Romney praises his Holbrook troops after big victory

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Holbrook Sports overcame Aylestone Park 4-1, with manager Paul Romney praising his side’s performance.

Sports went behind early on but hit back to record a comprehensive victory.

Manager Romney says his team performed well and that they could even have enjoyed a greater margin of victory.

He said: “We huffed and puffed in the first half and our decision-making in the final third of the pitch was questionable.

“We remained patient and we felt it was only a matter of time before we converted our dominance into goals.

“We fully deserved our win and the credit must go to the players who stuck at their task and could have quite easily won by a bigger margin, but we are pleased with the three points and we’ll look to improve on this performance.”

Aylestone took a surprise 10th-minute lead through Carlton Beardmore’s fine near-post finish.

The hosts went on to dominate the rest of the half and could count themselves unfortunate not to be leading at half-time after Isaac Minott, Josh Wright, Kyle Hazeldine and Louis Ratcliffe were all denied by excellent saves on more than one occasion by the Aylestone ‘keeper.

A patient Holbrook finally equalised through captain Niall Mather 11 minutes into the second half after a corner from Ryan Fitzhugh dropped to the feet of Mather two yards out and he finished unopposed to level up the scores.

Isaac Minott added to his season’s impressive goal tally with a close range header after 67 minutes after another well-delivered corner from Fitzhugh.

Holbrook then continued to press and create chances with substitutes Sam Ridgard and Jake Peverley scuffing efforts wide,

The points were eventually secured by a fine individual finish by the impressive Joshua Wright, after good work by Jake Dodds

Holbrook weren’t finished there and their man of the match Kyle Hazeldine got his just rewards for a fine individual performance, when he netted late on.

Before the match captain Niall Mather was presented with a commemorative cap by Chairman Lee Bell to reward his 100th senior game for the club.

Niall joins Vaughn Hallsworth, Craig Black and Sam Ridgard who were also inducted into the Holbrook Sports hall of fame this season.

Romney praised Niall’s achievement. He said: “At our level, player loyalty can be difficult to maintain.

“Niall has been a fabulous servant to the club and he joins the company of club legends Vaughn, Craig and Sam Ridgard who have given their all for the club.”

Holbrook: Graves, Thompson, Black, Green, Mather, Hayes (Ridgard), Fitzhugh, Hazeldine, Minott ( Peverley), Wright, Ratcliffe (Dodds).

Att: 45