Owls bounce back
Holt United 1, Wroxham Reserves 2If the Owls want to get out of the Anglian Combination Premier Division bottom two they must show more of the spirit shown in the second half and less of the half-hearted effort which was seen by the supporters in the first 45 minutes.
Holt United 1, Wroxham Reserves 2
If the Owls want to get out of the Anglian Combination Premier Division bottom two they must show more of the spirit shown in the second half and less of the half-hearted effort which was seen by the supporters in the first 45 minutes. They did bounce back on Tuesday night with a 4-1 win at Watton.
On Saturday the Holt pitch looked in superb condition for the visit of last season's Sterry Cup winners.
Despite making a good start Holt were unable to create any worthwhile openings. The Yachtsmen began to take charge and looked the more likely to score first.
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Holt looked all over the place at times and it was no surprise when Wroxham hit the front with a well-taken goal.
The Owls had to replace the injured Chris English with Luke Williamson.
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Much of Holt's play was as bad as has been seen this season and they were fortunate to go into the break only one goal down.
During the interval Holt made another change bringing on Chris Cude for Mark Lindon-Ball. From the re-start Holt looked a different team and should have drawn level, but Jason Hawkins missed a great chance.
Soon after a Billy Edwards header was cleared off the line. This was much better from the Holt side, after the first half debacle.
On 64 minutes Edwards turned two defenders but saw his effort from 12 yards superbly saved by Smith in the Wroxham goal. Despite being under the cosh the visitors continued to look dangerous on the break with Cook a constant threat.
With time running out the game was to have a dramatic ending. With a final throw of the dice Holt were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box. Hawkins' well-flighted effort found Steven Thompson, who shot past Smith. The linesman had his flag raised but after consulting him,, Mr Reid awarded the goal and then sent of Aitkens for something he said.
Instead of holding on to what they had, Holt gave the ball away straight away allowing a though ball to be latched onto by Cook who calmly lobbed the ball over Goff for what turned out to be the winning goal.
The drama continued with Wroxham having a second player dismissed, but this came too late to save Holt from another defeat.