Paul Romney backs Holbrook Sports squad to come up trumps

A SUPERB win for fast-improving Awsworth Villa.
A SUPERB win for fast-improving Awsworth Villa.

Holbrook Sports boss Paul Romney has given his backing to his full squad after Saturday’s 5-1 win over Holwell Sports.

Holbrook went in 4-0 at the break after a suberb first half, which included an opening goal after just 15 seconds, before seeing out the job after the break.

Romney said: “We got off to an absolute flyer and never looked back. It was great to see strikers Stephen Akers deservedly back on the score sheet and Ross Coxon getting a brace.

“Skipper Niall Mather also put a captain’s performance with a brace of penalties and also a stint in between the posts.

“We have a busy period coming with Derbyshire Senior Cups and League Cup games and then the festive period, so we will be using the squad to its full and I’m more than confident that they can all perform when called upon.”

Holbrook took the lead after only 15 seconds when Stephen Akers’ goalbound effort was deflected passed the stranded Holwell keeper.

The Brookies doubled their lead on eight minutes after the referee awarded a penalty for a needless push in the area.

Niall Mather stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way.

Another needless push in the area after 20 minutes saw Holbrook awarded a second penalty, which Niall Mather again dispatched in exactly the same way to make it 3-0.

The game was over effectively as a contest after 36 minutes when Ross Coxon bravely headed home a cross from the right.

Holwell came out in the second half with the wind at the backs and pulled a goal back after 50 minutes.

A brilliant turn and cross from former Premiership player Julian Joachim was headed into the top corner by Graham Wells.

Any hopes of a Holwell fightback lasted only 60 seconds as substitute Ryan Baker collected the ball on the halfway line and his pace saw him pass two Holwell Sports defenders before squaring the ball for Ross Coxon to slot home his second of the match.

Holbrook should have added to their total but the only action of any consequence happened after 80 minutes when Holbrook goalkeeper Danny Graves got badly injured trying to deal with an awkward cross in the high winds and skipper Niall Mather was forced to pull on the gloves for the final 10 minutes.