Isaac Minott hat-trick seals win for Holbrook Sports


An Isaac Minott hat-trick, his third of the season, was the difference as Holbrook Sports defeated Graham St Prims 4-1.

Holbrook Sports started the brighter of the two sides and Minott hit the post after seven minutes, before Sam Ridgard also went close.

The opening goal was a superb solo effort after Jake Thompson played a sublime pass into the path of Minott, who ran 35 yards and rounded two defenders and the goalkeeper for a simple tap in and his 20th goal of the season.

The goal spurred Prims into life and the lively Seb Zondi was causing Holbrook problems with his creativity from wide areas.

And, on 35 minutes after some sustained Prims pressure they were rewarded from a training ground set piece corner, which an unmarked Toby Howard converted with a header into the roof of the net.

The equaliser rallied Holbrook and Louis Ratcliffe was denied by the keeper and post with a header from a corner. Benn Minshull and Minott again were also denied in the closing stages of the first half.

The second half saw Holbrook up the tempo and the introduction of substitute Cory Bowler gave the Prims defence problems.

In the 63rd minute a mazy cross field run and shot by Louis Ratcliffe was parried by the prims keeper onto the on rushing head of Isaac Minott to put Holbrook into a deserved lead.

Five minutes later Cory Bowler was gifted an opportunity after the Prims centre-half was pressurised into a mistake by Minott and Cory Bowler finished to make it 3-1.

The game was put beyond Prims reach when, in the 77th minute, a cross from the right was fumbled by the Prims keeper Jack Anderson on the goalline and Isaac Minott had the simplest of tap ins to complete his hat-trick and his 22nd goal of a memorable season.

Prims kept pushing and showed hard work and endeavour, but ultimately their undoing was by their own mistakes and clinical finishing by the Holbrook forwards.

Speaking after the game boss Paul Romney said: “Prims made it very difficult for us today and, after some warranted harsh words at half-time, we came out and increased the tempo of our game.

“We got our rewards for the hard work we put in. Our game is built upon hard work and we if we do not show the desire and intensity for hard work we can struggle.

“I was very pleased with our second half response and thought we fully deserved the win”

Team: Graves, Thompson, Dodds, Peverley, Ross, Hazeldine, Fitzhugh (Bowler), Minshull, Minott ( Hallsworth), Ridgard ( Drake), Ratcliffe

Subs Unused: Black, Hooley.

Att: 44.

Holbrook Man of the Match: Kyle Hazeldine.