MATCH REPORT: Holbrook Sports 2 Norton United 2

Norton United snatched a late equaliser force a replay with Holbrook Sports.

It was the visitors who dominated for large periods, and took the lead into half time through Tom Winkle. Holbrook responded through Lee Mitchell to force extra time. They took the lead through Paul Campbell, but deep into extra time Wayne Brotherton responded for the Staffordshire side.

Holbrook went close on 13 minutes as Norton keeper Lloyd Parry dropped Rob Harrison’s freekick, but Liam McMann was on hand to clear the danger.

John Beaumont went close for Norton soon after as his close range effort was blocked by Simon Lillie, after being found by Dan Brown.

Brown went close again for the visitors on 27 minutes as he was put in on goal by Winkle, but lost his footing under the challenge of Jack Coulson.

Holbrook lost the services of Gaz Whitehead five minutes before half time, as he was stretchered off with a head injury.

Norton took a deserved lead into half time, as Mark McDonald’s shot was parried and Winkle swept home the rebound from close range.

Holbrook equalised on 48 minutes as Emeka Ejiofor’s cross was slammed home from close range by Mitchell.

Winkle almost re-established Norton’s lead in spectacular fashion on 69 minutes, but his dipping volley flew narrowly over the bar.

Delroy Fox should have won it late on for United, but he turned Brown’s cross over the bar from close range.

Holbrook took the lead for the first time on 112 minutes, as Nial Mather’s freekick was headed home by Campbell, ahead of keeper Parry.

Sports were reduced to ten men two minutes later, as Kane Jellyman was shown a second yellow card for a shirt pull on Fox.

Norton quickly made the numerical advantage count, as Richard Smith’s cross from the left was headed home at the back post by Brotherton.

 

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