First-half goal blitz sinks Holbrook Sports in local derby

Paul Fisher scores a penalty for Holbrook Sports''Photo by Terry Fletcher
Paul Fisher scores a penalty for Holbrook Sports''Photo by Terry Fletcher

A devastating 15-minute first half spell condemned Holbrook Sports to their third consecutive defeat in the East Midlands Counties League as they went down 4-1 to visitors Graham St Prims.

A brace from Lee Fell after 23 and 30 minutes soon overturned a sprightly start to the game by Holbrook, which resulted in the home side taking the lead from a penalty by Paul Fisher after 12 minutes.

Graham St Prims increased their advantage after 37 and 38 minutes through Sean Fell and Matt Adcock and they looked like they could score at will. A shell-shocked Holbrook were grateful for the half-time whistle.

The second half was a routine affair for Prims, and Holbrook toiled to no avail for a way back into the game. The home side lacked the spark to ignite their performance and the well-disciplined Prims saw out the game with a polished and dominant performance.

Holbrook manager Paul Romney said: “We started the game really well and had Prims on the ropes for the opening 15 minutes, but once in front we took our foot off the pedal and invited pressure. They took their chances and finished us off in a 15-minute spell.

“Credit must go to Graham St Prims for the character they showed after going one down so early in the game. This season has been a steep learning curve for our squad and I take full responsibility for results like today. We will learn from our mistakes and will hopefully use these setbacks to become stronger. We will continue to work hard on the training ground to rectify our shortcomings.”

Holbrook man of the match was Sam Ridgard.