TIGERS: Wasteful Holbeach endure ‘off day’

RUEFUL: John Chand
RUEFUL: John Chand
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COGENHOE UNITED 2 HOLBEACH UNITED 0: Holbeach’s Compton Park curse continued as they saw their ten-game winning streak smashed by Cogenhoe on Saturday.

The UCL Premier Division leaders remain 15 points clear, but St Ives now have five games in hand on them.

It’s more than a decade since the Tigers won at Cogenhoe, whose smash-and-grab success left boss John Chand feeling rueful.

He said: “We’ve played worse this year and won by three or four goals. It’s disappointing, but we move on.

“Fair play to Cogenhoe, they took their chances well, while we just missed too many.

“I’m not going to shout and scream about it, I’m not one to go out and make big changes after one loss. It was an off day.”

Cogenhoe shook the Tigers by taking the lead after six minutes, Josh Urquart netting following a corner.

It was all Holbeach after that, with Andrew Tidswell firing a shot wide and seeing a shot saved, while Jonny Allen and skipper Jamie Stevens sent headers over.

Tidswell then saw another strike tipped wide on the stroke of half time.

More keeping heroics from Cogenhoe’s James Sterling followed after the break, with Tidswell, Rob Hughes, Andy Toyne and Stevens all having shots saved.

The frustration continued as Craig Parker and Mitch Griffiths blasted a couple of shots over, before a Karl Bates sucker punch (75) rubbed salt into the Holbeach wounds.

Tigers: Emery, Allen, Griffiths, Toyne, Smith (Treacher 71), Stevens, Flack, Hughes, Tidswell, Turner, Parker. Not used: Brown, Jackson, Elston, Overton.

Saturday: Holbeach v Yaxley (3pm).

• The much-anticipated Lincs FA Senior Trophy semi final between Spalding United and Holbeach United will be played on Tuesday, January 29 at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.