Paul Romney delighted by gutsy Holbrook Sports fightback

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Delighted Holbrook Sports boss Paul Romney praised the character of his players after they beat Borrowash Victoria 4-2 despite being down to 10 men.

Holbrook had been reduced to 10 men on 55 minutes when Ashley Hayes was red-carded, before they scored two unanswered goals to wrap up the points.

Speaking after the game Manager Paul Romney said: “We started slowly and had to work hard to get into the game. Once we went down to ten men the game opened up for us and we showed a lot of character and I thought we were worthy winners.

“The players yet again responded positively and showed courage when the chips were down after the sending off. This result may just give us the platform to build upon and drive us forward to a strong finish to the season.”

Holbrook Sports were stunned after only four minutes when Sam Tozer stabbed home from six yards to open the scoring for Borrowash Victoria.

Holbrook’s slow start to the game could of worsened minutes later when both Arash Abdouahi and Lee Fell went close with chances.

Sports had a goal disallowed on 20 minutes when Matt Harris was ruled to have impeded Chris Dodsley when he bundled the ball into the net.

This spurred Holbrook on and they levelled in the 39th minute when Matt Harris scored from close range following a mix up by two Borrowash defenders.

Holbrook were now in the ascendancy and five minutes later they took the lead after a fierce strike from Ryan Fitzhugh.

A buoyant Holbrook started the second half brightly, but a miscommunication in the defence after only four minutes resulted in a soft own goal.

In the 55th minute Holbrook’s task was made so much harder when Ashley Hayes, a substitute who had only been on the pitch for two minutes, was red carded for denying a goal scoring chance for Abdouahi.

But Holbrook responded well to the setback and went ahead on 63 minutes when Niall Mather scored his 12th goal of the season from the penatly spot.

The game was wrapped up in the 83rd minute when substitute Sam Ridgard scored with a superb solo effort.

Holbrook Sports: Graves, Drake (Thompson), Dodds, Ross, Mather, Hazeldine, Fitzhugh (Ridgard), Akers, Harris, Carney, Giaracuni (Hayes)

Subs unused: Black, Gregory.

Attendance: 42.

Holbrook man of the match: Matt Harris.