PETERBOROUGH NS 1 (Furnell 78) HOLBEACH UNITED 3 (Jackson 30, Treacher 58, Tidswell 76): IRRESISTIBLE Holbeach extended their perfect UCL Premier Division record to a magnificent seven on Tuesday night – prompting John Chand to hail his side title contenders.
A late Andrew Tidswell strike rounded off a rare win at Chestnut Avenue, adding to stunning efforts from Adam Jackson and Tommy Treacher earlier in the night.
As the only side with a 100 per cent record in the division, ambitious Tigers chief Chand admits it’s hard not to dream of the title.
“It’s another tough away game crossed off the list,” said the Carter’s Park supremo. “I can’t remember us even taking a point from PNS in my time here.
“They tried to smother us a bit with a 4-5-1 formation – and it worked until Jacko smashed one in.
“It was a different kind of performance, but once again a very pleasing one.
“Obviously we’re looking good with seven wins out of seven. If I can keep this side together, anything is possible for us now.
“That may be out of my hands if teams come in with big money for our players, but hopefully we’ll find a way of keeping everyone.
“A week is a long time in football and things can quickly change, but we’ve certainly put ourselves in the position to challenge.”
With city side Star looking to contain in-form Holbeach, the opening exchanges were nip and tuck.
Lewis Stone flashed one wide for the hosts, before Holbeach hitman Sam Mulready had a goal harshly ruled out after strike partner Treacher was pulled up for alleged pushing.
Justice was done moments later, when Jackson rifled in a goal of the season contender with his trusty left peg from fully 25 yards.
It wasn’t all good news though, as Mulready was forced off with a hamstring problem before the break. It’s likely to rule him out of the next two games.
The points were all but secured two minutes before the hour when Treacher finished off a cracking team move. The striker, described as “Holbeach through and through” by Chand, met a perfect Mitch Griffiths cross with a super header across keeper Nick Conroy and into the top corner.
Substitute Tidswell then made absolutely sure of the points when he turned in number three with his first touch, before Andy Furnell pulled a consolation goal back – despite looking way offside.
That goal, only the fourth the Tigers have conceded in the league, really rankled with Chand.
But it matters little in the grand scheme of things, with Holbeach still two points behind leaders St Ives Town with two games in hand.
Few would bet against the Tigers making it eight wins on the trot at home to struggling Irchester on Saturday (3pm), either.
Tigers: Emery, Flack, Jackson, Stevens, Smith, Stupple, Toyne, Griffiths (Allen 70), Treacher (Tidswell 75), Mulready (Harris 20), Parker. Not used: Brown, Warfield.