Sacked Peterborough Northern Star boss Darren Jarvis is back in the United Counties Premier Division as manager of Holbeach United.
It was a dramatic day (March 7) at Carter’s Park as manager John Chand resigned and was instantly replaced by Jarvis. Chand’s resignation had been in the offing before yesterday’s shock 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Potton in the United Counties League Cup.
Since losing a last-16 tie at home to Erith & Belevedere on February 14, Holbeach had lost a co-boss in Graham Drury and several key players. They filled their team up with ‘borrowed’ players from lower level Wyberyton for yesterday’s game.
Chand said: “We’ve been working hard for three weeks on finding a replacement for me and Darren is one of the best young managers around here. He’s never really been at a football club that supported him, but he has such a club now.”
Jarvis didn’t take his recent dismissal Star at all well. He’d steered them to two cup semi-finals and seventh place in the Premier Division when he was axed. He’ll be pleased to be taking over a side two places and seven points above Star, but Holbeach will need to find players and improve quickly to maintain their current position.
Jarvis, who will be assisted by form Star goalkeeper Tom Roberts, said: “I’m excited about the appointment. Holbeach are one of the few clubs I’d consider managing around here. It’s funny how football works sometimes. A few weeks ago I was hurting after being sacked at Star, but I now couldn’t be happier at how things have turned out.”
Jarvis has a tough start in his new job. Holbeach are away to third-placed Thurnby Nirvana on Tuesday (March 10).
Star are unbeaten since Jarvis left and they’ve reached a Northants County Cup Final. Yesterday they maintained that form with a 4-1 home win over Desborough in the Premier Division thanks to goals from Luke Avis, Phil Stebbing, Jason Kilbride (direct from a 25-yard free kick) and Aaron Warrener. It was Warrener’s first goal for the club.
The result made it six games unbeaten for Star, but that form appears ordinary compared to the amazing run currently being enjoyed by Wisbech Town.
The Fenmen have won their last 12 matches - their best run for 67 years - although they had to be patient at home to Newport Pagnell yesterday. It was the 80th minute before substitute Josh Ford opened the scoring and Tommy Treacher made it 2-0 five minutes later.
Second-placed Wisbech are just four points behind leaders Rushden & Diamonds and they have a game in hand. Wisbech play at Rushden & Diamonds on March 21.
Yaxley are still battling to achieve their highest-ever Premier Division finish of third. That’s the position they currently occupy after Lewis Stone’s early goal sealed a 1-0 win over Boston Town at In2itive Park yesterday.
Goals from Joe Braithwaite and Jezz Goldson-Williams secured a 2-0 win for Deeping Rangers over Huntingdon. Huntingdon have now lost eight games in a row.
Peterborough Sports won the first of seven successive awaydays as they attempt to seal promotion from Division One. Goals from Gary Gibbs, Karl Gibbs and Jonny Stead fired them 3-0 ahead before the break at Olney, but a strong wind at their backs enebled the home side to claw two goals back before the finish.
Sports are top of the table, but are realistically playing for second place and their main rivals for that spot, Lutterworth and Rothwell Corinthians, also won yesterday.
Bourne saw off Burton Park Wanderers 4-2 with goals from Josh Hales, Harley Williams (penalty). Aris Placis and a visiting defender, but Blackstones’ poor form continued with a 2-0 home defeat by Thrapston. That’s 20 defeats for the season for Stones.
There is local interest in two cracking United Counties League Cup ties on Tuesday (March 10). Yaxley host Rushden & Diamonds, while Wisbech entertain Cogenhoe.
Spalding handed a debut start for striker Avelino Vieira - the Peterborough Northern Star top scorer signed for ‘The Tulips’ 24 hours before the game - yesterday but he fired blanks in a 0-0 draw at Stafford Rangers in Division One South of the Evo Stik League.
Spalding dropped two places to sixth as a result of the stalemate.
Stamford’s miserable home form in the Premier Division continued with a 1-0 defeat to Marine, a team that started the day in the bottom four. Stamford have now lost 10 home league matches this season.
March Town striker Ondre Odain went from hero to villain in his team’s 1-0 win at Dereham in Division One of the Thurlow Nunn League. Odain scored the only goal of the game, but was sent off in the last minute for ‘kicking out’ at an opponent.
EVO STIK LEAGUE
Northern Premier Division
Stamford 0, Marine 1
Division One South
Stafford Rangers 0, Spalding 0.
UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE
Holbeach 0, Potton 1
Deeping Rangers 2 (Braithwaite, Goldson-Williams), Huntingdon Town 0
Peterborough Northern Star 4 (Avis, Stebbing, Kilbride, Warrener), Desborough 1
Wisbech Town 2 (Ford, Treacher), Newport Pagnell 0
Yaxley 1 (Stone), Boston Town 0
Blackstones 0, Thrapston 2
Bourne 4 (Hales, Williams, Placis, og), Burton Park Wanderers 2.
Olney 2, Peterborough Sports 3 (G. Gibbs, K. Gibbs, Stead).
THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Downham Town 0, March Town 1 (Odain)
UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE
Yaxley v AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
Wisbech v Cogenhoe.
Boston Town v Peterborough Northern Star.
Deeping Rangers v Sleaford.
Thurnby Nirvana v Holbeach United.
Stewart & Lloyds v Bourne.