Narrow defeat hard to take
By John Anderson
Long journeys take their toll
Match Report, Saturday 15th March 2014
St Margaretsbury 1 Holmer Green 0
Holmer’s third long distant trip in five days was one too far, if the lacklustre performance was anything to go by. Eighth-placed Saints had gleaned an impressive 46 points from their 26 games before this one. Despite only scoring 40 goals, 20 less than The Greens. But after favourites Hanwell Town, they seem to have the best defence in the league. Holmer never had them under sustained pressure, and didn’t look really dangerous until the final quarter of the game when Tom Peddle-James and Tom Fifield were thrown on. With Manager Chris Allen away, Andy Hurley managed the side.
The home side made all the early running, but were unconvincing as the ball neared the visitors’ goal. Almost all the first half chances came from Saints. However from set-pieces, and especially corners, The Greens did trouble the home side.
Saints had hit a post, and the crossbar, but didn’t score. HT 0-0
The second half was not really any more exciting than the first. The home side’s winner came on 57 minutes came when a wayward right-wing cross found ‘Keeper Dan Little and Gary Lines unable to decide who should deal with the ball which did not go out of play. A Saints’ player, however, did have the situation covered and retrieved the ball from beyond the far post.
His centre was easily turned into the unguarded goal by Light.
This silly set-back at last spurred Holmer onto better play. But even with Saints rear-guard looking far from watertight, The Greens were not able to conjure up an equaliser.
Team: Little, Lines, Adam Weedon, Alex Murray, Nick Robinson,
Ryan Tackley, Spencer Eales, Joe Da Silva, Dean Powles, Dean Allen, Gary Marshall.
Subsitutes Used: Peddle-James, Fifield, and Dave Reading.