Midweek win lifts Holwell Sports into top 10

Holwell Sports Reserves battle for possession against free-scoring Lutterworth Athletic Reserves on Saturday EMN-150217-123556002
Holwell Sports Reserves battle for possession against free-scoring Lutterworth Athletic Reserves on Saturday EMN-150217-123556002
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A Scott Mooney hat-trick set Holwell on their way to a midweek victory and a place in the top 10 of the EMCL.

On a damp Welby Road pitch, Simon Daws’ side hit four to see off a young, spirited Aylestone Park side.

Daws was forced into a few changes with Hallam and Parra-Watson unavailable. Stevenson dropped in to the back four with Smith coming in to replace Hallam, while Rose was on the bench after his suspension.

Holwell started brightly, looking to seize the initiative, and Mooney gave Holwell the lead when Stannard pulled the ball back for Mooney to fire in.

The striker doubled Holwell’s lead from the penalty spot five minutes later, firing past the keeper, after a spot kick was awarded for handball.

Holwell continued to have the better of the first half, but failed to add to their tally. A Keast cross was drilled across goal but evaded everybody, while Chapman repeated the trick from the left.

Stannard fired over and Mooney was denied his hat-trick by a late block, while Wells had a header saved, and Foster’s free kick failed to trouble the keeper.

Holwell didn’t have long to wait after the break as Mooney completed his hat-trick 10 minutes in when he was sent through to slot low past the keeper.

The hosts continued to spurn chances before Wells and Smith were forced of with hamstring injuries.

Aylestone kept plugging away, looking to seek a route back into the match, and substitute Small pulled one back with 10 minutes left.

Keast added a final bit of gloss to the result after cutting in from the left and curling a shot into the far corner.

The result sent Holwell into the top 10 for the first time since the early weeks of the season.