NON-LEAGUE/LOCAL FOOTBALL: Seven is far from heaven for troubled Tigers, key wins for Pinchbeck and Whittlesey

Josh Ford was sent off for Holbeach at Leicester Nirvana.

Josh Ford was sent off for Holbeach at Leicester Nirvana.

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Holbeach United are heading into a major cup final in woeful form.

The Tigers made it seven straight defeats in the United Counties Premier Division as they crashed 7-0 at title favourites Leicester Nirvana last night (April 26). Holbeach weren’t helped by straight red card offences in the first half for Josh Ford and Jamie Stevens.

Holbeach have now slipped to seventh in the table with two league games to go. They also face buoyant Division One champions Peterborough Sports in the League Cup Final at Deeping Rangers on Monday (May 2, 3pm).

Wisbech Town are just a place behind Holbeach after winning 3-0 at home to Kirby Muxloe last night. All the goals, from Danny Beaumont, Scott Johnson and Jon Fairweather, arrived in the first-half. Johnson was sent off at the weekend.

Deeping are six games without a win after losing 3-0 at Harrowby United. Michael Goode’s men are down to 10th.

The race for second place in the Peterborough Premier Division behind champions Moulton Harrox remains excitingly close as contenders Pinchbeck United and Whittlesey Athletic recorded 2-0 wins last night.

Pinchbeck were pleased that a squad full of teenagers saw off Leverington with goals from Ash Murrell and Liam Ogden. They are second, but Whittlesey are just a point behind with two games in hand after goals from Matt Heron and Ricky Hailstone were enough to win at Stilton.

ICA Sports won 1-0 at Holbeach Reserves despite having Josh Smith and manager Hamish Curtis dismissed by referee James Truman. Edmilson Fernandes scored the goal.

Thorney also won 1-0 against PFA Senior Cup finalists Langtoft United.

In Division Two there was a surprise set-back for promotion-chasing Spalding Town who went down 2-1 at Crowland Reserves. Spalding are 12 points behind second-placed Glinton & Northborough with four games in hand. Champions Oakham United Reserves drew 3-3 at Ketton Reserves.

And Division Four champions-elect Brotherhood Sports were smashed 8-1 at home by AFC Stanground Reserves. Brotherhoods need three points from four matches to guarantee top spot.

There’s a cup final at Chestnut Avenue tonight (April 27) when Pinchbeck United Reserves take on Spalding United Reserves in the PFA Challenge Cup decider (7.30pm kick off).

RESULTS

Tuesday, April 26

CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE

Premier Division

Harrowby United 3

Deeping Rangers 0

Leicester Nirvana 7

Holbeach United 0

Wisbech Town 3 (Beaumont, Johnson, Fairweather)

Kirby Muxloe 0

CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES PETERBOROUGH LEAGUE

Premier Division

Holbeach United Res 0

ICA Sports 1 (Fernandes)

Pinchbeck United 2 (Murrell, Ogden)

Leverington Sports 0

Stilton United 0

Whittlesey Athletic 2 (Hailstone, Heron).

Thorney 1

Langtoft United 0

Division One

Moulton Harrox Res 1 (Cawthorne)

Sutton Bridge United 1

Division Two

Crowland Town Res 2

Spalding Town 1

Ketton Res 3

Oakham United Res 3

Division Four

Brotherhood Sports 1

AFC Stanground Res 8

Stamford Belvedere Res 0

Rutland DR 3

Warboys Town Res 3 (Moulds 2, Duncan)

Parkside 0

FIXTURES

Wednesday, April 27

CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES PETERBOROUGH LEAGUE

PFA Challenge Cup Final: Pinchbeck United Res v Spalding United Res (7.30pm, Chestnut Ave).

Premier Division : Deeping Rangers Res v Crowland Town.

Division One: Warboys Town v Netherton United Res, Whittlesey Athletic Res v ICA Sports Res.

Division Four: Tydd St Mary Res v Sutton Bridge United Res.