Holbrook Sports boss has few complaints despite late leveller

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Holbrook Sports had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Radford after being pegged back by an 84th minute equaliser.

Dave Udoh salvaged a point at the death to deny Sports in what had been an highly entertaining game.

Despite the late strike, Holbrook boss Paul Romney had few complaints with the score.

“On reflection the result was a fair one,” he said.

“Radford dominated the opening exchanges and we showed a resilence that has been missing over the past few months.

“Once we overcame the initial onslaught we grew into the game and our true character and tempo of play emerged and we could of have had the lead at half time.

“In the past two games we have taken vital points off two of the top four sides in the league and we are confident that we can have a strong finish to the season.”

Radford started the game brightly and put Holbrook on the back foot for a 20 minute opening spell.

But a combination of stout defending by man-of-the-match Joshua Ross and poor decision making when Radford counter attacked force allowed Holbrook to steadily grow into the game.

As the first half developed it was the hosts who had the better clear cut chances.

Kyle Hazeldine broke free and was denied by a good save by the young Radford keeper and with, five minutes remaining in the half, Matt Harris was a whisker away with a diving header.

Holbrook started the second half brightly and their hard work was rewarded when the persistence of Matt Harris forced uncertainty in the Radford defence and he was presented with the easiest of chances in the 48th minute to put the home side ahead.

There was a surge of renewed confidence in the Holbrook performance and they were clearly on top until the 84th minute when a amoment of indecision in the Holbrook defence resulted in a cross being glanced in by the head of Dave Udoh to set up a tense and nervy final five minutes of the game.

Both teams responded and each had chances to increase the lead as the game ebbed away.

Holbrook Sports: Graves, Drake, Dodds, Ross, Mather, Peverley, Fitzhugh, Hazeldine, Akers ( Carney), Harris, Giaracuni ( Black). Subs unused: Bibby, Hallsworth, Gregory.

Holbrook man of the match : Joshua Ross.

Att: 55.