Revitalised Holbrook St Michael’s stun Belper United in derby shock

BACK IN BUSINESS -- manager Noel Hayes, who led revitalised Holbrook St Michael's to a shock win over derby rivals, Belper United.
BACK IN BUSINESS -- manager Noel Hayes, who led revitalised Holbrook St Michael's to a shock win over derby rivals, Belper United.

Happy Holbrook St Michael’s followed up a stunning win over local-derby rivals Belper United by adding another boost to their revitalised season in the Central Midlands League’s South Division.

After just two victories in their first 19 league games of the campaign, The Saints triumhed 2-1 away to title-chasing United last midweek, thanks to goals from Immanuel Freeman and Dominic Hayes.

And they followed up last Saturday with a 3-2 success over fellow strugglers Keyworth United at Holbrook Park. Sam Williamson led the way for Noel Hayes’s side with two of the goals, and Shane Burrows bagged the other, with Corey Johnson and Daniel Gallagher replying for the visitors.

The results lifted the Holbrook outfit on to level points with Keyworth, one ahead of next-to-bottom Mickleover Royal British Legion and six ahead of bottom team Southwell City, and filled them with confidence for this Saturday’s attractive home clash with second-placed Hucknall Town.

Mickleover lost 4-2 at home to Blidworth Welfare in their latest match, while Southwell crashed 8-0 at home to Selston, which was a result that piled on the bad news for Belper United.

Leaders Selston, for whom Carl Moore netted four, recovered from a rare defeat the previous week and are now eight points clear of Paul Postlethwaite’s third-placed side, whose only goal in the midweek derby defeat was scored by substitute Tim Perry. United were without a match on Saturday, but are desperately hoping to bounce back to winning ways tomorrow night (Tuesday) when they travel to Matlock Town Reserves. This Saturday, they entertain Keyworth at Christchurch Meadow.

Elsewhere in the South Division, Eastwood Community waved goodbye to their slim title hopes when losing 3-1 at Hucknall Rolls Leisure. Ryan Williams put the Badgers in front on 28 minutes, only for the Allen brothers, Jack and Harry, to hit back for the Rollers.

Lower down the table, crisis-hit Bulwell enjoyed a lift when winning 4-2 at Matlock Reserves thanks to two goals from Jay Knight and one apiece from Richard Saunders and Jake Fisher.

In the Reserves Division, Holbrook St Michael’s Reserves, stranded at the foot of the table, lost 5-0 at Teversal Reserves for their 16th reverse in 17 league matches so far this term.