Naive Holbrook Sports beaten by Holwell Sports

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Holbrook Sports extended a festive welcome to Holwell Sports by twice squandering the lead and gifting all four goals to the opposition.

Holbrook fired a two goal salvo in the opening 25 minutes with goals from Isaac Minott after 12 minutes and the second coming from man of the match Kyle Hazeldine after 25 minutes.

But they were unable to close out the game and get the points, much to the disappointment of boss Paul Romney.

“We have a very youthful squad and we are very much a work in progress,” said Romney.

“We showed the very good side of us, but also the naïve side of our play. Once this squad gains the experience of this league they will be more than capable of closing out these types of games.

“We have struggled at times this season when we have been in winning positions and we will improve with experience.

“The lads are bitterly disappointed, but are very determined to improve and I could not fault their work ethic and commitment out there. Their youthful exuberance is a pleasure to watch and they will only improve in time.”

Although Holbrook had much of the possession, Holwell Sports would not give up the cause and, on a few occasions on the counter-attack, they suggested that they could be a threat.

And, four minutes before half-time, that threat was materialised when a corner was cleared to the edge of the box for a waiting Scott Mooney to fire in his first of an impressive hat-trick off the post.

Within in a minute of the second-half Holbrook’s naivety again reared its ugly head for the numerous occasion this season and Scott Mooney was gifted the ball for the easiest of finishes for his second of the game.

Holbrook were clearly rocked by this lapse in concentration and it looked like the visitors would increase their lead, until the 61st minute when Minott steered in a cross from Jake Dodds to restore Holbrook’s advantage.

Eight minutes later and Holbrook’s youthful and naïve side again afforded Scott Mooney too much time and space and he duly completed his Hat trick with a curling shot past the outstretched Danny Graves in the Holbrook goal.

Further woes were to ensue in the 76th minute when an unmarked Kieren Foster had plenty of time to pick his spot to finally put Holbrook to the sword.

A late rally by Holbrook saw Louis Ratcliffe go close twice as did Bowler and Wright, but Holbrook’s Achilles heel of not being tight and organised manifested itself yet again and they finished their 2014 league campaign with a crushing defeat.

Holbrook Sports: Graves, Fitzhugh, Dodds, Peverley, Ross, Hayes, Akers ( Ratcliffe) Hazeldine, Minott ( Harris), Bowler, Minshull ( Wright)

Subs unused: Thompson, Hooley

Holbrook man of the match : Kyle Hazeldine.