Paul Romney delighted as Holbrook Sports defeat Kimberley MW

Kimberley Miners Welfare FC v Holbrook Sports
Kimberley Miners Welfare FC v Holbrook Sports

Holbrook Sports boss Paul Romney praised his team’s ability to cope with poor conditions during their 3-1 win at Kimberley MW.

Goals from Seb Szondi, Matt Harris and Ryan Baker secured Holbrook’s second away win inside four days

Kimberley Miners Welfare FC v Holbrook Sports

Kimberley Miners Welfare FC v Holbrook Sports

Romney said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the team’s performance in horrendous conditions. Its’ never easy to come to Kimberley and take the three points.

“As I said in midweek, I am pleased with the depth of the squad and, even though we were missing four key players, the others came in and did very well for us.

“We have had two very good away wins in the space of only four days and hopefully we can keep the momentum going against Anstey Nomads next week.’

Romney had to make four changes to the side that knocked Borrowash Vics out of the Derbyshie Senior Cup in midweek.

Jermaine Palmer, Ross Coxon, Chris King were all unavailable, while skipper Niall Mather was serving out a one match ban.

Matt Harris and Nduoma Chilaka returned and Macca Collins and Adam Lillie came in on the bench.

The game started in torrential rain on a sodden pitch and it was Holbrook that took avantage and an early lead when Seb Szondi stabbed home from close range 10 minutes.

Holbrook thought they had doubled the lead after 20 minutes when Ndouma Chilaka’s diving header found the net, but the referee disallowed the effort for pushing.

The rest of the half was even as both sides tried to get used to the heavy conditions.

The second half started evenly, but Holbrook had a great chance to double the lead when Stephen Akers was put through one on one but he took too long and the defence managed to get back and the opportnity went begging.

It looked like Kimberley were going to make them pay for that miss as the left-back was allowed to come forward and smash a shot from 30 yards out into the top corner to level.

Holbrook immediately went looking for another goal and, three minutes later, took the lead for a second time when Matt Harris curled a great freekick from the edge of the area into the top corner.

Kimberley then threw everything at Holbrook for 15 minutes, but the defence stood firm and when needed Kyle Hazeldine stepped in with some crucial blocks.

After 85 minutes Kimberley were caught out by a quick break and were reduced to 10 men after a last ditch challenge.

Against the 10 men, gaps were starting to appear and, with only two minutes to go, Ryan Baker found himself totally free in the area and he coolly controlled the ball and smashed it into the roof of the net.

Holbrook Sports: D.Graves, R.Labbate, J.Coulson, S.Foster, L.Mitchell, S.Szondi, A.Hayes, N.Chilaka, K.Hazeldine, M.Harris, S.Akers.

Subs: R.Baker, M.Collins, V.Hallsworth, A.Lillie,

Man of the Match: Lee Mitchell.