Holsworthy climb out of bottom two in Peninsula League
HOLSWORTHY will aim for a third win in four games when they travel to Vospers Oak Villa in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League on Saturday.
The Magpies beat Mousehole 4-2 at Upcott Field, gaining their second victory of the season and completing a double over the struggling Cornish club.
After the disappointment of a 2-0 defeat to Vospers the previous week, they responded positively to move out of the bottom two in first division (west).
Steve Lewis, the manager, said: "They turned it around on Saturday.
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"I know it was only 4-2 but it could have been anything up to 15 or 16. Their keeper pulled off a hell of a save four times in the first half. He was unbelievable.He's only 16 but I take my hat off to him."
The hosts dominated from the start, finally taking the lead when Ian Rowe wrongfooted Micky Flores, the goalkeeper, midway through the first half.
Mark Trevail, who scored an own goal in the reverse fixture last month, was unfortunate to repeat the trick and put Holsworthy 2-0 up.
Roger Bonaparte then added the third from the penalty spot after a foul on Dom Abbott early in the second half.
The lead might have been far more convincing but James Mayne, Rowe and Bonaparte were all denied by Flores.
Although Mousehole replied through Perryn Reynolds, Richard Smith bundled in Holsworthy's fourth at a corner.
Sub Kevin Badham also had a chance beaten away by Flores.
Ollie Pridham's late strike was not enough to prevent Mousehole slipping below their opponents in the table.
A strong defensive performance was led by Mayne, the Ilfracombe Town player, and John O'Donoghue, the captain.
"It was good," said Lewis. "Hopefully we can build on what we have just done and keep it going for Saturday."
Holsworthy will be without Dean Chidley for the trip to Plymouth to face Vospers.
The return match provides a chance to overturn the disappointment of two weeks ago when they wasted numerous chances.
One of the players culpable on that occasion was Matt Wright, the Plymouth-based striker who has since signed for Truro City in Blue Square Bet South.
Lewis has enjoyed being first-team manager since stepping in at short notice in the summer. He is happy to continue in the role while Holsworthy look ahead to next season by advertising for a new manager or player-manager.
Applications should be in by Sunday, January 27, to club secretary Ivor Phillips, 8 Meadow View, Holsworthy, EX22 6JH.
To find out more, call chairman Barry Parrish on 01409 253006 or 07891 826009, or Ivor Phillips on 01409 253907.