SLEAFORD TOWN 0 HOLBEACH UNITED 2 (Toyne 73, Mulready 85): LOAN rangers Andy Toyne and Sam Mulready struck late on Tuesday night to keep Holbeach’s winning start to the new season going at soggy Sleaford.
Although heavy rain blighted the UCL Premier Division derby for large periods, the Tigers found a way to make it three competitive wins on the bounce – and stay second in the embryonic table.
Toyne, signed on a one-month deal from Spalding United, netted his first Holbeach goal with an opportunistic back-post finish from a corner 17 minutes from time, before goal machine Mulready – on a short-term deal from Gainsborough Trinity – clinically took his season’s tally to four in the dying seconds.
Although it was far from a vintage showing, Holbeach boss John Chand was pleased to see his side get the job done against a side he sees a lot of potential in.
Chand said: “It wasn’t great. Nasty weather and a nasty pitch aren’t the best combination.
“I think Sleaford were really up for it in the first half and it showed. We struggled with the surface and they were pretty physical, but when the rain stopped we got on top.
“In the end we deserved it, but I can definitely see them upsetting a few of the big boys this year – especially on their patch.
“It was nice for Andy Toyne to get himself a goal. He’s starting to find his form now, all it needed was a few games. Sam had a frustrating night as we couldn’t get any decent service to him, but when he got his chance he finished it really well.”
Holbeach now turn their attention to the FA Cup, with an away Preliminary Round clash with Kirby Muxloe up next on Saturday (3pm).
Chand admits he knows “next to nothing” about the Midlands Alliance Division One outfit from Leicester, but his side will be going all out to book a clash with Stamford in the next round.
The Tigers welcome back Mitch Griffiths and Jonny Allen to the squad, while left sider Craig Parker is available after finally completing his protracted switch from rivals Boston Town.
A coach for fans is leaving Carter’s Park at 11.30am, with anybody wanting to travel urged to call Chand on 07733 123936 or Tigers Social Club on 01406 424761.
Tigers (v Sleaford): Overton, Flack, Jackson, Toyne (Warfield 87), Brown, Stevens, Tidswell, Lewis, Mulready, Harris (Palmer 65), Treacher (Stupple 65). Not used: Elston, Smith.