Sports earn plum tie with extra-time goal

HOLBROOK Sports recorded a fine extra-time victory over hosts Long Eaton United on Tuesday in the Derbyshire Senior Cup.

United started brightly and immediately took the game to Holbrook.

After ten minutes, an excellent 25-yard effort was pushed away by Simon Lillie in the Holbrook Sports goal. Shortly afterwards, the Long Eaton Keeper was lucky to escape a card after a last ditch challenge on Aaron Brady, who was playing against his old club.

He subsequently got up to make the save from the free-kick. The rest of the half was short of any real goalscoring opportunities as both teams cancelled each other out.

The second half was all Holbrook as they attacked Long Eaton, who appeared to only want to catch Holbrook on the break. Numerous glorious chances fell to Sports to win the game but Long Eaton held out.

Extra time followed and the game became stretched. Both sides had chances to win the tie but, with 110 minutes gone, the vital chance fell to Holbrook Sports’ substitute Curtis Williamson, who calmly passed the ball past the onrushing keeper to seal the tie.

The prize was massive, an away trip to Football League club Chesterfield F.C in the next round.

Holbrook Sports manager Paul Romnney said: “Our lads had been playing brilliant for a number of games now and not always getting the results they deserved. We fully deserved our victory tonight against a very good Long Eaton side. “Chesterfield F.C away in the next round is a reward for the hard work that players, management, coaches and committee put into this football club and we will go and enjoy our moment.”