Late header earns a draw

by Phill Alcock

East Midlands Counties

Holbrook Sports 3

Hinckley 3

Both teams started brightly and it looked like being an even contest.

A long ball out of the Hinckley defence saw the Holbrook defence easily breached and, with Simon Lillie isolated, Anthony Robinson opened the scoring.

30 seconds later, with the Holbrook defence still reeling, a poor clearance by Jack Coulson was collected by Hinckley’s Anthony Robinson, who put in Luke Plummer past a static defence to slide home.

Holbrook managed to settle down and David Hind was causing trouble with his pace.

After stern words at half-time, Holbrook came out on fire. Sub Vaughn Hallsworth made an immediate impact as his flick found Marc Finlay, who fired high into the net.

It got even better on 55 minutes when a long ball was collected by Hallsworth and he excellently lobbed over the keeper from 30 yards.

But a sublime piece of skill saw Hinckley once again take the lead. Anthony Robinson pulled down the ball and smashed a fierce shot home.

But on 88 minutes, the pressure told as a cross was by James Ozmen to grab a point for Holbrook.

Leigh Grants said: “The character of the side shone through and we fought back for draw, even though i feel it was two points dropped. Getting to the end of the season is becoming a struggle with injuries and holidays kicking in but we wont complain. We have a great squad and knew some rotation would be needed so we will just get on with it.

“It’s another busy week with a Bank Holiday Monday game at Heanor Town and then our cup semi-final against Radcliffe Olympic on Wednesday night. We have also been awarded the Team of the Month for February for our heriocs on the FA Vase which is just reward for everyone’s hard work at this club.’