JOHN Chand has heaped praise on his heroic Holbeach United charges after Tuesday night’s 2-1 derby win over Boston Town.
Ben Brown sunk his old club with a stunning second-half winner for the Tigers in a fiery derby on Tuesday night.
The central defender smashed a powerful strike into the top corner at Tattershall Road, securing Holbeach their first UCL Premier Division win of the season.
Ashley Stevens had given Chand’s Tigers the perfect start with a close-range opener, before Boston levelled through Tom James’ header.
But the pivotal moment of the game arrived on 20 minutes, with Town striker Danny Matson – who turned down Holbeach over the summer – sent off for elbowing Jamie Stevens.
An elated Chand felt the red card was key, but praised his side for keeping their cool and playing the game ahead of the occasion.
He said: “It was a typical derby and I told the lads to expect that before the game.
“We knew Matson and a few others would want a scrap and he’s cost them the game by lashing out.
“To be honest we played better on Saturday and lost, but derby games are all about the result.
“It was a heated game but we rose above it. Apart from their goal I can’t remember them having many chances, but we could have had a few more goals.
“I though Ash Stevens was immense up front and Jamie Stevens was rock solid at the back. All of the lads worked their socks off too and we deserved to win.”
After Saturday’s shock 1-0 loss at Kempston, Holbeach couldn’t have asked for a better start.
Paul Goodhand, making his first return to his former stomping ground, saw his dangerous free-kick turned home by the ever-alert Ashley Stevens inside four minutes.
That was Goodhand’s only real involvement in the game, as he was forced off with a serious-looking calf injury. Chand expects him to miss around six weeks.
Boston bounced back within ten minutes with James nodding home instinctively from a powerful – but wayward – Alex Beck strike.
Then came the flashpoint, with Matson getting his marching orders. Holbeach’s Lewis Brooks could have followed for a late challenge, but he escaped with a yellow.
The ten men stuck to their task well until well into the second half, with the game broken up by foul after foul.
But Holbeach refused to let a golden chance to beat their fierce rivals slip through their grasp and re-took the lead on 67 minutes.
The impressive Jamie Stevens pulled the ball back for defensive partner Brown to hammer home from 10 yards.
From then on it was one-way traffic as the Tigers launched wave after wave of attacks.
Ash Stevens had the ball in then net twice when offside, while Tommy Treacher launched a stunning 35-yard drive just over and Luke Kennedy worked Chris Wright with a curling free-kick.
Chand and his charges greeted the final whistle with jubilation as they toasted a second Tattershall Road win on the bounce – but now they must focus on an FA Cup tie with Lincoln Moorlands Railway on Saturday (3pm).
Andrew Tidswell makes a timely return at Carter’s Park, with both Goodhand and crocked skipper Matt Warfield sidelined for the forseeable future.
Boston: Wright, Clancy, Wood, Smith, Foster (Bull), Pinner, James, Beck, Borbely (Ruck), Matson, Parker (Foreman).
Tigers: Overton, Lambley, Jackson, Kennedy, B Brown, J Stevens, Allen (N Brown), Goodhand (Brooks), A Staffieri (Treacher), A Stevens, Griffiths. Not used: G Staffieri, Smith.