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Holbeach United are beaten by Eastwood CFC in the United Counties League Premier Division North




Holbeach were unable to give departing manager Phil Barnes and his assistant Dean Elston a winning send off after a three-goal home reversal against Eastwood on Saturday.

The popular duo had announced during the week that they intended to step down from the Tigers' helm with the club second-from-bottom of the United Counties League Premier Division North table.

The club stalwarts had agreed to continue to take charge of the team until a new appointment is made.

Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52085976)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52085976)

But it was a familiar story of their management tenure as the Tigers again gave their all but ultimately come up short against a tidy Eastwood side.

The visitors made the most of any opportunities presented to them with experienced frontman Liam Hearn hitting two of their goals while Holbeach have now gone six games without scoring.

Outgoing boss Barnes said: "It was very similar to what has happened in the last few weeks.

Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086015)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086015)

"We defend well but then switch off and give a silly goal away and that's happened again.

"We have been a little bit better offensively and got a few shots off, but if you defend well and you're not scoring at the other end then you're always under pressure.

"I thought we were on top for the first half-an-hour and again the players have given us everything.

Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086017)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086017)

"It wasn't how we wanted to finish but I think that at the end of the day we're doing the right thing and hopefully someone can come in and bring a few new faces with them to add to some good players that are already here and take the club forward."

The Tigers had handed a first team debut to centre-half Josh Ling following the double defensive departure of Stacy Cartwright and Luke Wilson.

Reserve team goalkeeper Brad Waters made his second start of the season with regular number one Rick Drury sidelined through injury.

Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086019)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086019)

There was an opening each for either side in the early exchanges with Waters pouncing to gather after a goalmouth scramble which saw Tyrell Shannon-Lewis twice denied.

Nick Jackson then headed goalwards from a free-kick into the visitors' box but young Eastwood goalkeeper Lewis Scott - playing his second game in less than 24 hours after appearing for their youth team on Friday night - showed a safe pair of hands with a posse of home players waiting to pounce on any error.

Scott then provided the assist for Eastwood to break the deadlock midway through the first half as his long clearance was misjudged by the Tigers defence and Hearn took full advantage to break clear and lob home past the advancing Waters.

Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086029)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086029)

The goal took the sting out of the Tigers' early enthusiasm and Eastwood came close to increasing their lead before the break.

Charlie Marzano smashed a fierce shot against the upright before Jackson produced a superb block to deny Hearn from close range.

Waters then pulled off a fantastic fingertip save to thwart Kole Lambert before Aaron Eyett ended the first half action at the other with a first time turn and shot that flew just wide of the Eastwood goal.

Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086031)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086031)

Waters again excelled at the start of the second period with another outstanding save as he tipped away Ellis Evans' deflected strike that was destined for the bottom corner of the home net.

Eastwood then made a double substitution which made an instant impact on proceedings as they scored twice within a couple of minutes to put the contest beyond Holbeach.

Substitute Romello Nangle teed up to Hearn to slot home a fine finish just before the hour mark before he was sent clear to round Waters and score Eastwood's third minutes later.

Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086033)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086033)

Holbeach, to their credit, kept going until the final whistle and substitute Ryan Cook cracked an opportunist effort narrowly over the bar from distance before Waters denied former Grimsby and Lincoln striker Hearn his hat-trick with a tidy block as the marksman again broke clear.

Jordan Keeble was then crowded out as he threatened the visiting goal late on before the final whistle signalled Holbeach's seventh defeat from nine league outings this season.

Holbeach: Waters, Carter, Barnes, Rose (Wirkowski), Ling, Jackson, Williams, Wright, Keeble, Eyett (Cook), Burdass (Richardson). Sub not used: Compton.

Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086056)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086056)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52085978)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52085978)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086058)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086058)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086060)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086060)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086062)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086062)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52085982)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52085982)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086005)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086005)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086009)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086009)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086011)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086011)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086013)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086013)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52085980)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52085980)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086007)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086007)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086023)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086023)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086025)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086025)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086027)
Action from Holbeach's home defeat against Eastwood. Photo: Chris Lowndes (52086027)


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