The Wembley dream is over for Holbeach United as they lost their last-16 tie in the FA Vase to an extra-winner at home to Erith & Belvedere yesterday (February 14).
The Tigers enjoyed the perfect start when Livo Dube lobbed them ahead in the third minute, but the visitors levelled 10 minutes later and took the lead just past the hour mark when Kern Miller out through his own net.
Jake Duffy scored 15 minutes from time to take the tie into extra-time, but it was Erith who found the winning goal in the ninth minute of the first period. Holbeach’s former Posh striker Matt Nolan was red carded late in the final moments.
Erith, who knocked Yaxley out in the previous round, now go on to a quarter-final tie against North Shields, while Holbeach can concentrate on their Chromasport United Counties Premier Division title push.
The Tigers are third, 11 points behind leaders Rushden & Diamonds, but with four matches in hand. Diamonds overcame spirited resistance from Peterborough Northern Star yesterday before scoring twice in the final 20 minutes.
Yaxley are second, but 10 points behind Diamonds, following a 3-0 win over Kempston Rovers at In2itive Park. The Peterborough Telegraph Footballer of the Year Dan Cotton scored twice in the first-half for ‘The Cuckoos’ and Liam Hook wrapped the victory up 12 minutes from time.
Wisbech remain in terrific form. They made it six wins in a row with a 5-0 thrashing of Harrowby United on their own turf to maintain their own outside interest in the title. Tommy Treacher scored one of his two goals in the first minute, while Billy Smith, Luke Wilson and Danny Beaumont also netted.
Mohammed Hamid claimed his first two goals for Deeping Rangers as they won surprisingly easily at Huntingdon. David Burton-Jones also scored twice and prolific marksman Jezz Goldson-Williams claimed the last of four first-half goals in a 5-1 win for the visitors.
Peterborough Sports had moved to the top of Division One after winning at Blackstones on Wednesday (February 11), but their scheduled match at Bugbrooke St Michaels was postponed yesterday enabling hot title favourites Northampton Spencer to take over again at the summit.
Spencer’s result was a good one for the city side though as they beat another promotion candidate Potton 2-1. Spencer have so many games in hand they look certain to finish top leaving Sports fighting with several other sides for the second guaranteed promotion slot.
Northampton ON Chenecks are level on points with Sports after thumping Blackstones 5-0. Blackstones are now without a win in 11 matches. Wellingborough Whitworth are another team with a chance of going up and they won 2-0 at Bourne yesterday.
Stamford’s home jinx at the Zeeco Stadium continued yesterday as visitors Ramsbottom scored late to force a 1-1 draw in the Evo Stik Northern Premier Division.
That was tough on Stamford who had taken the lead when Dan Clements scored his first goal for the club during the opening exchanges. Skipper Richard Jones was harshly shown a red card towards the end of the first-half and top scorer Ryan Robbins saw a second-half penalty saved before Ramsbottom equalised.
It’s two Division One South defeats in a row for Spalding as they lost 2-1 at Mickleover Sports despite taking the lead after 45 seconds through Jamie Stevens.
Dan Woods made it 25 goals for the season for March Town. He scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Sudbury Reserves in Division One of the Thurlow Nunn League. Gerard Evans was sent off for March who are seventh in the table.
Holbeach United 2 (Dube, Duffy), Erith & Belvedere 3
EVO STIK LEAGUE
Northern Premier Division
Stamford 1 (Clements), Ramsbottom United 1.
Division One South
Mickleover Sports 2, Spalding 1 (Stevens)
United Counties League
Rushden & Diamonds 2, Peterborough Northern Star 0.
Harrowby United 0, Wisbech Town 5 (Treacher 2, Smith, Wilson, Beaumont)
Huntingdon Town 1, Deeping Rangers 5 (Hamid 2, Burton-Jones 2, Goldson-Williams)
Yaxley 3 (Cotton 2, Hook), Kempston Rovers 0.
Bourne Town 0, Wellingborough Whitworth 2.
Northampton ON Chenecks 5, Blackstones 0.
Postponed: Bugbrooke St Michaels v Peterborough Sports.
THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
March Town 2 (Woods 2), AFC Sudbury Reserves 1