Holbrook Sports recorded their first win in nearly four years against a strong Borrowash Victoria side on Saturday in the East Midlands Counties League.
The hard-fought win could have been more emphatic than the final score of 3-2 suggested. A goal from man-of-the-match and captain Sam Ridgard after 27 minutes set the tone of the game. Borrowash pulled a goal back in injury time of the first half through the impressive Callum Thompson.
Holbrook regained the lead after 50 minutes when Stephen Akers capped a fine individual performance after a mazy run and a curled finish into the top corner to dampen the visiting team’s spirits.
The lead was increased further after a flowing move from Holbrook and Craig Lewin rose unopposed to head home a fantastic cross from Adam Clarke.
Holbrook’s organisation and disciplined performance thwarted Borrowash too long range shots from outside the box and, as Borrowash pressed to get back in the game, they gave Holbrook further chances to finish the game with Ridgard, Wright and debutant Haslam all going close as the game became stretched.
Hardworking Marc Finlay showed why he is one of the top strikers in the league when he finished with aplomb after a lapse in Holbrook defence in the 93rd minute, which set up a nervy final two minutes for the resolute Holbrook defence.
Holbrook Sports manager Paul Romney said: “I am obviously very pleased with the result against a very good Borrowash side. It is always a difficult game and to score three goals against one of the leading teams in the league is testament to our players’ belief in their ability. We knew a performance of this stature was coming, and today we executed our game plan to perfection. We were organised and difficult to break down. We could have added to our goal tally. We are a young side and we are gaining the experience to compete at this level.”
He added: “All credit must go to the players for their work ethic and application in achieving their first win in close on four years against Borrowash, one of the league’s promotion favourites.
“We now hope we can push on from here and put a good run of form together.”