Boss Romney praises battling spirit after Holbrook fight back to rescue point at St Michael

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Holbrook boss Paul Romney has praised the battling spirit of his players after they fought back to secure a 3-3 draw against St Andrews.

League leaders St Andrews had led 3-1, before Holbrook Sports mounted a determined comeback to secure a point.

It could hafe been so much better for the visitors who had a two man advantage for the last 15 minutes after St Andrews saw Mitch Warner and Joe Latham red carded.

Said Romney: “ We are very pleased with the point, as in the first 50 minutes of the game we were well below our best and we struggled to get a foothold in the game.

“Once St Andrews took a two goal lead it seemed to spur us on and we take many positives from the character and resilience we shown to fight back.

“With the correct decisions near the end of the game we could have won it.”

The home side took the lead through Brady Hickey in the 25th minute, although nine minutes later Isaac Minott equalised with a precise finish into the bottom corner of the net for his first goal of the afternoon.

Parity was to remain for only two minutes when Shay Brennan had a simple tap in to restore the hosts’ lead.

A few minutes before half time Isaac Minott had a goal ruled out for offside and Sports were relieved to come in at half-time a goal behind after a tough first half in which they had struggled to control St Andrews.

Within 30 seconds of the restart Holbrook Sports hopes were dashed when Ben Stephens was presented with the easiest of chances by an uncertain Holbrook defence to make it 3-1 and seemingly give St Andrews an unassailable lead.

Holbrook responded defiantly and, in the 63rd minute, Mitch Warner hauled down Isaac Minott in a goalscoring position within the penalty area and the referee awarded a penalty and sent off Warner.

Minott duly converted the spot kick for his second goal of the afternoon.

Holbrook now sensed that they could get something from the game and imposed themselves on the hosts and, in the 70th minute, substitute Vaughn Hallsworth provided an assist for Isaac Minott to head home for his first hat trick for Holbrook Sports and to take his tally to 13 for the season.

Further drama was to unfold when central defender Joe Latham was red carded for a foul on Vaughn Hallsworth to reduce the hosts to 9 men with 15 minutes remaining,

Holbrook threw all they had at St Andrews in the hope of claiming a victory, but a resilient and organised St Andrews defence kept Holbrook at bay to keep the scores level at full time.