Holmer consolidate 14th place
3-way tie for top scorer?
When Holmer took the field for their 4th game in 8 days and the 11th in 29 against Town who were playing only their 5th game of the month, they might have been expected to struggle for pace and fitness against a team sitting comfortably in seventh place. But it soon became apparent that the home side had no intention of sitting back, and began to play the ball around their opponents creating all sorts of scoring opportunities. Hoddesdon in contrast never got going, although a half-time pep-talk from their unusually subdued Manager did provoke a more cohesive effort from them in the second half.
Joe Collins wore the captain’s armband in his last appearance before going off to Dubai. It took the home side only 10 minutes to go in front. In their third meaningful effort at goal, Dean Powles played Tom Gant through. Gant rounded the ‘keeper with smart feet and moved onto 11 goals. The “Golden Boot” conundrum was to keep the Old Bankers enthralled all afternoon, in the presence of the usual winner Dean Allen. On 18 minutes Eliot Derby found himself in behind the defence, and after giving the away ‘keeper “the eye” he placed the ball carefully inside the right-hand post. He too, was now on 11 goals for the season. After one panic in the home defence on 24 minutes, Powles had a shot well-saved on the half hour after good work by Derby. A minute later it was 3-0 as Gant again dribbled round the goalkeeper. This time his effort was stopped on the line by a defender. But Powles was on hand to tap the ball into the net. On 44 minutes there was no defender present to initially stop Gant feeding Powles in front of goal, in a manner similar to that which brought the third goal. Moving Powles onto 10. HT 4-0
Town introduced all three substitutes at the start of the second half. Holmer brought on Ben Bradley for Ryan Parsons. The young full-back having made five 1st XI starts in 10 days. On 52 minutes Powles passed up a great chance to join them other two on 11 goals, when Derby set him up. Various chances were created in the second half, but as against Sun Sports two days previously the killer instinct was now missing in the second half. On 77 minutes Town went down to 10 men when their centre-forward was deemed to be out of control when talking. Then correctly bearing in mind the imminent end to the season, Hoddesdon took their centre-half off. After he fell awkwardly, apparently hurting his neck. Playing against nine men seemed to confuse Holmer. Indeed, Hoddesdon coped very well in the latter stages despite being two men short. The only further goal for the home side came on 86 minutes. Ben Hodges came in from the left and his centre was neatly turned across the ‘keeper by Powles. Thus making the top-scorer accolade a three-way tie.
The final goal tally for Holmer was for 56 against 60. Our best defensive record for 16 years! The Greens end up in 14th place, a position only bettered on four other occasions in sixteen other Premier Division seasons.
Team: Sam Butcher, Ryan Parson, Ryan Tackley, Curtis Stone, Joe Collins ©, Jamie Britnell, Matt Wooster, Eliot Derby, Dean Powles, Tom Gant, James Burrell.
Substitutes Used: Ben Bradley, Ben Hodges, & Anthony Tyson.
Substitute Not Used: Martin Lancaster.