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Stapenhill get over opening-day hammering with Holbrook draw

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

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JACQUES Briscoe went from hero to zero for Stapenhill as he grabbed the Swans a point before getting sent off two minutes later.

The hard-tackling midfielder (pictured) netted the leveller as Stapenhill drew 1-1 at home with Holbrook Sports.

But he then saw red for an awful tackle as the Swans played the last half an hour with 10 men.

Earlier, striker Piers Thompson had given the visitors the lead just past the half-hour.

The Swans, showing four changes from Saturday's 6-3 hiding at Barrow Town, had the first attack with a surging run from Jamie Disney ending with a brave save from Daniel Graves.

The visitors responded with Nduoma Chilaka scuffing his shot to Thompson, who fired wide.

Then Asa Sippits went on a typical jinking run down the left but his inviting cross was booted clear by Niall Mather.

Stapenhill hit back, with a long ball forward from Ben Gough flicked on by Karl Wayte to Matt Weightman, who shot wide.

Sports should have opened the scoring just after when Sam Ridgard, Chilaka and Thompson combined to set up Josh Hooley eight yards out, but the midfielder completely missed his kick in front of an open goal.

At the other end, the energetic Weightman burst clear but his second touch let him down and the ball ran harmlessly through to Graves.

Then Sippits exchanged passes with new signing Alex Rowland before crossing to Weightman, whose shot was deflected for a corner.

On 31 minutes, the visitors took the lead – and again it was poor defensive work which caused Stapenhill's downfall.

The ball should have been cleared long ago when it was played back to Steve Dennahy by Ben Davies. The centre-half passed back to Gough but the ball took a wicked bounce and the keeper missed it.

Fortunately the ball ran wide for a corner, but the relief was short-lived as it was not properly dealt with and Thompson, in space, curled a terrific shot into the top corner from the edge of the box.

The Swans replied with another powerful run from Weightman denied by Graves.

Stapenhill then had a nervous moment just before the break when Davies appeared to pull Chilaka back in the box, but referee Jim Springthorpe waved play on as the striker, still on his feet, blazed wildly over.

As the half came to a close, Sippits found Weightman with a free kick, but the striker's header was inches wide.

On 61 minutes, a decent spell of pressure by the hosts ended with Briscoe's looping header dropping over Graves after a moment of pinball in the box.

Briscoe, who loves a challenge, then saw his joy turn to despair as his poor tackle on Chilaka saw him sent off after an earlier yellow for a foul on Ridgard.

With almost half an hour left the visitors went all-out for the winner.

Gough held a decent effort from Thompson and Chilaka's ball across the area beat everyone.

Gough then had to hold a Thompson cross.

Stapenhill had their chances too and Graves saved from Dennahy, while Jordan Stevens hit the side netting.

At the other end, Olawale Salami fed Jake Dodds and Gough did well to claim his cross under pressure.

In a frantic finish, Harry Austin hit Disney, who fired wide, Stevens had a shot deflected wide and Austin sent a screamer just over.

GOALS: Briscoe 61 (Swans); Thompson 31 (Sports).

SWANS: Gough, Davies (Sanders 77), Rolph, Briscoe, Perry, Dennahy, Disney, Rowland (Stevens 61), Wayte, Weightman, Sippits (Austin 68). Subs not used: Taylor, Cawley.

HOLBROOK: Graves, Wheat, Black, Robinson (Salami 76), Mather, Peverley (Drake 81), Ridgard, Hooley, Chilaka, Thompson, Dodds. Subs not used: Havron, Bibby, Arnold.

SWANS STAR MAN: Richard Perry – a lion in defence with vital tackles.

YELLOW CARDS: Jacques Briscoe (two).

RED CARD: Jacques Briscoe.

REFEREE: J Springthorpe (Coalville).


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