Yet again West Bridgford were without key players for the home game against 17th placed Holbrook Sports – the home side looking to extend unbeaten run and consolidate 3rd place.
Bridgford started the game tentatively and came under early pressure with Dave Erentz clearing after a mistake by Jonathan Ventrella and keeper Sam Clark punching clear from a dangerous corner.
After 13 minutes a defensive mix-up involving Kevin Spriggs and Tom Coole allowed Holbrook’s pacey striker Isaac Minott to open the scoring. 0-1 (Holbrook Sports)
The home side reacted well but missed good chances, Tom Coole had a cross shot palmed over by keeper Chris Whitely, Jurgen Charlesworth missed from 6 yards following good work by Ed Hodgson who himself should of equalised on 34 minutes but was slow to capatilise.
On the 35th minute West Bridgford levelled – leading scorer Carl Westcarr was fouled in the box and subsequently stepped up and slotted the ball home from the penalty spot. 1-1
With a minute of the half remaining the West Bridgford defence resembled the parting of the red sea as they allowed the impressive Thomas Cooper-Richards to stride through from his own half to secure a half time lead for the away side. 1-2 (Holbrook Sports)
In the second half Abou Sylla replaced Ed Hodgson to spark a West Bridgford revival but in the 62nd minute Holbrook extended their lead – a long range Labrada Domini shot took a wicked deflection to thwart keeper Sam Clark and loop into the net. 1-3 (Holbrook Sports)
Both sides made substitutions with Will Heath returning for the home side after 3 months out injured.
The reds were given a lifeline on 78 minutes when a fine cross from Jurgen Charlesworth gave Tim Hopkinson the opportunity to head home and reduce the deficit. 2-3 (Holbrook Sports)
Despite further home pressure, Bridgford wasted two great chances at the death and could not get the all important equaliser their play deserved and in fact might have gone further behind when Isacc Minott missed from close range in the final minute.
FT West Bridgford 2-3 Holbrook Sports
Man Of The Match: Tom Coole
Joint Manager Stuart Robinson was disappointed with result, ‘I thought we perhaps deserved a point given the chances that we created, it was one of those days though and we got punished three times on the counter attack. Take nothing away from Holbrook though who were excellent’