Holbrook Sports played their first game in seven weeks on Saturday after a weather-enforced break.
They lost 1-0 against an in-form and match fit Blaby and Whetstone Athletic side.
The pre-match concerns about being off the pace and short of match fitness were quickly realised after six minutes when a fantastic cross from Ryan Hawker was finished with aplomb by the impressive Darren Wheeler.
The next ten minutes was nervy for Holbrook and they dug deep to stem a vibrant Blaby team, who could sense Holbrook’s indecisiveness. As the half wore on, Holbrook slowly gained a foothold in the game and began to trouble the home side.
The two best chances of the first half fell to Joshua Wright, who failed to work the keeper with his first chance, but drew a fine save from the home team’s keeper with a few minutes remaining before the half-time break.
In the second half, Holbrook started were they had left off in the first and set a good tempo, causing Blaby quite a few problems, although a lack of match sharpness in the final third of the pitch was proving to be their Achilles heel.
Blaby gradually worked themselves back into the game and their fitness and confidence saw them see the game out without further chances for either side and claim a valuable three points against a hard working and spirited Holbrook team, to climb to second in the league.
Holbrook manager Paul Romney said: “It was always going to be a big ask of the squad after a prolonged break of seven weeks. We applied ourselves really well and showed a lot of character, mental and physical toughness, as the game wore on we tired, which was to be expected and on another day we could have taken something from the game. Credit must go to Blaby who showed why they are serious title contenders. We worked them hard and gave them plenty to think about, and under the circumstances I am extremely proud of our performance today.”