7:00pm Thursday 17th October 2013
By Matt Plummer
HOLLAND FC manager Rob Batten admitted his side “ran out of steam” in Saturday’s exciting 2-2 draw against Harwich and Parkeston.
The Shrimpers went into the game top of the Kent Blaxill Essex and Suffolk Border League premier division table, having won six out of six and plundered 29 goals.
However, they found themselves on the back foot at Eastcliff, as goals from James Pickard and Joe Martin gave Holland a 2-0 lead.
It looked as though the pace-setters were about to come unstuck, until second-half goals from Bobby Bethell and Jordan Heath rescued a point for Matt Carmichael’s team.
Batten was delighted with his side’s battling first-half display, but admitted they lost their way after the break.
“We ran out of steam,” he said.
“Before that we’d been full on, in their faces and working hard to stop them playing.
“But when we decided to sit off, we got outplayed.
“Harwich got a bit of joy and took over."
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