Hawkins leads Owls from front
Holt United 2, Brandon Town 2FOR their first Anglian Combination Premier Division home fixture in 30 years, the Owls went into the match under the leadership of newly appointed player-manager Jason Hawkins.
Holt United 2, Brandon Town 2
FOR their first Anglian Combination Premier Division home fixture in 30 years, the Owls went into the match under the leadership of newly appointed player-manager Jason Hawkins.
Back at the club after a season out was Robin Webdale, who started up front due to Colm McGilway arriving late.
On a perfect playing surface, it did not take long for Holt to hit the front. After a good through ball from Chris English, the lively Alan Gravenor raced clear to score with a fine shot.
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Soon after the visiting keeper Corston saved well from Gravenor. Young striker Matthew Hudson was working well up front, and alongside Webdale was causing the Brandon defence lots of problems.
The visitors began to look more dangerous, and after a mis-placed punch by Finbar O'Brian, Shane Leech scored the equalising goal from close range.
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The rest of the first half was played out mostly in the Holt half and only great defending from James Medlar and Gavin Neale kept the scores level at the break.
The visitors continued to look the better team in the second half and they deservedly went ahead with a goal from John Waites.
Holt brought on McGilway for Hudson and it changed the course of the game, with Holt looking the much more likely to score.
With fifteen minutes to go equalised when Hawkins received the ball after a good move, and from the edge of the box beat Corston with a fine curling shot.
Soon after McGilway saw his shot cleared of the line. With injury time being played Holt had a great chance to take all three points, but after racing clear and with only the keeper to beat, Webdale saw his shot fly over the bar.
Holt are away at North Walsham tomorrow (Friday) night, 7.30pm kick-off.