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Hartley Wintney
Holmer Green FC
Thu 21 Sep 19:30 - Cup Full time

Holmer into next round of FA Youth Cup

A 3-1 win at Hartley Wintney saw Holmer reach the next round of the FA Youth Cup where they will entertain Maidenhead United.

Match Report Thursday 21st September 2017
FA Youth Cup First Round Qualifying
Hartley Wintney1 Holmer Green 3

Holmer travelled into Hampshire on Thursday evening for their first start in this season’s FA Youth Cup and came away with a 3-1 victory to send them into the next round. Hartley Wintney, nicknamed The Row, moved to their current home at The Memorial Ground in 1953 and in recent years have benefited from serious investment to provide floodlights and seen the clubhouse and changing facilities rebuilt (oh to be in control of your own football club destiny). Their Senior side are currently 5th in the Evo-Stik Southern Div 1 East, where Marlow, Uxbridge, Aylesbury, Aylesbury united and old friends Hanwell Town also play.
Playing up the slight slope in the first period, Holmer were on the offensive from the start with Rice driving forward and crossing to Blackman who fired into the goalkeepers arms then soon after a quick throw by JJ gave Rice the chance to shoot, but again Gorski saved. The home side were awarded two free-kicks in as many minutes close to the Greens area, the first ending with George being fouled attempting to catch the ball and Dansie firing tamely wide from the second.
However, it was Holmer who had the greater possession and pressure with the pace and power of the Three Musketeers, Rice, Riley and Blackman a continual threat upfront. Luca Perrin, making his first full start, Britton and Blackman combined well down the left, but the latter’s pull back from the goal-line evaded the Greens forwards. Rice and Blackman combined well to force a corner and from Blackman’s kick Rice headed just wide. After good approach play by Britton and Riley the ball fell to Willliams on the edge of the area and his shot was deflected for another corner which was cleared by the home defence.
The breakthrough came on sixteen minutes when Rice was put clear down the right and his great pass into Adam Riley gave the striker the opportunity to fire home first time before the accompanying defenders could challenge. Two minutes later, Holmer doubled their lead when Humphreys and Rice combined on the left and the cross ball fell to Ryan Parsons who slotted home.
The Row responded and a rare slip by Parsons enabled Frise to fire in a left footer, but Sam George reacted well to push the shot away. The home side forced four corners in as many minutes just before the interval, but in truth caused little danger to the Greens goal, In fact right on half-time, the visitors really should have increased their lead when Rice’s flicked header from a ball played out of defence fell into the path of Leo Blackman who held off his marker, but failed to get a clean strike on his shot which was dealt with by the advancing Godski. HT 0-2
Greens failed to apply the same intensity in the second period of the match and allowed the home side more possession although it was only in the last few minutes they threatened the visitor’s goal. With the match delivering little action of note, the conversation on the touchline amongst the watching Mums and myself, turned to the many Italian restaurants that have come and gone in the Amersham, Beaconsfield, Marlow and Maidenhead area and left us feeling decidedly hungry.
The discussion was interrupted on sixty-six minutes, when Holmer’s lead went to three, following a superb effort by Alex Rice who collected the ball on the right and in a trademark effort, cut inside and curled a right foot shot into the far corner giving Godski little chance. Hopefully, this will give Alex the confidence to attempt this at senior level as he gets more opportunities.
The Row never gave up and continued to move forward despite this setback and were rewarded six minutes later when Greens failed to deal with a long ball which left substitute Josh James free to slot home to make the score 1-3. They may even have caused some last minute panic if Nash hadn’t blazed over when well placed, Williams done better than chip over when put through and James again whose shot from a corner skimmed the top side of the crossbar.
With four of the Holmer side having played a part in the County Cup match against Didcot Town on Tuesday, it wasn’t surprising they tired as this match went on and it allowed The Row more ball although they were unable to make better use of the possession. Holmer profited from a high tempo start which gave them a two goal advantage and with the defence remaining solid with Parsons and Scott dominant in the middle and the team maintaining good shape throughout this was an encouraging performance.
The draw for the next round was made on Friday and Holmer have been drawn at home to old rivals Maidenhead United, the match to be played week-commencing 2nd October 2017 for the right to continue the journey onto a possible meeting with Chelsea or Manchester United!
Next week we face Wembley Town on Thursday 28th September2017, at Watchet Lane, Holmer Green kick-off 1945hrs.
Team: Sam George, James Jarrott, Luca Perrin, Luke Williams, Ryan Parsons, Mason Scott, Elliot Britton, Olly Humphreys, Adam Riley, Alex Rice, Leo Blackman.
Substitutes Used: Oskar Esplund-Evans, Josh Todd, Jonathan Booth.
Substitutes Not Used:
Report by John Ostinelli

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