A win and then a loss for Sports over the Bank Holiday weekend

FOOTBALL Holbrook Sports v Kimberley MW
FOOTBALL Holbrook Sports v Kimberley MW

A third win within a week maintained Holbrook Sports unbeaten start to the season on Saturday, as they beat hosts Radcliffe 5-2.

A dour first half saw Holbrook Sports take the lead after 17 minutes when Sam Ridgard bundled the ball into the net from a yard out.Isaac Minott hit the post five minutes later and further chances went begging.

The first ten minutes of the second half saw the game come alive when Radcliffe were awarded a penalty, which was converted by Lee Potts. Within three minutes, Holbrook had restored their advantage when Sam Ridgard rifled in a shot from just outside the penalty area.

The lead was to be shortlived when Ben Elliott equalised three minutes later for Radcliffe. Parity was to remain for only a minute when Holbrook were awarded their first of two penalties in the game and captain Niall Mather restored Holbrook’s advantage. 15 minutes later, man of the match Nduoma Chilaka added a fourth goal with a calm and clinical finish.

On 75 minutes, the game was effectively over for Radcliffe when they impeded Isaac Minott in the box and conceded a second penalty, duly dispatched by Niall Mather for his second of the game.

Manager Paul Romney said: “We were lethargic in the first half and could not find any tempo to our play. We had a few harsh words with the players at half-time and we got the response we were looking for.

“We were good value for the win and we are really pleased with the position we find ourselves in.

“The character and the depth of the squad is deep and we are confident going into each game”.

n Then, on Bank Holiday Monday, they entertained South Normanton Athletic in a clash between the top two in the division.

The visitors ended up winning 2-0 through goals from Anthony Fay and Samuel Griffiths.

They are now top of the table with Holbrook Sports in second position.