Holbeach Utd 1 Daventry Utd 0: NICK Brown’s late winner fired the resurgent Tigers to a fourth UCL Premier Division win on the bounce.
In a game of few clear-cut chances on Saturday, the midfielder latched onto a Shaun Keeble pass to bury his first Holbeach goal seven minutes from time.
It’s exactly two years since the Tigers reeled off four victories on the trot, making this the best spell of John Chand’s Carter’s Park reign so far.
With survival now all but guaranteed, Chand is targeting a strong finish – although he is not expecting the winning run to extend beyond tonight’s (Tuesday) tough trip to leaders St Neots Town (7.45pm).
He said: “To make it four wins in a row is encouraging.
“Winning, like losing, becomes a habit and I’m glad we’ve turned things around.
“It was a good performance on a hard pitch. To be honest I don’t think Daventry would have scored if we were still playing now.
“If we hadn’t had such an awful start we’d be comfortably in mid-table.
“It was nice for Nick Brown to get a goal, he’s been an absolute revelation since we signed him.
“I always believed that we’d turn it around and it’d be great to keep the run going – although it doesn’t get much harder than St Neots away.
“But nobody expects us to get anything there, so the pressure is off.”
Fresh off the back of their 2-1 success at rivals Boston Town on Tuesday, Holbeach made a pretty slow start as Daventry created a few early chances.
Will Briscoe fired an early shot wide, while keeper Ricky Lovelace was forced to save smartly from Ben Foster.
The Tigers’ first real effort on goal came on 24 minutes, as Barrett Steward’s effort went wide of the post.
More away pressure followed with Briscoe again working the excellent Lovelace and Darren Frost spurning an excellent opportunity.
On the stroke of half time it was Holbeach who went within a whisker of an opener though.
It was Matt O’Halloran, making his home debut, who crashed a super effort off the crossbar.
After the break Daventry were again in the ascendancy, with Briscoe and Foster working Lovelace again.
With the game seemingly drifting towards a stalemate, Brown eventually broke the deadlock on 83 minutes to fire the Tigers up to the lofty heights of 16th place in the standings.
There was another bonus for Holbeach too, with striker Garath Pritchard making his return from injury in the 77th minute.
However, Chand admitted that the hard-working striker felt far from match fit – and he’s unlikely to be involved at St Neots tonight.
Defensive duo Matt Warfield and Mark Thompson could come into the reckoning though.
See Thursday’s Spalding Guardian for a report and reaction from the Hunts Post Community Stadium.
Tigers: Lovelace, Griffiths, Courtley, Elston, Caress, Allen (Broom 89), O’Halloran, Joof, Brown, Treacher (Pritchard 77), Steward (Keeble 63). Not used: Newton, Smith.
• Tonight (Tues) - St Neots v Tigers (7.45pm); Saturday – Long Buckby v Tigers (3pm).