Motormen see their lead slip

Nicky Bailie works on another attacking move
Nicky Bailie works on another attacking move
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DESPITE a dream start to the game the Motormen suffered another disappointing result in their home encounter against Holbeach United.

After a powerful opening, Daventry were ahead after only three minutes to take the advantage when Will Briscoe twisted and turned and found the back of the net.

In no mood to rest on their one-goal advantage, United were awarded a penalty on the quarter of an hour mark when Nicky Bailie was bundled over just inside the box by Holbeach central defender Elston Dean.

Darren Frost put the penalty away and United should have been cruising.

Not so as Holbeach keeper thumped the ball upfield United were on the back foot and although dealing with the initial cross, the ball ping-ponged across the box and fell to Shaun Keeble who pulled one back for the visitors.

Three minutes later Shaun Mowbray latched on to another long clearance that the United defence failed to deal with and with the advancing keeper stranded calmly slotted the ball into United’s net to bring the score back level at half-time.

After a good team talk at half-time United seemed to respond and Briscoe brought out the best of Holbeach keeper Lovelace.

Then 15 minutes into the second-half Lovelace thumped the ball downfield only for the United defender to give his keeper no chance with a short back pass.

Mowbray again ran through on his own to score his second but more importantly gave Holbeach the lead.

Just as they thought it could not get worse – it did.

Another short back pass to the keeper saw Tommy Treacher give Holbeach a two-goal cushion with 15 minutes to go.

Then United’s Brisoce tangled with Keeble and Briscoe was sent off.

Holbeach midfielder Allen Johnathan was also awarded a red card after being tackled by Ben Jones, Johnathan retaliated by shoving Jones across the pitch and the ensuing brawl could well have seen more players sent from the field of play.

As it was United battled hard for the last few minutes but could not break down Holbeach.

With a midweek game against Rothwell Corinthians and Raunds Town next United will be looking for a much better performance and six points in the bag.