FA Carlsberg Vase, fourth round
Holbrook Sports 2, Lancing 1
HOLBROOK Sports continue to make history after reaching the last 16 of the FA Vase and a trip to Coalville Town in the fifth round.
This rearranged fourth round tie was again in doubt right up to kick off with freezing conditions once again playing a part.
Indeed, it is all credit to Holbrook’s ground staff and committee who worked tirelessly from 7.30am in the morning to ensure the biggest game in the club’s history went ahead.
The first ten mintues were all Lancing and Holbrook keeper Simon Lillie saved a shot in the six yard area as Lancing’s long throws caused chaos in the home area.
The game became more even but on 30 minutes Sports were denied the lead when the visiting keeper produced a flying save to tip an Emeka Ejiofor 20 yard volley around a post.
James Ozmen had a great turn and volley saved and ten minutes later the Lancing keeper made a equally good save from another 25 yard effort.
It looked like it wasn’t going to be Holbrook’s day, especially when in a scramble in the Lancing six yard area, a shot was inadvertently cleared off the line by a Holbrook player.
But on 43 minutes the pressure finally told and an Ejiofor low cross from the right was tucked in at the near post by Robbie Harrison to finish easily the best move of the match and put his side 1-0 up.
The second half was a more even and scrappy affair with few goalmouth efforts of note.
However, on 65 minutes, Holbrook captain Robbie Harrison rashly gave away a free kick 25 yards out which was converted expertly by Lancing for 1-1.
Holbrook went looking for a winner and found it with extra time beckoning. In the first minute of added time, the Brookies won a free kick wide on the right, Lee Mitchell swung the ball in and Emeka Ejiofor rose to head home at the far post to seal a famous victory.
Holbrook assistant manager Simon van de Broucke said: “We didn’t play at our best but our commitment was exceptional and we fully deserved our win. People forget we don’t pay our players and to get to the last 16 is all credit to them.”
Manager Leigh Grant reflected: “Our two centre halves, Shaun Roulston and Jack Coulson were immense and Simon Lillie was commanding between the sticks.
“Emeka Ejiofor had his best game since joining the club and it was fitting he scored the injury time winner.”
Holbrook Sports: Simon Lillie, Gav Whitehead, Paul Campbell, Shaun Roulston, Jack Coulson, Robbie Harrison, Ant Tansley, James Ozmen, Lee Mitchell, Dave Moon, Emeka Ejiofor
Substitutes: Scott Whittingham, Vaughn Hallsworth, Marc Finlay, Chris King, David Hind.