Holwell Sports boss full of praise for FA Cup bow

Simon Daws EMN-150819-131250002
Simon Daws EMN-150819-131250002
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Simon Daws believes FA Cup opponents Kirby Muxloe will be frightened of his side after Holwell Sports opened their cup campaign in rampant style on Saturday.

Holwell travelled to Ellistown for the extra preliminary round tie and demolished their hosts 5-0 with an impressive performance.

They then followed this up with a 2-0 East Midlands Counties League win against Anstey Nomads in their first home game of the season on Tuesday night.

Sports have been drawn at their former Leicestershire Senior League rivals in the preliminary round on Saturday, August 29.

Kirby play in the Midlands League Premier after winning the East Midlands Counties League in 2009, but are mindful of avoiding an upset and sent scouts to Welby Road on Tuesday.

Daws said: “It is going to be tough, but we have frightened them in the past in games.

“I think they will be probably more frightened of playing us than we are of them. Anything can happen.

“If we play like we have been we will be a handful for anyone.”

Daws praised forwards Graham Wells, who netted twice, and former Premier League striker Julian Joachim who scored his first goal for the Asfordby Hill club, as well as 17-year-old Tom Harris who had a fine debut on the wing.

“I thought we played well and everyone was at it, especially Wells and Joachim; they were almost unplayable at times,” he added.

“Ellistown couldn’t deal with their pace and forced them into mistakes.

“It was also nice to keep a couple of clean sheets.

“I told the players that we would have won the game at Kimberley if we had taken our chances, but I was more worried about the three goals we let in.

“The FA Cup gives you a lift. It’s good for the club and hopefully it will spark our season.”

Supporters may have feared the worst when prolific goalscorer Scott Mooney left the club to join higher league Deeping Rangers in pre-season.

But the manager believes this may have forced the team to adopt a more expansive brand of football.

“We may have changed our style now that Scott’s gone,” he said. “

“We may have been more direct before and getting the ball forward earlier instead of getting it out wide and looking to bring in other people.”