East Midlands Counties
Holbrook Sports 2
Thurnby Nirvana 0
IMPRESSIVE Holbrook recorded a fourth straight victory and a third straight clean sheet.
Sports welcomed Chris King back to the midfield after four weeks on the sidelines but they were without Steve Banks from the previous week’s 3-2 win at Oadby Town in the League Cup.
Holbrook started brightly on a sticky pitch and took an early lead when, after only four minutes, Lee Mitchell burst through the midfield and his precision pass opened up the Thurnby defence and Vaughn Hallsworth’s finish easily beat the visiting keeper.
It became 2-0 on 18 minutes when Mitchell again broke from midfield and this time his pass released Paul Campbell who outpaced a defender before calmly slotting home from the edge of the area.
Sports should have made it three on the half-hour when an excellent move down the right ended with Hallsworth’s cross being headed just wide by Campbell.
After some harsh words from their management team at half-time, Thurnby came out in positive mood for the second half and dominated possession although the home defence were never really troubled.
Sam Ridgard was introduced on 70 minutes for Holbrook and he could have added to the lead, but after spinning in the box, he could only stab his shot wide.
Shortly afterwards, a Mark Farthing shot rose just over the bar.
With ten minutes left, Jack Coulson was dismissed after receiving a second yellow card of the game. Holbrook reshuffled by pulling Campbell back into defence and leaving Ridgard alone up front.
Thurnby bombarded the home goal but without any joy and on 89 minutes when they looked to of finally broke through Goalkeeper Scott Whittingham raced out to make an fabulous block.
Attendance : 43.
This Saturday, Holbrook travel to Ellistown (3pm).