Holbrook Sports U16s got back to winning ways with a convincing 5-2 win over local rivals Heanor Staffs at Whitemoor on Saturday morning.
The game ebbed and flowed in the early stages with both sides going close.
It was Heanor, however, who broke the deadlock after a long throw caused havoc in the Holbrook box resulting in an easy tap in for the Staffs forward.
Sports proceeded to dominate the remainder of the half, going close on a number of occasions with Asa Shelton dictating play from his wing back position.
Indeed it was a Shelton-inspired attack that lead to the equalizer on 40 minutes with Jackson scoring directly from the resulting corner.
The second half began brightly for the home side and it wasn’t long before top marksman Connor Bradley to get his name on the scoresheet, expertly finishing from close range after a great through ball by Jackson.
Heanor got men behind the ball but Sports continued to press and, after some excellent interpassing wing play, Bradley added his second and Holbrook’s third.
The home side’s stranglehold on the game was complete when captain Adam Attwater bravely headed home after a fine cross from Alex Walker.
At 4-1 up, Holbrook were cruising, making light of the heavy pitch and, with ten minutes remaining, Harry Bell completed the rout with a close range tap-in as the Heanor keeper could only parry the ball into the path of the incoming defender.
With seconds remaining, Staffs pulled a goal back after a mix-up in the home side’s defence.
Holbrook’s man of the match Asa Shelton
(Photo by Terry Fletcher)