Holwell Sports suffer ninth straight loss against Blaby

Holwell v Blaby and Whetstone EMN-151027-112825002
Holwell v Blaby and Whetstone EMN-151027-112825002
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The pressure continued to mount at Welby Road as injury-hit Holwell Sports slipped to their ninth straight defeat on Saturday.

Another poor display saw disgruntled supporters leaving before full-time as another morale-sapping defeat left Sports second-bottom following a strong start to the season.

Holwell Sports versus Blaby and Whetstone EMN-151027-112839002

Holwell Sports versus Blaby and Whetstone EMN-151027-112839002

The confidence seems to be draining in the young players who looked as though they would do well in this league when drafted in as injury replacements earlier in the season.

Finding themselves 2-0 down to Aaron Preston’s second-minute strike and Carlton Beardsmore’s finish after 17 minutes, Holwell tried to get into the game, but, as in previous weeks, Blaby ran their clearances straight back at the Holwell defence.

Blaby were no better than they were in the recent League Cup match, but possessed greater organisation.

The first half saw the home defence dealing with Blaby attacks as the visitors failed to inflict any further damage following their early two-goal burst.

Holwell's fourth keeper of the season Harry Wood EMN-151027-112850002

Holwell's fourth keeper of the season Harry Wood EMN-151027-112850002

Holwell’s injury crisis deepened as new boy Liam Spencer had to go off injured, and midway through the second half, a leg injury forced Mark Cowling’s withdrawal.

The second half brought a better performance from the home side as they started to dig in and get more of the game with Chapman and Foster beginning to link well.

And this combination fashioned a breakaway after 70 minutes with Chapman feeding Foster on the right whose telling cross was bundled into the net by substitute Matt Lowe.

This woke the visitors and Blaby’s Preston, who had disappeared for most of the match, broke free on the left, but his shot hit the woodwork for the third time in the match.

Wood, standing in as Holwell’s fourth keeper of the season, brought off some great saves to keep Holwell in the game.

Going into the final quarter Holwell now looked as though they would at least get something out of the match and perhaps even win as they threatened.

Lowe had another chance at the back post, but his downward header was weak and dealt with, and it was heartbreak in the dying minutes from Chapman’s last-ditch free-kick as Ridout and Hibbitt had goalbound headers incredibly saved at point-blank range by keeper Jackson to deny Holwell a deserved draw for a better second half performance.

The match ended in frustration, but until the squad is back up to strength and the injury backlog eases, the next couple of league matches will be crucial.