Holbrook gain first league win

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Holbrook manager Leigh Grant picked out the good and bad from his side’s first league victory of the season, an odd-goal-of-five win against visitors Anstey Nomads.

He said: “We were much better against a good Anstey side. We scored some very good goals and moved the ball around much better.

“I am very disappointed in the way we conceded the two goals. We didn’t defend them well as a team at all.

“Overall though I am very pleased to get our first league win.”

Sports were missing Kane Jellyman and Jordan Gregory while Niall Mather came back into the squad after an ankle injury.

Sam Ridgard took over at right back after impressing in pre-season.

Nomads looked a completely different set from last year and started brightly down the Holbrook slope.

However, it was Holbrook who took the lead after just three minutes. Tom Gibson hit the channel with an excellent ball to Paul Fisher did well to outmuscle the visiting centre back and burst into the box. He looked like he was about to pull the trigger from the edge of the six yard box but fooled everyone with a nicely weighted cut-back and Emeka Ejiofor powered in to slot neatly into the bottom corner for 1-0.

The next ten minutes were pretty even with Anstey playing some neat triangles and Holbrook choosing to hit them on the break.

Nomads began to push Holbrook back and they equalised on 25 minutes when they won a free kick just outside the area. The ball was hooked short into the six yard box and took Holbrook by surprise. Anstey striker easily volleyed home for 1-1.

The scoreline remained the same until 38 minutes when a long hopeful ball from Holbrook wasn’t dealt with by three visiting defenders and the goalkeeper, as they all stood around and waited for someone else to head it away and Paul Fisher nipped in to lob the Anstey keeper for his first senior goal for the Sports.

Holbrook began the second half well and on 48 minutes they went close to adding a third when a flowing move found Tom Gibson on the left and his cross was met on the volley by Fisher on the six yard line but he saw the ball smash against the bar and go out for a goalkick.

Holbrook looked most likely to score and on 70 minutes got their third. Again a neat move on the left saw the ball was fed into Ryan Baker just outside the the area, He manage to turn his defender and slot his shot past the the goalkeeper for 3-1.

Holbrook looked to be comfortably seeing out the game when they needlessly gave the ball away in injury time and allowed the visitors to reduce the arrears with an unstoppable 30 yard shot into the top corner.