GOAL: Spencer Tinkler netted for Holbeach. Photo by JAKE WHITELEY

Saturday football: Tigers edged out on opening day, Pinchbeck hit for six and Crowland impress on return

Both Holbeach United and Pinchbeck United made losing starts to the new Uhlsport UCL Premier Division season on Saturday.

The Tigers took an early lead at Anstey Nomads before suffering a 2-1 reverse, while the Knights were walloped 6-0 at home by Rugby Town.

Starting with Holbeach, Phil Barnes couldn’t have wished for a better start to his first league game as boss as Spencer Tinkler nodded them into a fourth-minute lead.

But Cole Wildin levelled eight minutes later with an impressive volley, before Michael Reeve netted the winner soon after.

Holbeach will be hoping for better when they host Deeping on Wednesday night (7.45pm).

Pinchbeck meanwhile, had a nightmare opening day and found themselves 5-0 down at the break.

Doubles from Liam Francis (3 & 23), Dylan Parker (7 & 70) and Danico Johnson (35 & 38) handed the managerless Knights a home humbling.

They now visit Sleaford Town, who lost 8-0 at Shepshed Dynamo, on Wednesday (7.45pm).

Meanwhile, Crowland Town announced their return to the ChromaSport PDFL Premier Division with a big 3-0 win over Oakham United.

Holbeach United Reserves drew 1-1 with Peterborough North End Sports at Carter’s Park, while Long Sutton went down 1-0 at Stilton United.

More to follow.


Uhlsport UCL

Premier Division: Anstey Nomads 2 Holbeach United 1; Boston Town 3 Lutterworth Town 4; Cogenhoe United 1 Leicester Nirvana 0; Deeping Rangers 2 Harborough Town 1; Desborough Town 0 Quorn 2; Oadby Town 1 Wellingborough Town 4; Loughborough University 6 Peterborough Northern Star 0; Pinchbeck United 0 Rugby Town 6; Rothwell Corinthians 1 Northampton ON Chenecks 1; Shepshed Dynamo 8 Sleaford Town 0.

ChromaSport PDFL

Premier Division: Cardea 3 Leverington Sports 1; Crowland Town 3 Oakham United 0; Eye United 2 Uppingham Town 2; Holbeach United Res 1 Peterborough North End Sports 1; ICA Sports 0 FC Parson Drove 0; Ketton 0 Netherton United 4; Stilton United 1 Long Sutton Athletic 0.

Division One: NECI 4 Stamford Belvedere 4; Oundle Town 1 Crowland Town Res 0; Peterborough Northern Star Res 4 Warboys Town 0; Pinchbeck United Res 4 Kings Cliffe 3; Rippingale & Folkingham 4 Eunice Huntingdon 2; Thorpe Wood Rangers 1 Moulton Harrox Res 5; Wittering Premiair 5 Tydd 1.

Division Two: FC Hampton 3 Wisbech Town Res 5; FC Parson Drove Res 2 Wittering Premiair Res 3; Farcet United 4 Peterborough Polonia 5; Holbeach United Sports 3 Parkside 0; Long Sutton Athletic Res 0 Deeping Rangers Res 5; Netherton United Res 0 Ramsey Town 2; Oakham United Res 4 Glinton & Northborough 5; Orton Rangers 3 Stamford Belvedere Res 2.

Division Three: Casterton 8 FC Hampton Res 1; FC Peterborough Res 3 Cardea Res 1; Huntingdon Rovers 2 Stanground Sports 4; Kings Cliffe Res 1 Stilton United Res 7; Leverington Sports Res 2 Dreams 10; Peterborough City 1 Weldon United 4; Tydd Res 2 Wittering Premiair A 8.

Division Four: Deeping United 13 Orton Rangers Res 2; Netherton United A 0 Long Sutton Athletic A 2; Park Farm Pumas 2 Warboys Town Res 0; Uppingham Town Res 5 Parkside Res 3; Whittlesey Athletic A 2 Sawtry 2.

Division Five: FC Hampton A 3 NECI Res 6; Holbeach Bank 1 Rippingale & Folkingham Res 6; Langtoft United 7 Ramsey Town Res 1; Park Farm Pumas Res 3 Thorpe Wood Rangers Res 5; Sutton Bridge United 4 Oundle Town Res 1; Weldon United Res 1 Wittering Premiair B 2.

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