Holbrook are mauled by the Lions of Heanor

East Midlands

Counties League

Heanor Town 5

Holbrook Sports 1

HOLBROOK Sports had four days to forget last week.

Firstly, the Brookies bowed out of this season’s FA Vase last Tuesday, beaten 2-0 by Norton United, then on Saturday, they were mauled by local derby rivals Heanor Town on Saturday.

Heanor were in devastating form as they romped to their biggest ever East Midlands Counties League win over their neighbours in front of another good Town Ground crowd.

An early shot from Nathan Benger from outside the area was smothered by Simon Lillie before the visitors best chance of the half, on five minutes, saw Paul Fisher set up Chris King who fired wide across goal.

Jason Foster’s tenth minute cross caused panic in the Brookies defence and Benger’s shot was blocked and the clearance fell for STEF FROST to poke Heanor ahead.

Gary Webster’s great shot for the top corner five minutes later brought an equally fine save by Lillie and the overworked custodian followed this up by saving from Benger with his legs when the Lions leading scorer broke free.

Paul Fisher’s long range shot was comfortable for Mark Frost, but with Heanor playing some delightful football NATHAN BENGER was guilty of missing a fine Debrouwer cross on 33 minutes when in front of goal.

But the striker had to wait only two further minutes before extending his tally at the top of the league’s scoring charts when he slipped home the loose ball after a Debrouwer shot had been blocked.

Holbrook were living dangerously in defence and Benger again failed to convert when clear on 42 minutes.

Two minutes later JOSH ROYCE got his first Heanor goal when he won the ball wide on the left, cut inside and drilled his shot goalwards with the help of a slight deflection.

Stef Frost cut inside and shot narrowly wide as Heanor’s ascendency continued into the second half.

Then a 40-yard-plus shot from Jason Foster from a pulled back corner beat Lillie and rattled against the angle of crossbar and post.

Heanor’s football was a treat to watch and despite Holbrook’s attraction to usually playing well at the Town Ground, in fairness, few teams in this league would have lived with the Lions on this form.

Chris King cut inside and smashed a shot wide for Holbrook but it was Heanor who hit back and Lillie made a fantastic save from Debrouwer’s shot following some excellent work by Josh Royce.

Heanor went further ahead on 61 minutes. Skipper Brett Peel’s header from a corner was blocked on the line and JOSH ROYCE was on hand to finish it off.

Four minutes later NATHAN BENGER exchanged passes with Gary Webster and his half volley flew in to complete a nap hand.

Heanor introduced their substitutes and whilst the football remained first class the goals dried up and Holbrook got a consolation when DARREN RUSTON headed a fine goal at the back post following a free kick.

The Brookies came more into the game for a spell but the controlled football came from Heanor who might have added to their lead from a Benger free kick that whistled inches wide and a fine shot from the same player which brought another excellent save from Lillie.

Match stats

Heanor Town: Mark Frost, Jason Foster (Ryan Cancellara 64), Phil Austin (Danny Claridge 64), Lee Stevenson, Brett Peel, Nico Degirolamo, Gary Webster, Keiran Debrouwer (Julian Capuano 72), Nathan Benger, Josh Royce, Stef Frost. Substitutes not used – Rockie White, Matt Foster.

Holbrook Sports: Simon Lillie, Gavin Whitehead (Sam Ridgard 45), Nial Mather, Kane Jellyman, Jack Coulson, Vaughn Hallsworth, Rob Harrison (Ashley Hayes 61), Chris King, Darren Rushton, Paul Fisher (Ryan Baker), Tom Gibson. Substitute not used – Tom Bartram.

Referee: Peter Craggs (Mansfield)

Attendance: 93

Yellow cards: Holbrook – Rob Harrison (37), Jack Coulson (77)

Goals: Heanor – Stef Frost (10), Nathan Benger (35 and 64), Josh Royce (45+2 and 61). Holbrook – Darren Ruston (67).

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Saturday December 17

East Midlands Counties League - Holbrook Sports v Bardon Hill, 3pm.

Monday, December 26 - East Midlands Counties League - Holbrook Sports v Borrowash Victoria, 1pm.