ROUND-UP: Tigers almost claim a big kill, Deeping battle back to win, Star strike late again, Stones on a roll

Holbeach United came within four minutes of toppling United Counties Premier Division leaders Leicester Nirvana away from home today (November 4).

Saturday, 4th November 2017, 8:14 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:17 am
Billy Smith (right) scored a great goal for Wisbech against Desborough.

Despite an injury crisis crippling their squad, the Tigers took a 47th-minute lead through a fine header from George Zuerner, but Nirvana found an 86th-minute equaliser to stay top.

The pack are closing in though, Newport Pagnell are second two points behind after coming from behind to beat Yaxley 2-1. Phil Stebbing had shot the Cuckoos in front before Pagnell equalised from the penalty spot.

Third-placed Daventry won 5-1 at Boston Town in the League Cup, which enabled fourth-placed Deeping Rangers to move closer as they were another team to come from behind to win 2-1 at Harborough Town. Dan Flack and Michael Simpson scored for Deeping who are five points off top spot with a game in hand.

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And all should keep an eye out for Wisbech Town who are up to fifth after a 12th game unbeaten under new manager Gary Setchell. Goals from Alex Beck and Billy Smith, who netted with a delightful curling shot, saw off Desborough 2-0 at Fenland Park.

Holbeach are ninth, but with games in hand on everyone above them, while Yaxley are 11th, just ahead of Peterborough Northern Star who claimed a second 2-1 home win in five days today.

St Andrews were the latest victims at the Branch Bros Stadium and for the second game running a late James Hill-Seekings strike sealed the three points. Zak Munton had shot Star into an early lead.

In Division One inactive Pinchbeck United were knocked off top spot by a Raunds win last night (November 3), but Blackstones are up to third after a cosy 2-0 win at lowly Oakham today.

Bourne did Stones a favour by drawing 2-2 at Buckingham, who had started the day in third place, but it should have been an even better result for the Wakes.

The home side had a player dismissed in the first-half before goals from Thomas Cardell and Jezz Goldson-Williams saw the Wakes into a 2-0 lead, but the hosts battled back to grab a point.

There was disappointment for March Town who became only the second team to lose an Eastern Counties Division One match to Cornard. It was 2-2 at the GER with Jack Brand on target for the Hares.

RESULTS

Saturday, November 4

UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE

Premier Division: Harborough Town 1, Deeping Rangers 2 (Flack, Simpson); Leicester Nirvana 1, Holbeach United 1 (Zuerner); Newport Pagnell Town 2, Yaxley 1 (Stebbing); Peterborough Northern Star 2 (Munton, Hill-Seekings), St Andrews 1; Wisbech Town 2 (Beck, Smith), Desborough Town 0.

Division One: Buckingham Town 2, Bourne Town 2 (Cardell, Goldson-WIlliams); Melton Town 1, Huntingdon Town 2; Oakham United 0, Blackstones 2 (Harrold, Bates).

THURLOW NUNN EASTERN LEAGUE

Division One: March Town United 1 (Brand), Cornard United 2.