Frontrunners get the better of Holbrook Sports

Holbrook Sports lost 2-0 on Saturday against league leaders Thurnby Nirvana in the East Midlands Counties League.

A lethargic start, coupled with a pair of very early mistakes, saw Thurnby Nirvana take a two-goal lead with a severely deflected shot from Shaun Phillips which looped over the keeper.

A minute later and another defensive lapse let in Joe French to score from close range.

Holbrook were clearly shocked by their laboured start and could not shake themselves out of their rut on a heavy pitc.

The past two weeks had seen Holbrook play against two teams who are vying for promotion and the efforts against these two sides has taken its toll on the performance of the players after the long weather enforced lay-off.

As the game progressed, Holbrook defended well and matched Thurnby with their increased work rate, although the home side had rarely threatened the Thurnby keeper until the 82nd minute.

A header from Josh Hooley cannoned off the upright to safety, to prevent a nervy ending for Thurnby.

There was a renewed optimism for Holbrook after this close call but unfortunately they could not breach a very good Thurnby team.

After the game, manager Paul Romney said: “The slow start to the game and the errors we made which led to the goals made for a very difficult game for us, and we toiled on a heavy pitch against a very good Thurnby team. I thought our performance was laboured and that we lacked a spark and the creativity to cause them any real problems.

“All credit must go to Thurnby who came here and gave a very polished performance and you could see why they are on top of the league.”