Weakened Holwell Sports fall to five-star Ellistown

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Holwell stayed in 10th spot despite falling to a heavy defeat at fifth-placed Ellistown on Saturday.

Facing a side who had lost just twice at home all season, Simon Daws’ task was made tougher by yet more injury and unavailability.

Striker Graham Wells was out with a hamstring injury sustained in the midweek victory over Aylestone, while skipper Michael Stevenson and Kieran Foster were also missing.

Goals from Carl Benson, Tom Rowell and Tendal Chitiza put Ellistown into a commanding 3-0 lead by the break.

The dismissal of centre-half Stuart Rose didn’t help Holwell’s cause and two second half penalties, converted by Rich Lewis, capped a miserable afternoon.

Holwell will hope for a return to form on home territory when they entertain Nottinghamshire opponents Kimberley Miners Welfare on Saturday.

Victory could lift the Asfordby Hill club up to eighth place if other results also go their way.

It will be a second meeting in two weeks for the sides who played out a goal-less draw in the reverse league fixture earlier this month. Kick-off at Welby Road is 3pm.