Holbrook Sports boss delighted by players’ patience after Arnold Town win


Holbrook Sports boss Paul Romney praised the patience of his players after their 2-0 win over Arnold.

Holbrook were made to work hard for the win and were only certain of wrapping up the points when Gary Bowler wrapped it up in the 86th minute.

Speaking after the game Romney said: “We had to work very hard for our three points today, I was particularly pleased with the patience and belief we showed when we were looking to breakdown a very resolute Arnold defence.

“Substitutes do not often receive the plaudits, but today all three had an effect on the result and it reveals the real strength and character of this squad.”

The firt half was a tight affair as Holbrook failed to break down a very determined Arnold defence.

Isaac Minott, who troubled the Arnold defence all afternoon, had a half chance that was smothered well by the Arnold Town keeper.

Minott was again denied by the Arnold shotstopper moments later.

The start of the second half saw Holbrook up the intensity and tempo of their play and chances were now being created.

Jake Peverley had a shot smothered by the Arnold defence, before Isaac Minott had two chances saved.

The introduction of substitutes Josh Hooley, Cory Bowler and veteran Vaughn Hallsworth added vigour to Holbrook’s play and, in the 83rd minute, stalwart Hallsworth popped up to glance in a header from a Louis Ratcliffe cross.

Arnold’s defence were deflated and their misery was to continue three minutes later when Hallsworth turned provider to square the ball to an unopposed Cory Bowler who found the back of the net.

Line up: Graves, Wheat, Doods, Hayes, Mather, Peverley (Hooley), Fitzhugh, Hazeldine, Minott (Hallsworth), Thompson (Bowler), Ratcliffe

Subs unused: Black, Bibby

Att: 35

Man of the match: Jake Dodds