Sports stretch their unbeaten start to season to three games

Holbrook Sports secured a 3-2 victory over Anstey Nomads on Saturday in the East Midlands Counties League, their first victory of the campaign.

Sports had recorded a pair of 1-1 draws in their opening two games and this win has stretched their unbeaten start to the season to three matches.

The scoreline suggests that this was a close encounter, but other than a nervy last 20 minutes, Holbrook Sports dominated the game and could have been more goals to the good before Anstey scored on the hour mark.

A brace from Paul Fisher and a close range finish from Isaac Minott secured three points.

A combination of poor finishing and bad luck gave Anstey hope in a very one-sided game.

Chances went begging from Isaac Minott, Sam Ridgard and Nduoma Chilaka in the early stages of the first half.

The second half was a one-sided affair and two quick goals in three minutes ensured Holbrook Sports gained their first victory of the EMCL season.

Anstey kept plugging away and pulled one back on the hour mark, which unsettled Holbrook, who looked edgy and with three minutes remaining, Anstey’s Shane Gibbs’s second of the match gave Holbrook the jitters with the final whistle in sight.

But Holbrook staved off a late flurry of pressure from Anstey to keep their unbeaten start intact.

Holbrook Sports’ manager Paul Romney said after the victory: “Our objective today was to gain three points, which we achieved.”

He continued: “The scoreline flattered Anstey as we could have been out of sight before they pulled one back.

“We are creating good chances and on another day our strikers would be coming away with a hat-trick apiece.” Paul Romney concluded: “We are pleased with how this week has gone and we believe that we have a lot more to offer.”

The next game for Holbrook Sports takes place tonight (Wednesday) when Barrow Town are the visitors. The game against the visitors from Leicestershire kicks off at 7.45pm.

On Saturday, Sports will be off on their travels when they take on Radcliffe Olympic with the league game starting at 3pm.