ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division - Holbeach United 5 Wellingborough Town 0
This was always likely to be simply a case of how many times Holbeach United would score.
So it proved thanks to a very positive performance from the Tigers which showed the gulf in class.
Jordan Thomas’ double was followed by a hat-trick for Andrew Tidswell but it could have been even worse for Wellingborough Town.
The injury-hit Doughboys could not cope and Holbeach created enough chances to hit double figures.
The result was never going to be in any doubt as Darren Jarvis’ title hopefuls made it 10 league games unbeaten since the opening day of the season.
They made it look easy but it would have been simple to make life much more difficult for themselves.
Jarvis’ pre-match message was all about taking nothing for granted.
The Tigers boss didn’t want to see the standards slip – but he was wrong to suggest there are no easy games.
From the early exchanges, Holbeach were in no mood to offer any possibility of a shock result.
They took control, applied plenty of pressure and knew that goals would come with so much firepower throughout this team.
Strike pair Josh Ford and Tommy Treacher didn’t get on the scoresheet but they both played key roles.
The Tigers didn’t need to show much patience as the deadlock was broken after only 19 minutes.
Tidswell’s corner should have been headed home by Thomas but the ball bounced off the crossbar from close range.
Ollie Pinner won another aerial battle to keep the ball around the six-yard box and Thomas poked it over the line.
Ten minutes later he was in the right place again to take full advantage of a mistake as Wellingborough failed to clear a cross.
Four minutes before half-time Ford set up Tidswell to make it 3-0.
Tidswell wasted a couple of golden chances but he kept cool to eventually double his tally with Ford supplying the assist again.
The hat-trick was sealed by slotting in Treacher’s pass and Tidswell was immediately taken off.
Despite two more efforts, Thomas could not add to his tally and settled for that first-half double.
Holbeach had far too much quality and experience for the Doughboys to be able to handle them all afternoon.
Having seen a number of matches at the Dog & Duck during a long spell living in Northamptonshire, it’s a shame to see Wellingborough fighting for survival. However, at the other end of the table Holbeach march on.
4-4-2: Drury 7; Stevens 7, Cartwright 7, Warfield 7, Jackson 7 (sub Ward 55 mins, 7); King 8, Tidswell 9 (sub Bull 70 mins, 7), Pinner 8, Thomas 8; Ford 8, Treacher 8 (sub Dougill 77 mins). Subs not used: Clitheroe, Roberts.
4-1-4-1: Bellairs; Rich, Spaughton, Murray-Powell, Mortimer; Randall; Stewart (sub Blackwell 47 mins), Pryor, Emery, Uche; Burrows. Subs not used: Goosey, Mitchell.
Thomas (19 mins, 1-0); Thomas (29 mins, 2-0); Tidswell (41 mins, 3-0); Tidswell (62 mins, 4-0); Tidswell (70 mins, 5-0).
Treacher (unsporting behaviour).
Andrew Tidswell – outstanding display from central midfield even before he got on the scoresheet. Kept the Tigers in complete control by pushing forward and offering support. Rewarded with three clinical finishes set up by unselfish play of the front two.
Blackstones (H) – Knockout Cup first round, Wednesday.