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MATCH VERDICT: Holbeach United held at home




Tigers captain Nick Jackson
Tigers captain Nick Jackson

It nearly happened again for Spencer Tinkler.

Eight days after his stoppage-time winner at ON Chenecks, he almost added another two points to Holbeach United’s total.

In the final moments of Saturday’s game at Carter’s Park, Tinkler was on target from Mitch Griffiths’ corner.

However, the header was cleared off the line and the Tigers were forced to settle for a second successive 1-1 draw in front of their own supporters.

There was no doubt that Holbeach had dropped two points against 10-man Wellingborough Town after a controversial penalty.

This time, though, perhaps it wasn’t such a bad result.

Joe Smith
Joe Smith

With so many matches in hand, Leicester Nirvana can lift themselves back into the title race.

This was only their fourth game of 2018, having booked a place in the Knockout Cup final just a few days earlier.

Nirvana had won three out of the previous four away games and averaged three goals on their travels.

They took a point by becoming the first team to score in open play against Holbeach for 435 minutes.

Jordan Nelson found the bottom corner of the net to cancel out substitute Lewis Leckie’s opener.

The Tigers’ top scorer got the final touch to send the ball looping over Nirvana captain Chay Carter – just moments after Joe Smith hit the bar.

Leckie ended his drought dating back to the first game of the new year.

He was sent on following Charley Sanders’ hamstring injury but Holbeach should have been ahead earlier.

Luke Avis was twice denied by Carter while Tinkler also nodded wide.

Despite a positive start, once again Holbeach could not hold onto their lead.

Rick Drury only needed to make a routine save from Shaquille Master just before Nelson’s leveller for Nirvana.

After the interval, James Bessey-Saldanha came so close to putting them ahead.

On the counter-attack, Gurdeep Mudhar was given a golden chance as well – only for Tinkler’s brilliant block to protect a point.

Tinkler nearly won it at the end but the honours were even, leaving Holbeach more frustrated.

Although they will have an opportunity to take top spot, the Tigers look pretty unconvincing.

They certainly need to convert more goal-scoring chances and make life much more comfortable instead of putting themselves under pressure.

HOLBEACH UNITED

4-3-2-1: Drury 6; Harker 6 (sub Bird 68 mins, 6), Braithwaite 7, Cartwright 7, N Jackson 7; Smith 7, Tinkler 8, A Jackson 7; Zuerner 6 (sub Griffiths 55 mins, 7), Avis 7; Sanders (sub Leckie 18 mins, 7).

LEICESTER NIRVANA

4-4-2: Carter; Gore, Juma, L Andersen, Bahrey; Bessey-Saldanha (sub C Andersen 78 mins), Yusuf, Calver, Master (sub Mudhar 53 mins); Nelson, Nassor. Sub not used: Rawle.

REFEREE

Trevor Basker.

GOALS

Leckie (35 mins, 1-0); Nelson (43 mins, 1-1).

BOOKINGS

Leckie, Cartwright, Nassor, Yusuf, C Andersen (foul); Master (dissent); Nelson (failing to retreat 10 yards).

STAR MAN

Spencer Tinkler – key role in front of the back four, brilliant block to protect a point and so close to claiming another stoppage-time winner.

ENTERTAINMENT

★★

WHO’S NEXT

Peterborough Northern Star (A) – Tuesday.



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