Holwell Sports extend Stapenhill’s poor run

Ian Bitmead and Aatron Ridout double up on Stapenhill dangerman Steve Hart who scored his 42nd goal of the season at Welby Road EMN-170802-101058002
Ian Bitmead and Aatron Ridout double up on Stapenhill dangerman Steve Hart who scored his 42nd goal of the season at Welby Road EMN-170802-101058002
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Holwell Sports avenged their seven-goal early season mauling at Stapenhill by toppling the top eight side at Welby Road on Saturday.

The victory was Holwell’s fourth in their last six outings and lifted them a place to 14th in the East Midlands Counties League.

Liam Chapman looks to set Holwell going forward EMN-170802-101111002

Liam Chapman looks to set Holwell going forward EMN-170802-101111002

Stapenhill had topped the table earlier this season, but arrived at Asfordby Hill on a wretched run of form.

They had picked up just one point from their previous seven matches, including a bizarre 6-0 home defeat to third-bottom Graham St Prims.

Graham Wells gave the home side a 15th-minute lead, getting on the scoresheet for the third game running.

The lead lasted just three minutes when Steve Hart levelled with his 42nd goal of a remarkable season, finishing from a goalmouth scramble following Liversage’s corner.

But a Harry Austin own goal put Holwell back in front after 28 minutes and Stapenhill’s plight grew tougher when they had a man sent off before the break.

Mark Tinsley then gave the hosts breathing space by scoring his seventh of the season, midway through the second half, to complete a 3-1 win.

Holwell hit the road on Saturday to take on Radford who have also hit an inconsistent patch following a strong start to the season.

The Nottingham side have slipped to 10th, having failed to win any of their last three home matches, and were held to a 2-2 draw last time out by lowly Belper. Kick-off is 3pm.

Holwell: J. Witham, L. Chapman, A. Ridout, R. Woodcock, I. Bitmead, D. Reeves, C. Hibbitt, B. Smith, K. Foster, M. Tinsley, G. Wells. Subs: D. Hazeldine, J. Tildsley.