Holbeach go out of FA Cup after home defeat by Sheffield
Holbeach United were their own worst enemies as any chances they had of progress in this season's Emirates FA Cup drained away on a disappointing afternoon at Carter's Park.
The £1,606 in total prize money earned by the Tigers across both extra preliminary and preliminary rounds will come as scant consolation on a day when Northern Premier South East Division side Sheffield were ruthless in taking their chances to score.
In fact, the tie was as good as settled in the first half when Marc Newsham helped himself to a hat-trick, helped by some generous Holbeach defending.
But it was the home side who had the first effort on goal through Jordan Elston who grabbed his chance to make a case for keeping hold of the number seven shirt with a committed, positive display,
Elston's deflected shot ended up being an easy save for Sheffield goalkeeper Owen Evans as the Tigers' back five seemed to look solid against the Step 4 visitors who will come up against another South Holland side, Spalding United, in early December.
With a quarter of an hour played, Holbeach threatened again when a corner won after good work by Elston was delivered by Luke Wilson, only for Spencer Tinkler to direct his header narrowly wide.
That was all the warning Sheffield needed of their hosts' plans to make cup headlines and after Tinkler's miss, a clearance downfield was picked up by the unmarked Newsham who managed to successfully lob Holbeach goalkeeper Ricky Drury from 25 yards out.
A couple of minutes later, Holbeach should have levelled when a Josh Ford free from just inside the Sheffield half was directed to Joe Smith at the left--hand post and his ball back across goal was narrowly missed by Joe Braithwaite.
But instead of building on their potential to worry Sheffield, Holbeach conceded a second when left back Jamie Green's low cross was glanced home by Newsham.
Ryan Viggars could have added a third seconds later when a swift counter-attack led to him firing across Drury's goal, a deflection helping to keep it out of the home side's goal.
Joe Smith's 20-yarder straight at Sheffield's keeper was the only sight of goal the Tigers had in a worrying spell of failing to hurt the visitors who stretched their lead further when a poor pass was picked up by Newsham who rounded Drury to claim his third goal of the game.
The tie was settled early in the second half when Smith was shown a straight red card for pushing a Sheffield player to the floor and the one-man advantage allowed the visitors to attack at will.
Chances came to Viggars and Newsham while at the other end, Tinkler just failed to get his shot on target from a Tom Smith free kick.
But short of the hour-mark, Sheffield netted a fourth goal when a mistake in the Tigers' defence allowed Viggars to round the keeper and finish coolly.
Apart from a flurry of substitutions, one of which was new Holbeach striker Liam Tunstall who replaced Josh Ford, the only other action of note in the second half was when academy product James Clark came on for Jonny Lockie with 20 minutes to go.
Indeed Clark created for himself the last chance of the game, stealing the ball off a Sheffield defender before striking a low shot which forced a save out of Evans seconds before the start of added-on time.
5-4-1: Drury; Wilson, Braithwaite (sub Dougill, 63 mins), Fairweather, Tinkler, T. Smith; Ford (sub Tunstall, 55 mins), J. Smith, Jackson, Elston; Lockie (sub Clark, 70 mins).Sub not used: Lovelace.
4-3-3: Evans; Burns, Cooksey, Magee, Green; Grayson (sub Roney, 75 mins), Chapman, Prior; Jordan (sub Deakin, sub 63 mins), Newsham (sub Dewberry, sub 60 mins), Viggars.Subs not used: Yates, Ludlam, Wonham, Gashi.
Newsham (16 mins, 0-1); Newsham (26 mins, 0-2); Newsham (41 mins, 0-3); Viggars (59 mins, 0-4).
Dougill (unsporting conduct).
J. Smith (violent conduct).
Jordan Elston - on a day when more experienced Holbeach United players fell short of what the occasion needed, the Tigers' academy product was committed to the cause throughout and was unlucky to not to get on the scoresheet himself.
Boston Town (A) - Tuesday.