Holbrook Sports turned in a dominant display on Saturday as they returned to the top of the East Midlands Counties League, beating host Greenwood Meadows 3-0.
Indifferent finishing spared Greenwood’s blushes in what could have been an even heavier defeat.
The tone of the game was set from the kick off when Sam Ridgard flashed a header straight into the keeper’s hands. Chances for Holbrook were bountiful with Kyle Hazeldine and Isaac Minott going close in the opening ten minutes. Sam Ridgard, who was afforded freedom by the Greenwood defence, finally broke the deadlock when he met a cross from Kyle Hazeldine to volley home from 12 yards in the 26th minute.
Three minutes later, Isaac Minott smashed home a cross from the impressive Nduoma Chilaka to increase Holbrook’s lead. Holbrook’s superiority was clearly evident and they were guilty of not taking their chances to extend their lead before half-time.
The second half was a carbon copy of the first with Holbrook having a lot of possession but they were unable to convert this into goals. Greenwood’s stiff resistance finally succumbed to a clinical finish from Sam Ridgard in the 80th minute for his second of the game.
Ryan Fitzhugh, Isaac Minott, Cory Bowler and Nduoma Chilaka had chances to extend Holbrook’s lead in the final stages of the game.
Manager Paul Romney said: “We are very pleased with the way we have responded to last Monday’s defeat. This game could have been out of Greenwood’s reach by half-time. We are creating chances from all areas of the pitch and look a potent threat going forward, we know we must improve in converting these chances and that’s an area we will be working on this week in training.
“All in all it was a good performance.”
and we did more than enough to be worthy winners.”