Holmer banish first league game blues
Greens impress against local rivals in build up to next FA Youth Cup challenge.
Match Report Thursday 12th October 2017
Allied Counties League East Division
Holmer Green 10 Chalfont St Peter 0
After defeat at Hanwell, it was good for Holmer to get their first points on the board in their second league fixture of the season with a win at home over local rivals Chalfont St Peter. Against a youthful Saints side, the Greens started on the offensive and maintained a good tempo throughout. In the first minute Rice had a shot from distance that O’Hara managed to scramble away for a corner then Mead worked an opportunity for Rice who saw O’Hara this time push his shot over the bar for another corner. The pressure told with fourteen minutes gone when from yet another corner Britton played short to Blackman, whose measured cross presented Ryan Parsons with the chance to head home from a yard out. Mead had a shot deflected for a corner then Booth really should have done better from Britton’s corner when unchallenged, but headed wide. With Holmer enjoying the majority of possession and allowed time and freedom to express themselves chances were coming at a rate and Saints keeper O’Hara was again in action, failing to hold a Blackman shot and blocking Evans follow-up effort. On twenty-two minutes Greens finally got the second when Rice got away and fired hard across the area where Leo Blackman was on hand to slide home. Confidence was growing and Holmer began to play some good flowing passing football not seen for a while and from one such move which saw the ball move from back to front and across the field Mead just failed to open his account, firing narrowly wide.
Three goals in seven minutes ended the match as a contest, the first coming from a Riley free-kick out on the right, with Ryan Parsons heading his second of the night, then four minutes later another good move started by Santaniello who fed Adam Riley to make an incisive run forward, exchange passes with Mead and although his first shot was blocked, the ball came back to him and he made no mistake with the rebound. Good play again from Mead, who was having an impressive league debut enabled Alex Rice to hit home the fifth.
Minutes from half-time, Blackman’s free-kick out on the right was fired into the far post where, under pressure from Mead, a defender could only head into his own net for the sixth. Within a minute, Greens won the ball from the restart swept the ball forward and Ryan Mead who was fouled in the area picked himself up to confidently fire home the spot-kick.
Sam Collins replaced Ryan Parsons at the interval and slotted in alongside Jon Booth at the back and the second period started with Saints showing a bit more aggression as Greens not unexpectedly relaxed. In a rare attack, Browne crossed into the home area where Perrin attempting to clear, sliced just past the far post at the expense of a corner. Soon after Simpson found himself in space when put through, but fired over when he should probably have done better.
Holmer soon got back into their stride and on the hour a long ball by Blackman picked out Adam Riley’s run and he netted his second of the night and Holmer’s eighth. Manager Lancaster took the opportunity to give some of the younger lads game time and used all the substitutes available and all made contributions as the home side continued to play passing football.
For Chalfont, Corden had an effort easily held by Sam George then the home keeper was again forced into rare action making an excellent save to turn a shot by Matambowadz around the post. The ninth came on seventy-three minutes when following good approach play Todd fed Britton whose shot was turned around by O’Hara for a corner. From the kick Regan Mead headed his second then with two minutes of normal time to go, the same player completed his hat-trick finishing off a great run and cross by Perrin.
This was a good performance by the home side though it has to be said there will be tougher opposition coming up. The introduction of Mead to the attack has given an added dimension and in addition to his obvious goal scoring potential, he shows an ability to hold the ball up and bring others into the game giving the likes of Blackman, Riley and Rice the chance to break forward.
Next up is the next round of the FA Youth Cup against fellow Allied Counties side Marlow, at Watchet Lane, Holmer Green kick-off 1945hrs.This is a big occasion for both sides as the winners progress to the First Round proper with potential Football League opponents, so please make every effort to come and support the Greens.
Team: Sam George, Oskar Esplund-Evans, Luca Perrin, Dominic Santaniello, Jonathan Booth, Ryan Parsons, Elliot Britton, Adam Riley, Regan Mead, Alex Rice, Leo Blackman.
Substitutes Used: Louis Parker-Steele, Sonny Francis, Josh Todd, Oliver Humphreys, Samuel Collins.
Substitutes Not Used:
Report by John Ostinelli