 2 Romulus 3; Stamford 1 Lincoln United 2; Sutton Coldfield Town 3 Market Drayton Town 2.

UCL Prem - Cogenhoe United 1 Peterborough Northern Star 1; Daventry United 3 Irchester United 2; Long Buckby 2 Newport Pagnell Town 3; Northampton Spencer 1 St Neots Town 3; Rothwell Corinthians 2 Boston Town 6.