UCL Premier Division - Holbeach United 2 Newport Pagnell Town 1
It was all about ending a bad run of results for Holbeach United.
The performance would be nowhere near as important as picking up three points.
Actually the display was positive and the Tigers got their rewards – even though they were holding on towards the end.
It should have been much more comfortable overall.
But any anxiety would be perfectly understandable as Holbeach have gone through a horrible spell.
The first home game in charge for boss Darren Jarvis and assistant Tom Roberts simply had to be won.
By the half-hour mark it was 2-0 and the Tigers looked in control.
There were a few nerves after Newport Pagnell Town halved the deficit.
The Swans pushed for an equaliser but still suffered a seventh successive league defeat.
After two draws and three losses, Holbeach returned to winning ways and deservedly so.
From the start it was end-to-end action but the Tigers had more quality to come out on top.
Both players wearing the number nine shirt had clear chances inside the opening five minutes as Josh Crawley and Jamie Clarke were denied by saves.
Another stop from Josh McAdoo – keeping out home debutant Charley Sanders – led to the deadlock being broken on 12 minutes.
Lee Beeson delivered the corner to the far post where Ben Brown nodded the ball back for Jack Smith to head home.
Brown added a goal to that assist in doubling the lead and again Sanders was involved. The striker’s effort was kicked out by McAdoo and the ball went up for Brown to nod in from close range.
Brown was in the right place at the right time at the other end by clearing inside the six-yard box after Nick Conroy parried Dominic Lawless’ drive as Newport Pagnell began to threaten.
After the break Holbeach had a very fortunate escape as Crawley’s cracker from 30 yards crashed off the bar.
Soon afterwards Darryl Smith’s blockbuster flew past Conroy and the Tigers needed to show some of their fighting spirit.
Sanders could have eased any nerves but Holbeach had to hold onto the lead.
Conroy kept out Crawley and, with a three-man attack searching for a late leveller, Lawless looked capable of posing more problems.
However, after more than five minutes of stoppage-time Holbeach could celebrate a hard-earned victory.
They had not made it easy for themselves but Saturday brought back smiles around the club after a tough time.
4-4-2: Conroy 7; Worthington 7, Brown 8, Warfield 7, Cartwright 7 (sub Bull 62 mins, 7); Beeson 7, King 7, Smith 7, Tidswell 7; Clarke 7, Sanders 7. Subs not used: Drury, Guyan.
NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN
4-3-1-2: McAdoo; Pryke, Brady, Thorpe, Mulkern; Parrish (sub Filipiak 89 mins), Smyth, Riley (sub Kotey 76 mins); Smith; Lawless, Crawley.
J Smith (12 mins, 1-0); Brown (30 mins, 2-0); D Smith (56 mins, 2-1).
Warfield, J Smith, D Smith (fouls); Cartwright, Smyth (dissent).
Ben Brown – assist for the opener, scored what proved to be the winner and stood strong to protect the lead when Holbeach came under second-half pressure.
Sleaford Town (H) – Wednesday.