Holwell Sports complete Borrowash Vics double

Liam Ambrose in possession for Asfordby Amateurs in their 3-2 derby win over Holwell Sports Reserves EMN-150303-095358002
Liam Ambrose in possession for Asfordby Amateurs in their 3-2 derby win over Holwell Sports Reserves EMN-150303-095358002
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Holwell Sports moved up to eighth after completing a league double over Borrowash at the Anderson Electrical Arena on Saturday.

After a slow start, Simon Daws’s side took control and ran out comfortable winners to continue their steady rise up the East Midlands Counties League table.

After the midweek cup defeat to Quorn, Daws welcomed back Parra-Watson after injury for the suspended Rose, while Smith was also recalled with Foster only eligible for the bench because of work commitments.

Borrowash are enduring an indifferent season, but started the better and put their visitors under sustained pressure for the opening 10 minutes as Holwell struggled to settle on a rough surface.

Borrowash’s best chance fell to Slack who rounded keeper Stainsby, but couldn’t beat Parra-Watson who cleared well off his own goal-line.

This sparked Holwell into life. Smith rifled a shot from 20 yards which was blocked before Stannard broke the deadlock, heading in Chapman’s left=wing cross to end a goal drought which began last November.

The goal galvanised Holwell as Stannard again threatened the home goal. Borrowash’s attacking threat was reduced to speculative long-range efforts, as Ridout, Parra-Watson, Calver and Chapman closed ranks.

And with half-time approaching, Holwell doubled their lead. A cross from the right this time was bundled in by Stevenson to open his account for the season.

Holwell began the second half looking to kill off the game and stop Borrowash building any momentum. A Borrowash substitute forced Stainsby into the save of the match, diving low to his right to stop a rasping volley.

The save proved crucial as within minutes Holwell had added a third and put clear daylight between the sides. Stannard coolly slotted home his second of the game and fifth of the season.

Daws introduced Foster for Keast and, with 15 minutes left, Wells replaced Smith.

Stannard had a further three chances to complete his hat-trick which his performance deserved, but he fired over on all three occasions.

But with five minutes left, the substitutes combined to add gloss to the scoreline. Wells crossed for Foster who brought the ball down and turned before firing past the Borrowash keeper.

Holwell still pressed for more goals. Mooney fired over before Foster’s drive was saved, and in the dying moments Holwell saw a corner headed against the Borrowash bar by one of their own defenders.

Despite the late pressure there was no addition to the scoreline as Sports completed a rare league double over Borrowash.

Saturday’s fixture at sixth-placed Ashby Ivanhoe is crucial for Holwell’s hopes of a top six finish. They are 12 points adrift of Ashby with three games in hand but an inferior goal difference.

Holwell will also be out to put the record straight after Ashby inflicted an embarrassing 8-0 defeat upon them at Welby Road in October.

Holwell: Stainsby, Calver, Ridout, Parra-Watson, Chapman, Smith (Wells 73), Stevenson, Hibbitt, Keast (Foster 66), Stannard, Mooney. Subs not used: Randall.