Hot-shot Isaac Minnott scored a second consecutive hat-trick as Holbrook Sports came from behind to dramatically beat Gedling MW 5-4.
Speaking after the game captain Niall Mather praised his side’s battling spirit.
“We were below par again today, but to come away with three points and score five goals after a poor performance is testament to the character of the squad,” he said.
“We had to dig deep and, although we conceded some poor goals today, we have shown that we can compete at this level.
“We will take a long hard look at our defensive frailties and I’m sure you will not see a repeat in against Ellistown & Ibstock.
“We are not playing well at the moment but we are picking up points, which is a big positive.”
A first half which was short of creativity and drama was brought to life when the hosts’ Kelvin Mushambi scored a close ranger header in the 41st minute, More drama was to unfold when Gedling’s Ricky Law kicked the ball away after an infringement and was subsequently booked and then red carded for the ensuing dissent.
The second half sprung to life after 47 minutes when Mushambi doubled his tally with a simple tap in.
Holbrook quickly responded through Minott with the first of his treble from close range three minutes later.
This was quickly followed by a fine strike from outside the box from Sam Ridgard within two minutes to level the scores.
Minott completed his brace two minutes later to put the visitors ahead only for substitute Ricky Law to equalise for the hosts after 59 minutes.
He then put Gedling into the lead from close range 10 minutes later.
But Holbrook responded in kind through Kyle Hazeldine’s first goal for the club after 72 minutes.
The eventful match was finally settled by man-of-the-match Minott from the penalty spot in the 87th minute after a mazy run by the impressive Jake Dodds, who was impeded by the Gedling defence.
Holbrook: Graves, Drake ( Ratcliffe), Dodds, Mather, Ross, Peverley, Fitzhugh, Hazeldine (Hayes), Minott, Chilaka ( Hallsworth), Ridgard
Subs unused: Black, Hooley.
Man of the match: Isaac Minott.