Report: Holbrook Sports 1-1 Eastwood CFC

Matt Clowes (left) goes up for a header.
Matt Clowes (left) goes up for a header.

Eastwood were brought back down to earth in a 1-1 draw with a scrappy, hard-working Holbrook St Michaels side just days after being named February’s team of the month.

Eastwood have found their feet recently in the league and are now in the semi-finals of the Phoenix Trophies Floodlit Cup, but bottom of the league Holbrook weren’t going to be pushed aside easily.

Community fans were pleased to see the return of striker Nick Hewer, particularly given they were without last week’s goal scorers Tom Budd and Lewis Bentley.

It took until the 36th minute for the crowd to witness any real action, when Eastwood had a penalty claim for handball turned down.

Play continued in a messy fashion until Eastwood gave away a free-kick that provided Holbrook with an opportunity to take the lead. Natthawat Areerat stepped over the ball and struck a curling effort that caught the visitors out, Andy Fretwell able to get a hand to it but unable to stop the ball from finding the net.

Eastwood took the game by the scruff of its neck in the second-half and it didn’t take long for them to get level.

A long ball from a Jordan Leeming free-kick caused Holbrook problems in their area, they failed to deal with it and Matt Clowes put the ball in from close range.

Defences remained resolute, keeping opportunities at a premium, Fretwell able to gather another Holbrook free-kick.

Eastwood then created two good openings that could have won them the game, Jake Danby firing a free-kick just over the bar and then the same player rattling the crossbar in the closing stages.

A poor game then ended on a sour note as Eastwood striker Kye Hall was adjudged to have raised his hands to Jordan Butcher, Hall sent off and Butcher booked for his part in the fracas despite Hall claiming he had been provoked.

Eastwood next travel to Hucknall Town on Saturday before then hosting fellow strugglers Southwell City at Coronation Park on Wednesday.