Holbrook Sports go joint top after latest success

Holbrook Sports kept up their fine run with a 5-2 win at Aylestone Park on Saturday.

A lethargic first-half display by Holbrook Sports in the East Midlands Counties League resulted in a backs-to-the-wall performance that required goals from Sam Ridgard after 14 minutes and Nduoma Chilaka after 22 minutes to maintain parity at half-time.

Holbrook struggled to find momentum and tempo in a sloppy first half and were lucky not to be behind at half time after a plucky Aylestone Park had taken the lead twice after 13 and then 18 minutes.

After the break, Holbrook upped their intensity of play and pressed Aylestone higher up the pitch.

Within five minutes of the restart, Nduoma Chilaka added to his first half goal with a fine individual effort.

The half then belonged to Holbrook, who dominated possession and were now creating chances from every attack, after 80 minutes Sam Ridgard coolly finished from a ball from Chilaka and eight minutes later he scored an unopposed header to give him his first senior hat-trick as a Holbrook player.

Ridgard had two further gilt-edged chances to add to his goal haul but he was thwarted by the Aylestone Park keeper on both occasions.

Manager Paul Romney said: “Our first-half performance was way below the standards we have set this season and we were fortunate to go in at half-time with the scores level.

“We emphasised a few points at half-time and our second half performance was much improved.

“We could have quite easily scored a lot more goals, we continue to improve and we are creating chances we just need to take them to relieve the pressure in tight games like the first half.”

Man of the match was Ryan Fitzhugh for Holbrook Sports.