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Holbrook Sports 2

Radcliffe Olympic 0

Holbrook Sports welcomed back Jack Coulson to the club, which led to a reshuffle of the team for the visit of Radcliffe Olympic to the O-Kra Ground.

Scott Whittingham continued to deputise in goal for the injured Simon Lillie. Gav Whitehead started right back with Paul Campbell shuffling over to left back and Jack Coulson and Gerome Palmer in the Centre.

Niall Mather was pushed further forward to Left midfield, Danwell Francis on the right and Skipper Rob Harrison and Sam Ridgard in the Middle with Lee Mitchell and Emeka Ejiofor upfront.

On a bright sunny day in Holbrook, the game started slowly and was for the opening stages a scrappy affair.

On 20 minutes though Holbrook broke the deadlock.

After a disputed Radcliffe offside decision, Holbrook broke down the right to be awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Radcliffe box.

Niall Mather stepped up and with the Radcliffe goalkeeper seemingly getting his positioning wrong, neatly passed the ball into the left corner of the net.

The game finally saw some more goalmouth action with Radcliffe having two chances in the six yard box with Scott Whittingham saving easily.

Holbrook, on the other hand, had a goal disallowed for offside and also saw the ball bounce back off the left hand post from another effort.

The second half began in similar vein to the first, another scrappy affair with neither side really troubling the goalkeepers.

However, with the referee adding to the mix with his constant whistling and talking to players, it was 75 minutes before there was anything of consequence to talk about.

Manager Leigh Grant made changes with Vaughn Hallsworth and Tom Gibson sent on for Emeka Ejiofor and Sam Ridgard and Tob Bartram replacing Danwell Francis.

The changes had an immediate effect and Holbrook finally put the game to bed.

Tom Gibson won possession in the centre circle and released the Holbrook forward line. A low cross from the left was turned into the net for 2-0 by Lee Mitchell.

Attendance : 43.

Team: S Whittingham, G Whitehead, J Coulson, G Palmer, P Campbell, D Francis, S Ridgard, R Harrison, N Mather, L Mitchell, E Ejiofor.

Substitutes: V Hallsworth, R Baker, K Jellyman, T Bartram, T Gibson.

Manager Grant said: “After the previous week when we played well and came away with no points, it was nice to finally get another three points on the board.”

This Saturday, Holbrook are home to Barrow Town at Shaw Lane. Kick-off is 3pm.