Holbrook hit for six as Belper Town exact maximum revenge

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Holbrook Sports had their hopes of completing an FA Cup hat-trick against Belper Town blown away by a powerful Nailers side who swept to a 6-1 victory at the Okra ground in front of over 200 spectators.

Belper started strongly and immediately had the upper hand. Poor defending led to Belper’s first goal on five minutes and after a goalmouth scramble the ball fell to Marrison to tap in from close range.

Two minutes later Belper had a penalty claim waved away after what seemed a blatant push from centre half Jordan Gregory but on ten minutes another scramble in the box and Holbrook’s inability to clear their lines saw Marrison score the second.

The game settled down for a while and Holbrook’s Cory Bowler had a vicious free kick tipped onto the bar. However, any faint hopes of a Holbrook come-back were gone on 43 minutes when another poor clearance fell to Marrison who smashed a shot past Scott Whittingham for his first-half hat-trick.

The second half started the same as the first with two quick goals. A needless free kick led to a cross being whipped in and eventually headed in at the back post and then a soft penalty was awarded and Marrison slotted home for his fourth and Belper’s fifth of the game.

Gav Whitehead smashed home a free kick as a consolation goal for the Brookies but as the game became niggly, Vaughn Hallsworth was sent off for retaliation and in the dying seconds, with Holbrook down to ten men, Belper waltzed through again to add a sixth, Jordan Ball netting from eight yards.

Attendance: 204.

Referee: Lisa Rachid.

Holbrook manager Paul Romney admitted the Nailers were by far the better side on the day. He reflected: “We lost to a very good Belper Town side today and I wish them all the best in the next round against Matlock Town.

“Unfortunately we weren’t at the races today and some of the players let the occasion get to them but we are a new side and will learn from this.

“Our start to the season is still better than our expectations and we will dust ourselves down. We have a tough Bank Holiday Monday match against unbeaten league leaders Basford and we will be looking to bounce back straight away.”