Holbrook made to work hard for a 4-0 success

A hard-fought 4-0 victory in difficult conditions at home to Aylestone Park on Saturday gave Holbrook Sports their third win in the last four games in the East Midlands Counties League.

The scoreline flattered Holbrook, as a resolute and plucky Aylestone approached the game with real intent and will count themselves unfortunate to be on the end of four-goal defeat.

Man of the match Josh Wright opened the scoring after 12 minutes when he rounded the goalkeeper after a weighted through ball from Sam Ridgard.

Aylestone continued to press and were unfortunate not to get an equaliser, but the Holbrook defence stood firm and were superbly marshalled by Ashley Hayes.

Afetr the half-time break, the visiting side adapted well to the difficult underfoot conditions and for the first 15 minutes of the second half Holbrook found it difficult to clear their lines and get a foothold in the game.

On the hour mark, substitute Dominic Hayes replaced Mark Szuta and had an immediate impact on the game and could have opened his account with his first touch of the game. Ten minutes later, Dominic Hayes was at hand to convert from close range after good work by substitute Nigel Haslam.

Aylestone then threw caution to the wind and went with three at the back, and in the 78th minute the space created was exploited by Haslam, who ran from deep inside his own half to coolly finish.

Josh wright added to his tally in the 82nd minute with a goal poacher’s finish after a shot from Dominic Hayes rebounded off the keeper into his path to take his goal return to four in the last four games.

Manager Paul Romney said: “This was a hard fought win against a side who were intent on taking the game to us, the conditions underfoot were difficult and I thought Aylestone adapted to the conditions a lot better than us.

“We had to dig in deep and work very hard for this result. I’m really pleased for the team as we have got the rewards for our hard work and confidence is high. The scoreline somewhat flattered us, and Aylestone can count themselves unfortunate not to take something from the game, but we always felt that if we matched their workrate we would get something from the game.”