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First half blitz seals Holker victory

First half blitz seals Holker victory

By Daisy Hill FC
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Three goals in the opening 40 minutes set Holker Old Boys on the way to a 3-1 win at New Sirs.

Daisy Hill's hopes of building on last week's record win at St Helens Town were ended within 40 minutes of the game against Holker Old Boys.

Samuel Joel , Brandon Collins and Tom Dawson all scored for the Stags in the 8-0 win over Daisy in January, and each player bagged a goal apiece in the first half to put the game out of reach by half time.

A stoppage time consolation goal from Tyler Rufus ensured that Daisy at least got on the scoresheet.

Holker began the game well, and opened the scoring on 5 minutes, when a long ball down the left sent Samuel Joel free, and he advanced in on goal before slotting the ball past Dean Williams into the far corner of the net.

It almost got worse for Daisy five minutes later as they were again caught out by a long ball down the left flank, but on this occasion Joshua Woodend's cross was cut out by Daisy keeper Williams to deny the lurking Tom Dawson.

But at the midway point of the half, Holker doubled their advantage and once again the pace of their counter attacking play caught out the home defence.

Samuel Joel outpaced the Daisy back line before firing in a shot that Dean Williams did well to push away for a corner, but when the kick came in to the box, Joel nodded down to Brandon Collins who tucked the ball past Williams with a shot on the turn from close range.

Although Daisy enjoyed their share of possession, they failed to create a chance of note before Holker added a third goal five minutes from half time.

A long ball through the middle split the Daisy defence, and Holker's leading scorer Tom Dawson took a fine first touch before burying the ball past Williams from eight yards.

After the break, Daisy showed some improvement and at last began to threaten the opposition goal, with the first clear cut chance arriving eight minutes into the second half when Jamie Ramwell set up Joe Mullarkey for a shot on goal.

Just after the hour, a foul on Jacob Ridings gave Daisy a free kick 25 yards out and Jake O'Brien was unlucky to see his well struck shot hit the top of the crossbar.

But despite Daisy's domination of possession, the well organised Holker defence kept them at bay, and although several positional switches were made in an attempt to freshen up the attack, a Jacob Ridings shot from a Jamie Ramwell cross was the nearest the home side came to a goal.

As the game moved into stoppage time, Daisy finally got on the score sheet with the best goal of the game, when Matty Knowles fired in a right wing cross that was met by a glancing header from Tyler Rufus, to give some small consolation on a disappointing afternoon.

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Match date

Sat 01, Feb 2020






First Division North

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Holker Old Boys
Daisy Hill