Sixth defeat on the bounce for struggling Holbrook St Michaels

STRUGGLING -- Holbrook St Michaels.
STRUGGLING -- Holbrook St Michaels.

Struggling Holbrook St Michaels sank to their sixth defeat on the bounce to remain next to bottom in the South Division of the Central Midlands League.

The Saints were thumped 4-0 by Hucknall Rolls Leisure in their latest match at Makeny Road. It means they have not tasted victory since defeating Southwell City 2-0 on September 5, and have just four points from their opening eight league matches.

Nevertheless, no-one could complain about the spirit and hard work that Holbrook showed throughout the 90 minutes. They grafted hard against a Rolls side who had stunned top-of-the-table Eastwood Community the previous week, beating them 3-1 on their own patch.

The home team were hopeful of an upset because the Hucknall side arrived in Derbyshire with a squad depleted by injuries. Three players were unavailable, another was injured and a fifth, Harry Allen, broke down in the warm-up, forcing manager Jez Corthorn to give a debut to 16-year-old midfielder Tom Eastwood.

In a frantic opening 15 minutes, Holbrook created their best chance, only for their centre-forward to put a free header wide from close range. They paid the price because, from then on, Rolls took control and eased into a 3-0 lead by the interval. Striker Jack Allen netted twice, heading home a Chay Bettridge cross and capitalising on hesitant defending to coolly lob the ‘keeper, and Bettridge drilled home the third.

Holbrook made changes at the break and started the second half brightly, but they leaked a fourth goal in the 68th minute when Robbie Manners broke to finish well under the advancing ‘keeper.