Owls take derby honours

Holt United 2, Sheringham 0AFTER a gutsy team display Holt United gained bragging rights over local rivals Sheringham in Saturday's Anglian Combination Premier Division derby.

Holt United 2, Sheringham 0

AFTER a gutsy team display Holt United gained bragging rights over local rivals Sheringham in Saturday's Anglian Combination Premier Division derby.

Although there were many outstanding performances from Holt this result was down to everyone giving their all and playing for each other throughout the 90 minutes.

On Saturday Holt are at home to reigning champions but now bottom team Wroxham Reserves, kick off 2.30pm.


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Holt were able to recall Colm McGilway and Matthew Sanders. Sheringham were led by former Owl favourite Steve Jordan.

The Shannocks started the better, showing why they were on top of the division. On more than one occasion they got round the back of the home defence but were denied by some superb defending from James Medlar and Gavin Neale.

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Holt's midfield was working hard to get a foothold in the match. On 25 minutes Sheringham claimed a penalty but the excellent Mr McIntosh waved their appeals away.

Against the run of play Holt hit the front on 42 minutes. A well-flighted free-kick from player-manager Jason Hawkins found the unmarked Kevin Moore, who headed powerfully past Jackson in the Sheringham goal to give the home team a wonderful lift ahead of half-time.

As expected, Sheringham came out for the second half with all guns blazing.

Their dangerman King was beginning to cause major problems, but they were unable to penetrate Holt's rearguard.

A cross-shot from Gleave was turned around the post by Justyn Goff, who was looking solid as a rock in goal.

Holt began to cause the visiting defence problems when they broke out. And on 70 minutes they did what they had threatened to do and took a two-goal lead.

A through ball from the left put Toby Blowers in the clear and he rounded the onrushing Jackson before slotting the ball into an empty net.

With home supporters in full cry, Blowers again broke through but this time he shot straight at Jackson. Soon after a Hawkins run ended with a shot which hit the outside of a post.

Sheringham kept pushing but with Matthew Jordan and Sanders keeping Gleave and King quiet, Holt held on to to win a game against a side that could well win the league, and who also took defeat in the right manner.

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