Tigers get their claws into the title race

Lee Beeson (left) scored a hat-trick for Holbeach at Cogenhoe.
Lee Beeson (left) scored a hat-trick for Holbeach at Cogenhoe.
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It was the perfect day (December 20) for Holbeach United.

Lee Beeson’s second-half hat-trick - which included another stunning individual effort - ensured ‘The Tigers’ claimed their first win in 12 years at Cogenhoe, while United Countoes Premier Division leaders Rushden & Diamonds were slipping to a shock defeat at Thurnby Nirvana.

Holbeach moved above inactive Yaxley into second place and are now eight points adrift at the top with three games in hand. Holbeach have also been given a warning that their FA Vase last-32 tie at Thurnby in the new year will be a tough assignment.

Wisbech are up to fourth after their last-gasp win against fading Huntingdon. Chris Jones looked to have rescued a point for Huntingdon when cancelling out Matt Lunn’s first-half goal 12 minutes from time, but Danny Beaumont headed an 89th minute winner for Wisbech.

Peterborough Northern Star also required a late goal to see off lowly Harrowby, but it was a special strike when it arrived. Teenage sensation Jordan Macleod supplied it in the 87th minute and it capped a terrific second-half fightback from Star who were 2-0 down at the interval. Michael Mackrell and Dan Banister scored Star’s other goals as the city side moved up to sixth place.

Jez Goldson-Williams bagged a hat-trick as Deeping Rangers saw off Desborough 4-0 at Outgang Road. Jordan Avis claimed the other Deeping goal.

In Division One there was a much-needed win for Peterborough Sports, whose promotion challenge has taken a couple of blows lately. Goals from Andy Boome, Matt Barber and Dan Clements ensured the city side stayed in touch at the top with a 3-0 home win over Woodford United.

Bourne’s improvement continued as a Scott Spearink goal secured a 1-0 win over Rushden & Higham, but Blackstones’ struggles also continued as they went down 4-2 at Rothwell Corinthians. Declan Carr and Addie Staffieri draged Stones back from 3-0 down to 3-2, but Rothwell claimed a fourth goal late on.

Spalding’s superb run of results was extended by a 2-1 Evo Stik Division One South win over Loughborough Dynamo. Mitch Griffiths cracked home a second-half winner after Jack McGovern had fired them ahead early in the second-half.

That’s nine wins out of 10 for Spalding who are fourth in the table with games in hand on the three teams above them.

Stamford suffered a miserable, and long, awayday in Workington going down 2-0 in their Northern Premier Division clash and seeing Josh Moreman sent off after collecting two yellow cards.

Scores

EVO STIK LEAGUE

Northern Premier Division

Workington 2, Stamford 0.

Division One South

Spalding 2 (McGovern, Griffiths), Loughborough Dynamo 1

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

Division One

Postponed: Team Bury v March Town.

UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE

Premier Division

Cogenhoe 0, Holbeach 3 (Beeson 3).

Deeping Rangers 4 (Goldson-Williams, Avis), Desborough 0

Peterborough Northern Star 3 (Mackrell, Banister, Macleod), Harrowby 2

Wisbech 2 (Lunn, Beaumont). Huntingdon 1 (Jones).

Division One

Bourne 1 (Spearink), Rushden & Higham 0.

Peterborough Sports 3 (Bbome, Barber, Clements), Woodford 0.

Rothwell Corinthians 4, Blackstones 2 (Carr, Staffieri).