Sports respond to setback in style with resounding victory

Holbrook Sports v Anstey Nomads. Curtis Williamson

Holbrook Sports v Anstey Nomads. Curtis Williamson

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Holbrook Sports bounced back in fine style from last week’s setback at Ibstock Welfare to resoundingly win this East Midlands Counties League game 4-0 at home to Anstey Nomads.

The opening goal came in the 19th minute courtesy of Curtis Williamson after a square ball was intercepted by the lively Paul Fisher, who in turn released Williamson, and he calmly drew the keeper and produced a clinical finish.

For a short period after going ahead, Holbrook looked vulnerable with a probing Anstey side asking questions of the defence. The pressure was relieved in the 40th minute when a deft ball into Paul Fisher from Cory Bowler saw the striker volley home from close range to give Holbrook a half-time lead of 2-0.

Holbrook started the second half brightly and further increased their lead after 55 minutes when Cory Bowler burst through the Anstey defence to set up Paul Fisher, who drew the goalkeeper before slotting past him for his brace.

Five minutes later the game was over as a contest when a surging run from midfielder Chris King saw home combine with debutant Cameron Martin, who played a weighted ball into his path and King duly despatched the ball into the net for the fourth and final goal of the contest.

With 20 minutes to go and after using all their substitutes, Holbrook went down to ten men due to a hamstring injury to King, resolute defending was the order of the day and a well marshalled defence kept a deserved clean sheet.

Jubilant head coach Tim Smith said after the game: “We were looking for a positive response after last week’s defeat. The team went about their business in a determined manner and to score four goals and keep a clean sheet was their just reward for their application in training this last week.

“The confidence of the squad is high and they are maturing into a well-organised group and we have high hopes for the squad over the next couple of seasons.”

Man of the Match was Adam Corrigan