Holwell Sports ease past Greenwood Meadows with latest Mooney hat-trick

Holwell's leading scorer Scott Mooney EMN-150330-120819002
Holwell's leading scorer Scott Mooney EMN-150330-120819002
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After three games without a win, Holwell made no mistake against a spirited Greenwood side in this midweek fixture.

Greenwood were a very different team to the one Holwell faced earlier in the season, suggesting if this side played week in, week out they would be nearer mid-table than their current lowly position.

With manager Simon Daws starting the first of his six-game stadium ban, Chris Hatton took charge – assisted by Graham Keast – of a Holwell side missing Hallam and Parra-Watson.

Hibbitt returned after completing his suspension and Randall made his first start of 2015 after overcoming an ankle injury.

Greenwood started brightly and played without fear as Holwell were slow into their stride against quick pressing opponents.

The visitors forced Stainsby into a sharp save before Greenwood fired a second warning, as a cross from the left was headed wide at the back post.

Holwell were then caught out on the counter as the visitors took a deserved lead through the lively Ubah.

The goal sparked Holwell into life and within five minutes Scott Mooney levelled.

Five minutes later, Mooney made a penetrating run and put Foster through who was fouled. Mooney’s penalty sent Greenwood’s keeper the wrong way and put the hosts ahead.

The game became very stretched as half-time approached, but the scoreline remained unchanged. Just before the break Holwell were dealt a blow when Byrne was forced off with a hamstring injury, and replaced by McKay.

After addressing their problems, Holwell began to dictate the second half and play at a tempo which suited them.

It took Holwell until the 65th minute to put daylight between them and their visitors when Mooney seized on a sliced clearance from the keeper to slot home from 30 yards.

The goal, Mooney’s 29th of the season, completed his third hat-trick of the season and took him to joint second in the league’s goalscoring charts.

The home side saw out their 15th league win of the season with few scares, but Greenwood did force Stainsby into a another top-class stop, saving low to his left.

Holwell: Stainsby, Calver, Randall, Ridout, Chapman, Foster, Stevenson, Hibbitt, Byrne (McKay 43), Stannard, Mooney. Subs not used; Smith, Wells, Barnard.