Holbrook bounce back with deserved victory

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East Midlands

Counties League

Premier Division

Holbrook Sports 2

Bardon Hill 1

HOLBROOK Sports boss Leigh Grant was pleased to see his side get back on track with a win which sets them up nicely for the Boxing Day clash at home to Borrowash Victoria.

He reflected: “It was important that we bounced straight back after the last two results and we did just that.

“Our shape was very good and we looked solid at the back and midfield again. The two strikers both had their best games for the club so far as well. It gives us a good basis and confidence to go into the big Boxing Day game.”

Sports welcomed back Paul Campbell and Lee Mitchellto the side while Tom Bartram was missing through injury and Emeka Ejiofor was still on holiday.

Holbrook kicked off the first half in what was always going to be an evenly-contested game.

Bardon had two excellent early chances at the back post but both times the ball drifted agonisingly wide.

The visitors’ neat football prompted by the impressive Vernon Hart-Harper in the centre of midfield, saw them dominate posession but Holbrook were the team that were always looking the more likely to score.

Darren Ruston and Paul Fisher gave the Bardon defence a torrid time and eventually Holbrook benefitted when Lee Mitchell opened the scoring for the Brookies midway through the first half.

Sports had chances to increase the lead but couldn’t quite find the finish required.

Bardon Hill started the second with a lot of possession but it has to be said without really troubling Holbrook until on the hour mark when Bardon were awarded a penalty after a pull by Paul Campbell.

However, The Hart-Harper blazed his spot-kick over the bar.

Ten minutes looked to have secured the game when a good move down th left founded Darren Ruston and his cross picked out Paul Fisher in the area and he volleyed home into the top corner for 2-0.

Bardon struck back almost immediately when Dean Partner found himself free in the 18 yard area and he smashed the ball home.

The visitors pressed hard for an equaliser and foced a good one-handed save from Simon Lillie, but Holbrook held out and deservedly took the three points.

Attendance: 43

Holbrook Sports: S Lillie,G Whitehead, P Campbell, J Coulson, N Mather, L Mitchell, R Harrison, C King, T Gibson, D Ruston, P Fisher.

Substitutes: S Ridgard, S Whittingham, K Jellyman, R Baker, V Hallsworth.