BOSTON TOWN 0 HOLBEACH UNITED 2 (Tidswell 58 & 69): Andrew Tidswell’s purple patch continued as his second-half double fired the Tigers to a hat-trick of wins over their perennial rivals.
After doing the double over the Poachers in the UCL Premier Division, Tuesday night’s Lincolnshire FA Senior Trophy success at Tattershall Road offers Holbeach a huge chance to reach the final.
John Chand’s men will meet Bourne Town in the semi-finals – a tie in which they’ll be overwhelming favourites. But for now, Chand (pictured) was keen to pay tribute to the progress made by his charges.
A year ago to the very day, the Tigers were crushed 4-0 by Boston in the same competition. Now, they are arguably Lincolnshire’s top side at Step Five level.
“We’re not in the final yet, but have given ourselves every chance,” said Chand. “Once again, we’ve restricted Boston to very few chances and it’s great to have beaten them four times in a row. For a young manager like me, who is just cutting his cloth in the game, it’s nice to beat such a big club.
“The team spirit and togetherness is great. Anybody I bring in from now would have to be pretty special to get a game.”
Holbeach came into the game off the back of two big wins – and they almost made the perfect start. The on-song Tidswell slammed an effort off the inside of Chris Wright’s post within two minutes, but the keeper was lucky to gather the ball after it struck him on the back of the head.
Ash Stevens then thought he’d fired the Tigers into a half-time lead, but his cracking strike was ruled out for offside.
The breakthrough came just before the hour with Tidswell drilling home from the left after a corner had been cleared.
He made the game safe 11 minutes later, dinking superbly past Wright following a neat Luke Kennedy pass. It’s now seven goals in five games for the hitman.
Chand hailed Tidswell’s performance as “outstanding”, but singled out man-of-the-match left back Adam Jackson for equally lavish praise. Both are expected to feature prominently against Irchester United at Carter’s Park on Saturday (3pm).
Suspended skipper Jamie Stevens and midfielder Wes Lewis (unavailable) are the Tigers’ only absentees, while Loz Lambley won’t feature again after being released.
Tigers: Overton, Allen, Jackson, Kennedy (Warfield), B Brown, J Stevens, Flack (Harper), Lewis, Tidswell, A Stevens (Treacher), Griffiths. Not used: Brooks, Keeble.