Holbrook Sports pick up first point of 2015

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Holbrook Sports secured their first point of 2015 to end a dismal run of six consecutive defeats with a 2-2 draw against Blaby & Whetstone Athletic.

It had looked like they would claim all three points until the visitors levelled in the 78th minute.

‘This was a real test of our character after a poor sequence of results’

Paul Romney - Holbrook Sports manager

Holbrook boss Paul Romney said: “This game was a real test of our character after a poor sequence of results. We have been performing well recently, but not getting the results that we deserved.

“We put a lot of hard work into our performance today and with a bit of luck could have achieved all three points. On reflection it was a fair result against one of the sides pushing for promotion and we now have a platform to build upon over the latter part of the season.”

Ashley Hayes gave Holbrook the lead after 15 minutes with a stunning 25 yard finish to beat the outstretched Blaby keeper after fine approach play by debutant Mauro Giaracuni.

Holbrook’s lead was shortlived when, two minutes later, a mishit clearance fell to Blabys Stu Verrall who hit the post and the rebound was despatched by Blaby’s Aaron Preston.

Holbrook were a threat throughout the remainder of the half and could count themselves unfortunate not to take a half time lead when Kyle Hazeldine burst through only to see his goal bound shot go narrowly wide.

The second half was very similar to the first and, after 61 minutes, the impressive Ashley Hayes was impeded in the Blaby area and the resultant penalty was converted by captain Niall Mather to give Holbrook a deserved lead.

Holbrook’s confidence was high and their play was expressive and they now had control of the game,.

But their joy was dealt a blow in the 78th minute when a needless free kick was conceded a couple of yards outside their box.

The free-kick seemed to evade the Holbrook defence and Blaby’s Stu Verrall ghosted in on the blind side to equalise from six yards.

The equaliser put Blaby in the ascendancy and a head injury sustained by Holbrook’s Matt Harris in the 80th minute meant a ten man Holbrook had to produce a backs to the wall final to secure a hard earned and deserved point.

Holbrook Sports: Graves, Drake, Dodds (Carney), Gregory (Ross), Mather, Peverley, Giaracuni (Black), Hazeldine, Hayes, Akers, Harris

Subs unused: Bibby, Hallsworth.

Holbrook man of the match: Stephen Akers.

Attendance: 45.