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By John Anderson
Extra-time triumph against team usually regarded as the best in the region, and which has dominated The Premier Division throughout the 2010's.
After winning 3-1 at Hartley Wintney in the previous round, Holmer would have liked not to draws another club whose 1st XI is on the rise through non-league levels. With their 1st XI sitting comfortably mid-table in the top division of English non-league football, they obviously attract plenty of burgeoning talent from all over The Allied Counties area and beyond.
The Greens started the match in confident fashion and the game was an open one throughout. Both defences survived early scrambles in front of their respective goals. On 9 minutes JJ Jarrott suffered a broken nose in an aerial challenge and had to be substituted. Five minutes later the home side took the lead. Leo Blackman's right wing corner was turned into the visitors' goal from close range, by Mason Scott. Another five minutes later Sam George kept the scores level with a fine low save from a free-kick. Indeed, throughout the match the quality of Maidenhead's deliveries from set plays kept the Holmer defence at full-stretch. But in open play The Greens were making their own openings. On 26 minutes the maidenhead 'keeper was to deny a thunderous follow-up shot after an Alex Rice break . Eight minutes later Adam Riley challenged the 'keeper to a high through ball which the latter could not hold, but the ball fell kindly allowing the Maidenhead 'keeper to drop on it. Desperate Holmer Green defence on 36 minutes kept the visitors at bay. Then four minutes later Alex Rice had the chance to increase the home side's lead. After out-jumping the centre-half he drew the 'keeper out. But his lob cleared the crossbar from 15 yards.
The second half was not dissimilar in content than the first, and United levelled through a free-kick. Their centre-forward got across his marker and diverted the ball deftly under George's despairing dive. End to end football ensued with the visitors definitely having their tails up. But it was Holmer who was attacking when the 90 minutes was considered to be up by The Referee.
Extra-time produce an excellent winner for the home side. In the sixth minute of the second period a concise passing movement found Blackman on the end of a great final ball, and he settled the tie with a calm finish.
Holmer Green's reward for taking this scalp, is a home game against another Allied Counties' Premier Division team Marlow. The tie to be played the week commencing Monday 16th October. Marlow’s one league game to date resulted in a 7-1 home defeat versus Oxford City. City, incidentally are Holmer’s next opponents in The League Cup, at Court Place Farm off the A40 on Monday 30/10. Maidenhead meanwhile, have racked up a plus goal difference of 15 in their 100% start from three games. Marlow have already beaten Ascot Utd and Thatcham Town (AET) away, and Thame United at home.
Updated 12:36 - 17 Oct 2017 by John Anderson