MATCH VERDICT: Poor performance from Holbeach United

Tom Gosling
Tom Gosling
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From start to finish, it was a horrible day for Holbeach United.

Indeed it seems unlikely that the afternoon could have been much worse.

A couple of second-half saves from Tigers number one Rick Drury prevented a bigger defeat.

Overall, though, they got what they deserved for a very poor performance.

Quite rightly, manager Tom Roberts was not in the mood to make excuses.

This was simply nowhere near good enough for a team who are looking to challenge for the championship.

Andrew Tidswell

Andrew Tidswell

Holbeach had not played since a home defeat to Yaxley on December 28.

At times they looked like they had never been together on a pitch.

The passing was abysmal, they couldn’t create chances and defensive errors gifted goals to Rothwell Corinthians.

The Northamptonshire side – who finished runners-up in Division One last term – went ahead after only 20 seconds.

Andy White’s angled left-foot drive went past Drury into the far corner and the lethargic response didn’t offer too much hope of a fightback.

It took 10 minutes to go in search of an equaliser. Stacy Cartwright’s long-range shot was parried, Tom Gosling 
missed the rebound and Andrew Tidswell’s follow-up was blocked.

Nick Jackson should have converted a volley from Tidswell’s corner and Aaron Eyett also missed the target.

Drury held onto White’s 25-yard drive before Roberts made a double substitution plus three tactical changes.

The physical approach by Corinthians continued to put them in control.

Dominic Page’s header was held on the line and then Drury made a low stop from White who got free behind Cartwright.

A mistake by Cartwright allowed Wright to make it 2-0 but Gosling immediately replied with a far-post finish.

White came close to his hat-trick by racing past Jamie Stevens and clipping the woodwork.

Eyett was carried off with an ankle injury which led to a red card for Kalon Peniasko.

Surprisingly there had been no cautions previously which might have calmed it down with a series of niggly fouls.

Even against 10 men for nearly 20 minutes including stoppage-time, Holbeach did not look capable of rescuing a point as Tidswell, Gosling and substitute Jack Smith failed to test keeper Liam Waddy.


4-4-2: Drury 7; Worthington 4 (sub Warfield h-t, 5), Stevens 5, N Jackson 5, Cartwright 5; Thomas 5, Pinner 4 (sub Smith h-t, 5), Eyett 5 (sub Dougill 74 mins), Gale 5; Gosling 5, Tidswell 5. Subs not used: Ward, A Jackson.


3-4-1-2: Waddy; Cooper, Henson, Peniasko; T Johnson, B Johnson, Page, Wright (sub Downing 79 mins); Arnold; Plowright, White (sub Scarratt 74 mins). Sub not used: Thorpe.


Timothy Doe.


White (20 secs, 0-1); White (63 mins, 0-2); Gosling (65 mins, 1-2).


Peniasko (serious foul play).


Gosling (foul).




Rick Drury – the keeper could not be blamed for Corinthians’ goals and the defeat might have been even worse as he made a couple of second-half saves. None of the outfield players came close to matching his performance level.


Kirby Muxloe (H) – Saturday.