Holbrook Sports 2 v West Bridgford 2
50-50 Tussle Ends In Share Of Points
It's a tricky journey during the peak hour getting from West Bridgford to the middle of nowhere in Derbyshire. The car with the kit in was the last to arrive but there was still time for Bridgford to warm up. It felt a bit strange starting the first half of an evening game in daylight after this long hard winter.
Bridgford quickly got into their stride and the evergreen veteran, Jaylee Hodgson won the ball in midfield and found Aaron Large with a pass to the left wing. Large crossed for Akim Akinbinu to fiercely drive home an unstoppable shot into the corner of the net. Bridgford's lead only lasted a few minutes as in the 12th minute Holbrook's Michael Fitzhugh scored from a direct free kick for a trip just outside the box.
After a game of head tennis between the Bridgford defenders and Holbrook's attackers, NIck Labatte's final header of the rally almost led to an own goal as he headed just wide for a Holbrook corner. In the 30th minute Bridgford's Will Heath glided into the area and fired what looked like a certain goal past the helpless Holbrook keeper but the ball struck the inside of the post. Just before half time Bridgford had another chance when a Large header from a Daly cross was tipped over the bar.
The second half began with both teams sharing the play but in the 55th minute number 9, Niall Mather, put the home team 2-1 up with a clever far post header over goal keeper Danny Rigley. Both teams continued to make chances without troubling either goalkeeper. Bridgford substitute and Gibraltarian international, Andrew Hernandez, quickly made his mark by scoring from the 2nd direct free kick that Bridgford had gained in the space of a minute. A foul on Bridgford's Will Daly led to Tom Hall receiving a 2nd yellow card for an aggressive protest, leaving Bridgford with 10 men for the final 10 minutes. This led to an exciting finish with Holbrook piling on the pressure and Rigley producing a world class save with final touch of the game.
Both teams can take positives from the result with 2-2 being a fair reflection on the game.