HOLBEACH UNITED 2 (Allen 25, Griffiths 80) DAVENTRY UNITED 0: WHISPER it quietly, but Holbeach have cruised under the radar and into the UCL Premier Division’s top six after another routine success.
Clinical finishes in each half from Jonny Allen and Mitch Griffiths fired the Tigers to a third win in seven days – and propelled them above rivals Spalding in the standings.
With games in hand on three of the five teams above them, John Chand’s side can be delighted with their start to the season.
“It was pretty comfortable,” admitted Chand. “You have to be happy with three points and a clean sheet. We’re going along nicely.
“I think they tried to stop us playing a little after we beat them 6-1 last week, which is understandable.
“What I wanted before the game was a good, solid performance – and I think the lads delivered just that.”
In truth, Saturday’s win won’t live long in the memory of the 124 people at Carter’s Park.
But it’s often said that the measure of a good team is winning when they aren’t at their best – and that’s what Holbeach are at this level, a very good team.
Andrew Tidswell rattled the outside of the post early on as the hosts made all the running, before Allen capitalised on a mix-up in the Daventry defence to slot Chand’s men ahead.
It was all Holbeach after the break too, with Tidswell rattling the inside of the post and Griffiths somehow blazing over from close range.
But the second goal finally arrived ten minutes from time. The excellent Lewis Brooks raced clear and rounded visiting keeper Lee Farrow – only for Griffiths to pinch the ball off his toe and fire past the two defenders on the line.
There was a slight worry late on as skipper Jamie Stevens limped off, but it failed to dampen the mood after another strong display.
A minute of silence was held before the game before in honour of the late Freddie Fox, the former Holbeach player, who sadly died last week.
Tigers: J Lambley, L Lambley, Jackson, Kennedy (Warfield 83), Brown, J Stevens (Elston 89), Allen, Brooks, Tidswell, A Stevens (Treacher 53), Griffiths. Not used: Overton, Keeble.
• HOLBEACH will host Pinchbeck United in a practice match tomorrow night (7.45pm).
Chand will use the game to give the likes of Paul Goodhand, Phil Newton, Matt Warfield, Tommy Treacher, Dean Elston and Shaun Keeble some game time ahead of Saturday’s FA Vase clash at Deeping Rangers (3pm).
The fixture will be held at Carter’s Park and is open to the public.