ON THE MARK: Will Bird was on target for Holbeach United against Rothwell. Photo by JAKE WHITELEY

Saturday football: Home frustration for Tigers and Pinchbeck, another defeat for Tulips

Both Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United were held to home draws on Saturday, but Spalding United suffered a seventh successive defeat.

Starting in the ChromaSport United Counties League, title-chasing Holbeach were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw against Rothwell Corinthians in the Premier Division at Carter’s Park.

On a day when leaders Newport Pagnell Town drew 2-2 with Deeping Rangers, the second-placed Tigers looked like closing the gap when Will Bird headed them into an 11th minute lead from a Mitch Griffiths cross.

Charley Sanders, who is only just back from a two-month ban, was sent off in the second half for an off-the-ball incident – but Holbeach still held their lead up until the dying seconds.

That’s when Callum Plowright converted a penalty to earn Rothwell a share of the spoils.

Seb Hayes’ Tigers remain second, eight points behind Newport Pagnell with two games in hand.

Down in Division One, leaders Pinchbeck saw their nine-game winning run halted by a 1-1 draw with Huntingdon Town.

The Knights went ahead when Nick Bishop headed home Tyler Wright’s free-kick, but their former striker Corey Kingston soon levelled for the visitors.

Ian Dunn’s side couldn’t find a winner, meaning their lead at the top is now five points.

Elsewhere, Spalding’s poor run of form in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South continued with a 2-0 reverse at Loughborough Dynamo.

Goals from Louis Keenan (6) and Josh Riley (82) made it seven defeats on the bounce for Chris Rawlinson’s side.

The Tulips are 15th, just five points above the drop zone.

It was a postponement-ridden day of action in the ChromaSport PDFL, with Premier Division leaders Moulton Harrox among the sides left kicking their heels.

In the Premier Division, Joe Fowler’s late leveller earned Holbeach United Reserves a 1-1 draw at Whittlesey Athletic.

Elsewhere, Tydd St Mary beat high-flying Peterborough Polonia 5-1 away from home in Division One and Spalding Town outgunned Spalding United Reserves 4-3 in the Division Two derby.

More football throughout the week at www.spaldingvoice.co.uk and in Thursday’s Spalding Voice.

RESULTS (Saturday, December 9)

Evo-Stik NPL

First Division South: Chasetown 0 Stamford 2; Cleethorpes Town 0 Sheffield FC 4; Corby Town 2 Leek Town 1; Loughborough Dynamo 2 Spalding United 0.

ChromaSport UCL

Premier Division: Holbeach United 1 Rothwell Corinthians 1; Newport Pagnell Town 2 Deeping Rangers 2; Northampton ON Chenecks 2 Northampton Sileby Rangers 0; Peterborough Northern Star 3 Kirby Muxloe 1; Wellingborough Town 2 St Andrews 4; Wisbech Town 3 Eynesbury Rovers 3; Yaxley 4 Wellingborough Whitworth 2.

Division One: Blackstones 5 Burton Park Wanderers 2; Lutterworth Town 9 Long Buckby AFC 1; Pinchbeck United 1 Huntingdon Town 1; Potton United 3 Harrowby United 1; Raunds Town 2 Buckingham Town 1; Rushden and Higham United 1 Olney Town 2; Thrapston Town 2 Bugbrooke St Michaels 2.

ChromaSport PDFL

Premier Division: Ketton 2 Sawtry 3; Stamford Lions 1 Netherton United 1; Whittlesey Athletic 1 Holbeach United Res 1.

Division One: Peterborough Polonia 1 Tydd St Mary 5; Stamford Belvedere 2 Oundle Town 3; Uppingham Town 2 Wittering Harriers 5.

Division Two: FC Parson Drove 3 Rippingale & Folkingham 1; Netherton United A 4 Parkway Eagles 4; Stamford Lions Res 5 Whittlesey Athletic Res 0; Stilton United 1 Ketton Res 4; Spalding United Res 3 Spalding Town 4.

Division Three: Oundle Town Res 2 Uppingham Town Res 0; Premiair 7 Farcet Utd 2.

Division Four: Netherton United B 2 Stamford Lions A 7.

Division Five A: Kings Cliffe Res 5 Spalding United A 1; Wittering Harriers Res 1 Premiair Res 3.

Division Five B: Hampton 2 FC Parson Drove Res 3.

PFA Challenge Cup: FC Peterborough 5 Ramsey Town 2.

PFA Minor Cup: AFC Orton 4 Holbeach United A 1; Feeder Res 2 Eunice Huntingdon 6.

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