NON-LEAGUE: Tigers title hopes suffer setback

Lee Beeson missed a good chance for Holbeach.
Lee Beeson missed a good chance for Holbeach.
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Holbeach United’s title hopes in the ChromaSport & Trophuies United Counties League Premier Divison suffered a setback last night (November 11) when they lost at home.

The Tigers were beaten 2-1 by Boston Town and it was their first loss since the opening day of the season.

Holbeach had the bulk of the possession but failed to click in front of goal.

James Doughty in the Boston goal saved well from Jake Clitheroe after Jordan Thomas set up the chance with a good run.

It was Boston who grabbed the lead after 17 minutes with a 25-yard chip from Jack Wightwick who had cut in from the left flank.

The visitors survived a couple of Holbeach penalty appeals before the interval.

Lee Beeson missed a good chance at the far post early in the second half while Doughty was quickly off his line to smother at the feet of Andy Tidswell.

Boston doubled their lead on the hour. Aaron Eyett’s corner from the right was cleared back to him and his deep centre was turned back into the danger zone by Richard Ford for Simon Ashton to turn the ball past Rick Drury.

The Tigers were back in the game after 70 minutes when sub Gary King timed his run to the near post to glance in Dan Worthington’s centre.

That was the signal for Holbeach to pile on the pressure. Beeson had a shot deflected wide from a Thomas lay-off and Nick Jackson was thwarted by Doughty who spread himself well to save.

Doughty then saved well from Jamie Stevens after another set piece.

A Boston counter saw Wightwick set up Alex Beck but his shot was straight at Drury.

Holbeach sub Ollie Pinner volleyed over after the Boston defence struggled to deal with a corner and a minute into added time a late challenge saw Pinner dismissed after just seven minutes on the field.

Boston saw out time against their 10-man hosts.

Holbeach are second in the table, 13 points behind Leicester Nirvana but with three games in hand.