Holbrook hampered by illness to players as they lose at home

Danny Graves, Holbrook Sports
Danny Graves, Holbrook Sports

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Thurnby Nirvana 4

Four player withdrawals on the morning of the game due to illness and injury hampered Holbrook’s chance of extending their recent run of good form, and with late replacements carrying injuries, it was always going to be an uphill task.

Holbrook started brightly enough but their hopes were soon dashed when two goals in quick succession by Thurnby’s leading scorer Matt Melbourne and the impressive Ash Day effectively ended the game .

From thereon in, Holbrook struggled to impose their fluid passing game and Thurnby continued to ask questions of the Holbrook defence.

Holbrook keeper Danny Graves was pressed into action more and more as the game progressed and if it wasn’t for his commanding presence, Holbrook could have come away with a heavier defeat.

A further two goals in the second half by Reece Morris and substitute Joel Potter secured the three points and Holbrook left the field dejected and frustrated by the manner of their defeat.

Manager Paul Romney said: “To lose four players before the game with illness was a blow. We came up against a very strong and well-organised Thurnby and we had to be at our best to get anything.

“Unfortunately, this was not the case and full credit must go to Thurnby for the way they imposed their game plan onto us and limited us to very few chances. We have a week to assess the missing players and I am sure we will be a lot more positive at home next Saturday to Ellistown.”