FA Vase victory for Holbrook as Sam celebrates his century

Sam Ridgard celebrates his 100th appearance for Holbrook Sports''Photo by Alan Miles
Sam Ridgard celebrates his 100th appearance for Holbrook Sports''Photo by Alan Miles
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Holbrook Sports progressed to the next round of the FA Vase in style on Saturday, courtesy of a fine individual goal by Isaac Minott at Harborough Town.

Holbrook’s dominance was not accurately reflected by the narrow scoreline, as chances went begging throughout the game and with perhaps more composure in front of goal Sam Ridgard, Nduoma Chilaka, Isaac Minott and Ryan Fitzhugh could have had a hat-trick apiece.

The pace at which Holbrook started the game took Harborough by surprise and within the first five minutes the visitors could have been two goals to the good after Ridgard and Minott both had opportunities to open the scoring.

The industry in midfield by man of the match Kyle Hazeldine was causing Harborough problems from the offset and chances for Holbrook in the first half were failing to be converted.

The second half was a carbon copy of the first and, as the game wore on, Holbrook looked edgy as they were not seeing the fruits of their labour, until Isaac Minott burst through after a headed flick on by Cory Bowler in the 74th minute and, after holding off the ensuing defender, despatched the ball into the far corner with precision to send Holbrook into the next round and a home tie against AFC Mansfield as their reward.

Also on Saturday, Sam Ridgard made his 100th appearance for Holbrook Sports and was presented with an honours cap by Vaughn Hallsworth and manager Paul Romney.

Paul Romney said: “For any player to play 100 games in non-league football for the same club is unique these days and Sam has shown great loyalty to this club since he first signed as a 16-year-old.

“We are pleased to honour his loyalty with a commemorative cap and inclusion into an elite group of players who have played 100 games for the club.”