Greens earn second League win of the season.
Blackman hat-trick helps overcome spirited Colney Heath side.
Match Report Thursday 11th November 2017
Allied Counties League East Division
Holmer Green 4 Colney Heath 2
Following the unfortunate happenings at Watchet Lane seven days ago which saw their match with Wembley abandoned after the horrible head injury suffered by Mason Scott, Holmer were glad to get back into a game when Colney Heath visited on Thursday. With Ryan Parson also missing through injury, Sam Collins and Jon Booth renewed their central defensive partnership whilst Britton and Humphreys did similar in midfield.
The visitors had won three of their four league games and had the better of the first half when the Greens looked a little lethargic and off the pace. Gbadamosi fired an early warning when he latched onto a poor Holmer pass in midfield and powered past two defenders before shooting wide of the far post. It was a little surprising when Greens took the lead after showing little in the opening twenty minutes, when a good run by Riley saw his run halted by a defender, Olly Humphreys collected the loose ball and was promptly brought down, the Referee awarding a penalty. Leo Blackman stepped up to send Gauthier the wrong way from the spot.
The lead only lasted four minutes and after Ronald won a corner for the visitors the kick was knocked down to Floyd whose shot was blocked for another corner. This time a flicked header from the kick was well kept out by the diving George, but unhappily for him Dolapo Gbadamosi was on hand to head home the rebound for the equaliser. Colney Heath continued to play the ball around confidently on occasions without really causing much threat to the home gaol although Rotimi had a great chance to give his side the lead when put through and Greens had to thank for another good save turning the ball away for another corner from which the unmarked Tilbrook chested wide.
Whatever was said by Manger Lancaster at half-time, had the desired affect because the first fifteen minutes after the interval saw a different Holmer emerge and quickly regain the lead after a great run by Adam Riley saw a defender miss his cross into the area and Leo Blackman was in the right place to poke the ball home. With Riley demonstrating the newly taught ‘reverse flip-flop’ a technique recently coached by his Manager, he almost added a third within minutes after cutting inside and drilling his shot against a post. With Greens finally starting to produce their more familiar passing game, Colney didn’t know what hit them and on fifty-eight minutes a mazy run by Leo Blackman saw him beat several defenders and from inside the area send an audacious chip over Gauthier to complete his hat-trick. Soon after Holmer had another chance when Blackman found Rice and his shot was blocked by the goalkeeper before Williams fired wide. The 3-1 lead also surprised Life Member and local hero, Don Want, who was so busy talking to lady supporters on his bench at the Clubhouse end, when asked still thought the score was one each!
Hit by this second-half blitz, to their credit Colney Heath never gave up and midway through the half another powerful run this time by Montell Bediako saw him shrug off three defenders, cut in from the left and fire home to reduce the deficit. In a much more entertaining second period both sides continued to create half-chances before Holmer finally sealed the points. Alex Rice produced a trademark run down the right and as he cut in the area was pulled down, earning the home side their second penalty on the night. Rice took the kick himself and converted with his trusty left foot. There was still time for Amoako-Gyampa to break away and cross dangerously into the Greens area, but a foul by Gbadamsoi ended the danger.
Next up is a tough looking League Cup match against Allied Premier side Oxford City at their Marsh Lane, Marston ground on 3G, Monday 6th November, kick-off 1945hrs.
Team: Sam George, Oskar Esplund-Evans, Luca Perrin, Luke Williams, Sam Collins, Jonathan Booth, Adam Riley, Elliot Britton, Regan Mead, Olly Humphreys, Leo Blackman.
Substitutes Used: James Jarrott; Felix Parkinson-Jones; Alex Rice; Louis Parker-Steele;
Substitutes Not Used: Sonny Francis Lewis.
Report by John Ostinelli