Holt march on in Senior Cup
Holt United 2, Hindringham 0This mid-week win earned the Owls a home quarter-final Norfolk Senior Cup tie with Gorleston from Ridgeons League Division One on January 3.
Holt United 2, Hindringham 0
This mid-week win earned the Owls a home quarter-final Norfolk Senior Cup tie with Gorleston from Ridgeons League Division One on January 3.
Despite having five of his squad missing, manager Jason Hawkins was pleased to be able to start Colm McGilway against a fellow Anglian Combination Premier team that Holt had never had any luck against.
On a perfect playing surface Holt started the better of the two teams, and first McGilway and then Toby Blowers had shots that went just wide.
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The visitors had their best chance of the evening on 15 minutes when Gray broke through, but his shot was dealt with by Justyn Goff. Soon after Blowers beat the visitors' offside trap, but shot straight at the advancing Osler.
Hindringham enjoyed a good 10-minute spell when they had numerous corners which caused the home defence problems. Despite not getting a half-time lead, Holt were pleased with their performance, with every player looking sharp.
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Holt upped the pace at the start of the second half. There was good movement, which the ponderous visiting centre-backs were finding difficult to contain.
On 58 minutes the deadlock was broken. A superb pass from Chris Hopper put Blowers through, who rounded the keeper to slot the ball into an empty net.
It was all Holt as they hunted a second goal. Shots from Kevin Moore and Blowers were saved by Osler, and from a superb left-wing cross Steven Thompson headed just wide when well placed.
The second goal Holt craved came with 10 minutes remaining.
After a right-wing move, the ball fell to Blowers, who from the edge of the box passed the ball past Osler and into the corner of the net.
Soon after he nearly grabbed a third, but after a great run his shot flew just over the bar.
Most of the Holt team were now trying their luck in front of goal but no more chances were taken and the Owls had to settle for a 2-0 win, that could and perhaps should have been more.
The game was well officiated by Mr Timmins and his two assistants. A well-deserved win and a place in the last eight.