Holbeach United are beaten by Long Eaton in the United Counties League Premier Division North
Holbeach United were unable to dent the unblemished record of Long Eaton as a goal at the end of each half accounted for the Tigers at Carter’s Park on Saturday.
The Derbyshire side scored in the final minute of the first period before securing their win with just three minutes of the United Counties League Premier Division North match remaining.
The Tigers had been boosted by the return of several players who had missed the previous week’s goalless draw with Pinchbeck United.
Goalkeeper Rick Drury and skipper Nick Jackson were both back along with Will Barnes, Fraser Bayliss, Stacy Cartwright, Aaron Eyett, Luke Nicholson and Keiran Rose.
New signing Taylor Horne made his second successive start, while Boston United Academy youngsters Macca Burdass and Charlie Earth were both on the substitutes’ bench with the Tigers missing the services of Will Britton, Jordan Elston and Sam Carter.
Long Eaton arrived with a 100 per cent winning record which had seen them keep clean sheets in all of their league matches so far this season.
They had already knocked the Tigers out of the FA Cup after a 4-1 victory last month and went close to opening the scoring early on when Alex Marshall hit the crossbar with a header.
Centre-back Mitchell Robinson was next to rattle the Tigers goal with another header from Keiran Walker’s long throw.
Holbeach’s best opening of the game came towards the end of the first half when Eyett had a free-kick returned back out to him, and his first-time shot went over the bar.
The breakthough then arrived for Long Eaton a minute before the interval as Walker’s long throw again caused havoc in the box, with Micah Jebbison scrambling home from close range.
Holbeach rallied again after the break, and Jackson went close with a header from Eyett’s cross before Bayliss sent in another effort that glanced against the Long Eaton crossbar.
The equaliser proved elusive for the Tigers, and it was Long Eaton who finished the game the strongest and Drury did well to keep out a curling effort from Jebbison.
Danny Gordon then fired in a half-volley which struck the crossbar before the visitors sealed their win with three minutes remaining.
James Shaw’s cross into the box picked out the head of Ben Hutchinson who glanced home past Drury.
The defeat leaves Holbeach still seeking their first victory of the season despite another solid all-round effort from Phil Barnes’ side.
The Tigers boss said: “The players gave us everything again but we do need to start putting some points on the board.
“It’s just not coming at the moment. We again had some half-chances on Saturday and it was an improvement on when we lost there in the FA Cup because we were in the game but we now need to start turning it into points.”
Holbeach: Drury, Nicholson, Wilson, Jackson, Cartwright, Rose, Richardson, Barnes, Horne, Eyett, Bayliss. Subs: Burdass, Earth, Keeble.