Ten-man Holwell Sports knocked out of league cup by Arnold Town

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A second half sending off for keeper Stainsby halted any possible cup comeback hopes for Holwell last Tuesday.

On a wet and blustery evening, Holwell made one change from the weekend’s victory over Ellistown with Hallam coming in for the unavailable Denigan.

With the wind behind them in the first half, the visitors looked to make this advantage count and made the perfect start when Mooney rounded the Arnold keeper to make it 1-0.

But the advantage was conceded almost immediately when Hastings equalised from long range.

Holwell fell into the trap of playing long balls up to the forwards, but the strong wind often meant passes were often over-hit.

Arnold then went ahead from a corner when Hore stole in at the near post.

Wells had a shot blocked and flashed a header wide from Stannard’s cross, and two minutes before half-time Hibbitt just failed to head on target from Wells’ corner.

Holwell faced an even tougher task as they played into the wind after the break, and Arnold started on top.

But they struggled to create openings, and nearly lost their lead when Mooney forced Arnold keeper Cherry into the save of the match after breaking through a square Arnold back line.

But after an hour the game was in effect over as a contest when Stainsby saw red for kicking out at Cox after a late challenge.

Randall was sent in goal as manager Simon Daws looked to keep his main goal threats outfield.

But Arnold scored three times in 15 minutes, Price makign it 3-1 when he sent Randall the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Price added his second direct from a free kick, before Hatfield completed the scoring.

Holwell: Stainsby, Hallam, Ridout, Rose, Randall, Foster, Stevenson (Smith 75), Hibbitt, Wells, Stannard (Calver 80), Mooney. Sub not used; Barnard.