A hard-fought entertaining encounter in the East Midlands Counties League saw Borrowash Victoria come out on top by the odd goal in three against Holbrook Sports on Saturday.
The first half was limited to a few half chances for both sides until a defensive lapse in the 44th minute by Holbrook let in former Holbrook player Steve Akers who failed to round the goalkeeper but fed the ball to David Hind to finish with aplomb.
Holbrook responded after the break and took the game to Borrowash Paul Fisher had a shot turned around the post for a corner , Vaughn Hallsworth also went close, and finally in the 58th minute Holbrook counterattacked with pace and Paul Fisher outstripped full back Dave Leigh to cross for the onrushing veteran Hallsworth who slid in to level the score.
Unfortunately, Holbrook’s joy was to subside within a minute when a non-threatening punt forward was not dealt with and the subsequent backpass to the keeper was short. The industrious Martin Smyth closed the keeper down and the keeper’s clearance unfortunately cannoned off Smyth and into the net.
Holbrook went in search of the equaliser and after 65 minutes a cross from Adam Clarke was headed onto the bar by Hallsworth when it seemed easier to score. This was to be Holbrook’s last clearcut chance. Borrowash weathered the storm and showed their resilience and experience in closing the game out and gain all three points.
Holbrook manager Paul Romney said: “This was a hard-fought game and I thought we showed a lot of character and created quite a few chances to take something from the game. We are disappointed in the result but take confidence and positives from our performance.
“On another day, we may of got the rub of the green and got our rewards. Borrowash are a top side and they made it difficult for us at times, and the winning goal from Smyth typified their work ethic.
“We must now take this performance into our home game tonight (Wednesday) against Greenwood Meadows.”