TIGERS: Holbeach happy to have points on the board

Flying high: Holbeach couldn't be in a better position going into 2013. Photo by TIM WILSON
Flying high: Holbeach couldn't be in a better position going into 2013. Photo by TIM WILSON
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KEMPSTON ROVERS 2 HOLBEACH UNITED 4: Relentless league leaders Holbeach end the year a huge 15 points clear of the pack after a ‘T-total’ showing at bogey side Kempston on Saturday.

The three-pronged attack of Jason Turner (2), Andrew Tidswell and Tommy Treacher did the damage for the Tigers, who made it 12 wins (all competitions) on the spin in the process.

Although chief title rivals Quorn, St Ives Town and Spalding United all have four games in hand on the leaders, Holbeach chief John Chand insists he’d not swap their position with anyone.

He said: “Of course, the likes of St Ives will be much closer to us if they win all of their games in hand, but it’s psychologically good to have the points on the board.

“We’ve been fortunate to get games on – and win them – over the past few weeks, while others have had their matches called off.

“We’ve now got just 15 games left and if we win most of them we should be champions. I’m not saying we’ll go unbeaten for the rest of the season, but we can tick the games off now.

“Saturday was a good win. It was nice to see all three strikers get a goal, but a shame to concede two goals in a match – that’s not like us. Their first goal was very dubious, mind.”

Much like their Boxing Day win over Spalding, the Tigers had to contend with a soaking wet pitch against a Kempston side that did the double over them last season.

But Holbeach didn’t let the conditions bother them and produced a devastating first-half display.

They took the lead on ten minutes, when a surging run by skipper Jamie Stevens was ended with a foul in the penalty box. That allowed Tidswell to step up and bury his 23rd league goal of the season – more than anyone else so far this campaign.

It was 2-0 five minutes later when Mitch Griffiths headed a Tidswell free kick onto the post, with Turner on hand to bury his first for the club from the rebound.

Ex-King’s Lynn Town ace Turner then doubled his money on 22 minutes, heading home from a Griffiths cross.

After the interval the striker had two chances to wrap up his hat-trick before being replaced by Treacher – who himself needed just four minutes to make the points safe with number four.

Josh Bamford (70) and Ash Windridge (89) pulled two goals back for the hosts, but it couldn’t dampen Holbeach’s new year celebrations.

Tigers: Emery, Flack, Parker, Smith, Stevens, Allen (Rocco 75), Toyne, Hughes, Griffiths, Tidswell (Harrold 70), Turner (Treacher 60). Not used: Overton, Brown.

Saturday: Cogenhoe United v Holbeach United (3pm).