LONG BUCKBY 0 HOLBEACH UNITED 6: It seems nothing can faze smoking-hot Holbeach in their relentless pursuit of a first UCL Premier Division title since 2003.
The Tigers ruthlessly smashed last year’s winners Long Buckby for six in their own back yard on Saturday, keeping themselves 11 points clear at the top with just four more games left to play.
Ben Brown (9 & 75), Mitch Griffiths (27 & 50), Jason Turner (29) and Jonny Allen (81) all got in on the act at Station Road, as John Chand’s side extended their unbeaten league run to ten games.
With a trip to Yaxley tonight (7.45pm) the next hurdle to clear, Holbeach couldn’t be in better form ahead of their crucial double-header with second placed St Ives Town (Saturday, 3pm and April 23).
Chand, who saw his side make it 20 goals in their last four outings, told the Lincolnshire Free Press that his side are playing without fear.
“Traditionally, we’ve not done very well there,” said the Tigers chief. “I like to call it Long Buckby syndrome – it’s our furthest away game and can be hard for the lads that aren’t starting to get motivated for.
“But we were very clinical. Beating Huntingdon and Spalding so convincingly in our last two games has really lifted the pressure and you can see the belief in the boys. If we can win again at Yaxley, we only really need one more point from our last three games I think. Every time we win, it piles the pressure on St Ives.”
Defender Brown got the rout going with a header from Andrew Tidswell’s corner inside ten minutes.
Winger Griffiths doubled the advantage with a classy chip, before Turner fired the third two minutes later.
Three more goals followed after the break, with Craig Parker laying on a second for the ever-impressive Griffiths.
It was soon 5-0 when Griffiths crossed for Brown to celebrate a rare brace, but the best was saved for last.
The versatile Allen, playing in central midfield this time, waltzed past a host of defenders before firing home.
Meanwhile, Holbeach have completed deals to bring ex-Wisbech Town duo Dubi Ogbonna and Deakan Napier to Carter’s Park for the rest of the season. Chand has moved for the attack-minded pair to provide cover for his growing injury list.
Striker Ogbonna – who has also played for King’s Lynn Town – is perhaps the more high-profile of the pair, having scored goals galore for the Fenmen before moving on to St Neots.
Chand filed paperwork to complete deals for them on Monday, so both could feature at Yaxley tonight if all went to plan.
The Cuckoos were the last team to beat Holbeach, prevailing 1-0 in the League Cup back on March 20.
Tigers: Emery, Flack, Jackson, Brown, Smith, Griffiths, Toyne (Warfield 66), Allen, Parker (Rocco 75), Tidswell (Treacher 66), Turner. Not used: Overton, Elston.