HOLBEACH UNITED U/11s 13 HUNGATE ROVERS U/11s 3: MANAGER Marcus Holcombe celebrated his birthday in style as Holbeach recorded their biggest ever win.
Liam Sandall tormented the Hungate defence early on, scoring a hat-trick inside the first 15 minutes,
Harry Collishaw pounced for the fourth, before a fine run and finish from Lewis Turner made it 5-0 – only for Hungate to pull three back before the break.
Holbeach quickly restored their five-goal cushion with another brace from Sandall and Turner’s second, while Collishaw and new signing Harry Machin brought up double figures.
Machin got his second, Collishaw completed his treble and Louis Preston added his first for the club as the young Tigers ran out impressive winners.
SPALDING ATHLETIC U/18s 5
RYHALL UNITED U/18s 0
ATHLETIC opened their season with an impressive five-star performance.
Spalding dominated the match from the start, with Jack Bettinson opening the scoring after ten minutes.
A second goal followed shortly after, with a neat chip over the Ryhall keeper from Ben Peppercorn.
Nathaniel Martin made it three 15 minutes into the second period with a spectacular shot from 30 yards, before another goal from Bettinson and one more from Sam Howell completed the scoring.
Ryhall went close on several occasions, but could get no consolation from the dominant Spalding team.
HOLBEACH YELLOW U/16s 6
REFLEY U/16s 0
YELLOW fired six in this pre-season clash.
Tom Coote tucked away Matt Rose’s cross to give the home side a deserved lead, before Craig Weightman slid home the second from George Stainfield’s pass.
Coote and Weightman were on target again before the interval to make it 4-0.
Holbeach finished the game off with two late goals, as Stainfield rode three challenges before beating the onrushing keeper and Coote lobbed the keeper to complete his hat-trick.
HOLBEACH UNITED U/15s 5
WHITTLESEY ‘A’ U/15s 6
HOLBEACH came off second best in a dramatic goal-fest played in gusty winds.
Baines opened the scoring for Holbeach, but two away goals put Whittlesey ahead before Lachasseigne headed the Tigers level to close out the first half.
Billows fired one in soon after the restart following good work from Uglow, before Whittlesey hit four breakaway in ten minutes.
Holbeach never let their heads drop and created a thrilling final five minutes when Pilarz and Baines finished off good moves by the midfielders.
SLEAFORD U/14s 1
YOUNG DONS U/14s 3
DONS cruised to victory in their second game of the season.
Played in very blustery conditions, Dons struck first when Billy Bristow got on the end of a free kick to slide the ball past the advancing keeper for the only goal of the first period.
In the second half it was Dons’ turn to defend against a strong wind and Sleaford kept pushing forwards. However, it was Dons that struck again when Ashley Sandall picked the ball up in his own half and ran 60 yards to slide it past the keeper.
Sam Smith made it three after Bristow’s strike was saved, but, although Sleaford got one back when they scored direct from a corner late on, Dons held on.
Man of the match: Ryan Plant
CLENCHWARTON U/12s 2
PINCHBECK UNITED U/12s 4
PINCHBECK saw off a strong Clenchwarton side in their final game before the start of the league campaign.
It wasn’t long before a clever assist from Tom Hebblewhite set Jack Brown free on goal to slot in number one.
Soon after Brown received the ball on the edge of the box, calmly rounded the keeper and placed the ball in the net for number two.
Pinchbeck were now playing with real flair and a clinical pass from William Reith-Hurd allowed Elliot Ramsden to cross for Dan Gildon to tap in for 3-0.
The home side pulled two back after the interval, but Hebblewhite drilled home a late fourth to secure Pinchbeck the win.
GREEN BANK U/12s 0
HOLBEACH UNITED U/12s 13
HUNGRY Holbeach made the perfect start to life in the Mid Lincs League as 13 proved to be their lucky number.
The first half belonged to skipper Danny Mason, who helped himself to four of their five goals.
Jamal Nyang got the young Tigers off the mark with a fine finish, before the Mason show began. The first was a tap in, the second a clinical strike after Stefan Gostic’s through ball and his hat-trick strike a sweet effort after smart play from Brandon England.
His fourth was the pick of the bunch though, as he run 20 yards with the ball before smashing home.
After the break, Gostic (2), Joe Fowler and Lawrence put Holbeach further in command.
Liam Scales (2) and Rajan completed the scoring in a display described as “perfect” by boss Tommy Gostic.
SPALDING ATHLETIC U/11s 1
HAMPTON U/11s 1
A LAST-GASP Hampton leveller denied Athletic the points.
The first half was fairly even but it was Spalding that took the lead. A fierce long range effort from Charlie Ford was only parried by the keeper, allowing Alex Richardson to fire home.
Hampton had their chances, but were kept out by Brad Waters, Luke Williamson and Harry Burchnall.
But Hampton’s persistence finally paid off in the dying seconds when a corner was deflected into his own net by a Spalding player.
HOLBEACH UNITED U/10s 10
BOSTON UNITED DSS U/10s 0
CAMERON Oko helped himself to four goals as the young Tigers enjoyed an emphatic start to the season.
Holbeach made a great start, as Oko headed home a fantastic cross from Mikey Bailey and then doubled the advantage after a Billy Barnes pass.
Goal machine Oko then wrapped up his hat-trick, before Ewan McCracken and Bailey grabbed one each before the break.
The goals continued to flow after the break as Lewis Curson, Joseph Rickerby and Oko made it 8-0, before McCracken got his second and Barnes completed the scoring from a corner.
CLENCHWARTON U/9s 0
HOLBEACH UNITED U/9s 2
ON-SONG Holbeach converted their stunning pre-season form into points as they made a flying start.
The young Tigers won all five of their friendly fixtures, bagging 36 goals in the process.
Last seasons’ top goalscorer James Clark soon got off the mark with a spectacular volley from a great Lewis Collishaw cross.
Although Holbeach continued to pile on the pressure, some great saves from man-of-the-match Jenson Patterson kept them in the game.
But another goal always looked like coming and it was Clark again that kept composed and rifled the ball into the top corner to secure the points.
YOUNG DONS U/9s 2
CLAYTONS U/9s 2
DONS came from behind to earn a draw in an entertaining Mid Lincs League A Division clash.
Luke Hood headed Dons ahead from a Tyler Mckendrick cross, but only some smart saves from Charlie Rodgers limited Claytons to a single goal before the break.
Claytons then went ahead in the second period before Dons missed a penalty. However, Hood again ghosted in between defenders from a Dons throw to secure a share of the spoils late on.
HOLBEACH UNITED U/7s 9
CHATTERIS U/7s 2
AFTER just 12 weeks together the young Tigers put in a fantastic team performance in their first full game.
In a match played in the real spirit of the game, Holbeach were 3-1 up at half time with an own goal added to by strikes from Nyall Wilson and Freddie Wheatley.
After the break Holbeach continued to control the game and scored six more goals courtesy of Wheatley (2), William Moxon (2), Oliver Ebbage and Wilson. Chatteris scored their second midway through the half.