Holbeach United’s glorious FA Cup run came to end despite a battling display in their second quailfying round replay at Worcester City last night (September 29).
The Tigers were beaten 2-0 by opposition who play four divisions above them. Worcester struck twice in the second-half - the second scored by much-travelled professional Deon Burton - to leave Spalding United as the area’s only FA Cup survivor.
Holbeach had earned their replay at the home of Kidderminster Harriers - National North side Worcester’s temporary base - in the most dramatic of circumstances as goalkeeper Ricky Drury had scored a 91st-minute equaliser at Carter’s Park at the weekend (September 26) with a brilliant over-head kick.
Tigers boss Darren Jarvis said: “I’m proud of all the boys and our magnificent supporters. They have been a credit to the club. It’s been a great FA Cup journey. Everyone should be proud of their achievements.”
Spalding are not letting an FA Cup run affect their league form. A 28th-minute strike from Jake Newman secured a 1-0 Evo Stik League Division One South win at Daventry last night, a result that moved ‘The Tulips’ up to eighth place.
Stamford AFC remain next-to-bottom of the Northern Premier Division, but their remarkable run of high-scoring games continued as they battled back from 3-1 down to Sutton Coldfield to earn a 3-3 draw at the Zeeco Stadium.
Dan Clements, Jordan Smith and skipper Richard Jones scored the goals. Jones equalised 10 minutes from time for a Stamford side who are the second top scorers in the division despite their lowly position. The Daniels have scored 28 goals in 10 matches - unfortunately the 38 goals they’ve conceded is the most in the top flight.
In the United Counties League Premier Division Peterborough Northern Star made it two wins out of two since manager Seb Hayes took sole charge of first-team affairs. Star were 3-0 up at half-time against fifth-placed Sleaford at Chestnut Avenue thanks to goals from Jacob Joyce, Craig Smith and a penalty from Hayden Bream.
Star are now 12th, two places and a point behind Wisbech Town who won a decent point at Boston Town last night. Craig Bacon fired Wisbech in front after just seven minutes, but ‘keeper Aaron Butcher was dismissed on 36 minutes after conceding a penalty.
Boston duly equalised from the spot, but couldn’t break through again even though the Fenmen fielded outfield player Stephen Reid in goal. Boston were also reduced to 10 men late in the game.
Yaxley will move up to third place if they win as expected at bottom club Huntingdon tonight.
Second qualifying round replay
Worcester City 2
Holbeach United 0
EVO STIK LEAGUE
Northern Premier Division
Stamford AFC 3 (Clements, Smith, Jones)
Sutton Coldfield 3
Division One South
Daventry Town 0
Spalding United 1 (Newman)
CHROMASPORTS & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE
Boston Town 1
Wisbech Town 1 (Bacon)
Peterborough Northern Star 3 (Joyce, Smith, Bream)
(7.45pm kick off)
Wednesday, September 30
CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE
Huntingdon Town v Yaxley.