Stirring second half fightback earns a point on opening day for Holbrook Sports

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A spirited second half fightback saw Holbrook Sports overcome a first half brace by Dan Stevenson to claim a hard-fought point in their opening game of the season on Saturday against Anstey Nomads.

A triple substitution five minutes into the second half quickly paid dividends when the impressive Stephen Akers was tripped for a penalty in the 66th minute, which Paul Fisher coolly slotted home. 12 minutes later, a fantastic finish by man of match Ashley Hayes set up a stirring end with Holbrook in the ascendency. Anstey managed to weather the storm and the honours were shared.

Manager Paul Romney said: “The old cliche a game of two halves was applicable to this game.”

He added: “We were slow from the first whistle and lacked composure and quality when required, we were soon two goals down, and we were struggling to get a foothold in the game during the first half.

“The substitutions after half time changed the game in our favour and the team can be proud of the way they came back and with a bit more luck they could of took all three points.”