Howell continued their good form from Saturday’s FA Cup win with an assured, slick and competent victory over a confident Anstey in front of nearly 80 fans on Tuesday.
Playing their first home game of the season, Holwell came out of the blocks like a rocket and found themselves in front after only three minutes when new signing Dean Copson bundled the ball over the line from the first corner of the match.
With Chris Hibbitt and Ian Bitmead missing from Saturday’s line-up, Michael Stevenson was back after illness and new boy Cameron Corkett slotted in at centre-half alongside Aaron Ridout.
Anstey were chasing shadows early on as the home side attacked at will. But the defence held firm until the 25th minute when Liam Chapman was sent clear on the left and his strong shot from the edge of the box gave the keeper no chance.
Holwell dominated the rest of the first half, leaving Anstey frustrated at their lack of chances.
Anstey came back after half-time, no doubt stunned by the high tempo of Holwell’s play, but still they could not break the hosts down.
Holwell had chances to kill the game off with Graham Wells and Julian Joachim forging a good partnership up top, served well by young Tom Harris on the right, Copson and Stevenson in midfield and Chapman on the left.
Holwell’s play was slick with good pressing and flowing football which bodes well for the rest of the campaign.
Ellistown is the destination again on Saturday for the second week running for a league clash which promises to be much closer than the FA Cup tie.
Holwell: R. Stainsby, K. Foster, D. Marshall, A. Ridout, C. Corkett, T. Harris (Barnard), D. Copson (B. Smith), M. Stevenson (c), G. Wells (H. Stannard), J. Joachim, L. Chapman. Sub not used: Hallam.