JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Back-to-back titles for unbeatable Holbeach

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HOLBEACH UNITED U/12s 2 FLEETWOOD U/12s 1: INVINCIBLE Holbeach made it back-to-back league titles with three games to spare thanks to a pair of wonder goals.

Having won each and every league game in the past two campaigns, the young Tigers have now gone 45 league matches without defeat.

Stefan Gostic and Liam Scales both buried stunning strikes that will live long in the memory, sealing the crown in fitting fashion.

But the Holbeach lads didn’t have thinks all their own way in the clash with Fleetwood. Despite getting off to a bright start, the first half was goalless.

Holbeach showed their class in the second half though, showing some slick passing. Fleetwood’s keeper pulled off some great saves, but Holbeach continued to pressure their opponents and finally broke them down.

Jamal Nyang showed great pace to skin the Fleetwood back four and get a powerful shot off.

His effort was cleared, but the ball fell to Gostic, who fired home one of the best goals this season. With the keeper off his line, Gostic looked up and lofted the ball into the top corner.

With the Tigers 15 minutes away from the title, Fleetwood did their bit to crash the party by getting themselves back into the game with a good goal of their own.

That sprang Holbeach into action again and, after skipper Dan Mason saw a shot was cleared off the line, Liam Scales popped up with one of the best goals he’s ever scored.

The ball dropped out the air and, with his back to goal, striker Scales controlled it with his chest before turning and volleying the ball into the bottom corner.

With the goals so important, both Scales and Gostic shared the man of the match award.

Delighted boss Tommy Gostic said: “To win one league title was great, but winning two in different leagues and back-to-back is brilliant.

“The whole team played their part and words can’t express how I’m feeling.

“The team has done themselves proud and they stuck together all season both on and off the pitch, which has made a big different to the team spirit. It’s easier to build such a great team when you’ve got that.

“That’s why Holbeach under-12s have not been beaten in the league for 45 games and in the last two seasons all games have been won.

“They are just a great bunch of lads and we have a top support from team coach Danny Mason and team trainer Brian Jarvis, who have both been with me from the start.”



DONS delivered a terrific display to sink one of Lincoln’s top under-9 teams on Good Friday.

They immediately asserted themselves in the midfield battle, with Luke Hood, Tyler McKendrick and Harvey Wirkowski giving Ruston no time to settle.

It was no surprise when Mason Shores broke free of his marker to put in a precision cross-field ball for McKendrick to drill Dons ahead.

Ruston were soon level though, notching a penalty to peg the Dons back.

Although Thomas Langford and Michael Baxter were solid at the back, only a super stop from Charlie Rodgers kept the scores level at the break.

There was a familiar theme to Dons’ second goal, as the influential Shores popped up again to lay off another superb pass into McKendrick’s path – and he made no mistake.

David Lowe and Callum Green both played their part in an increasingly impressive team performance and it was Green who secured the win after coming on from the bench.

Hood played the ball through, allowing the substitute to pick out the bottom corner of the net.