Savoys hat-trick hero earns start

LEWIS Holloway’s three-goal cameo against Albury United will see the English import promoted to the starting line-up for Myrtleford’s clash with St Pat’s tomorrow.

The attacking midfielder turned the Jelbart Park clash on its head when he came on at half-time with the Savoys trailing 2-0.

Holloway, friends with Myrtleford’s last-year imports Charlie Romain and Louis Clark, is now hoping to build on his goalscoring record.

“That game was pretty crazy,” he said.

“But I said to (coach) Nathan (Mirt) when I got here that my fitness wasn’t up to scratch so he started me in reserves for a couple of weeks and then I came on in that game and it just all fell into place.

“Back home I score a fair share — my main position is right or left attacking midfield and so the goals tend to come quite often.

“It would be great to get another three on Sunday.”

Holloway said he and fellow import George Taylor had settled into the Ovens Valley but not without a little adjustment, particularly to the climate.

“The first issue when we first got here was the heat — it knackered both of us,” he said.

“But we have settled in now and love it here, love the people, and the atmosphere at the home games is just great.”

Holloway said the greatest difference between AWFA and where he was playing in England is the pace of the game.

“The game is a lot slower here, I don’t mean that in a horrible way, just the pace of football back home is a lot quicker,” he said.

“The standard hasn’t dropped massively, it is just the pace that is the greatest difference.”

Holloway, who was living and working in the coastal city of Brighton, said while life-long friends with Romain and Clark, he wasn’t quite as fiery.

Clark left mid-last year after a season dogged by suspensions and sideline abuse.

Romain was the innocent victim of a red card in the cup final that later saw all charges dropped.

“I heard that they copped plenty last year but that’s not the way I play,” he said.

“Both those boys have a bit of a temper but you won’t get that out of me — I’m really not interested.”

A win tomorrow could propel the Savoys into a share of second spot on the ladder.

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