Late goals deny Holbrook Sports a well-deserved three points

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A freakish equaliser by the home side with four minutes to go meant a nervy finish to an East Midlands Counties League game Holbrook Sports had looked to have earned a well-deserved three points from.

There was more drama to come when a corner which had cleared to the edge of the box was duly despatched into the bottom corner by the home side’s captain Chris Rudkin for an unlikely winner with seconds remaining on the clock.

Holbrook had taken the lead after 70 minutes when veteran Vaughn Hallsworth slammed the ball high into the roof of the net from a Joshua Wright cross.

Five minutes later, the impressive Joshua Hooley crashed a header from a Niall Mather cross against the bar and the home side looked rattled, that was until the frenzied end of the game when a high ball in from the home side was caught in a swirl of wind and looped over the defence and hit the upright and rebounded against the back of Holbrook’s keeper and across the goal line.

Manager Paul Romney said: “I thought we worked hard enough and showed a lot of character to come here against one of the form sides in the league and we were very unlucky to concede a freakish equaliser, which on any other day would have been a routine clearance.

“I’m pleased with our performance and if we keep applying ourselves as we have done of late, we will earn a spot of good fortune ourselves.”