Away win in first league game.
Second half goals from Summerell and Munday seal the points.
Match Report, Saturday 12th August 2017
Biggleswade United 0 Holmer Green 2
The Greens have regularly performed well at Second Meadow, but usually end up on the wrong end of the score-line for various reasons. This time Holmer’s enforced new look team did the business. Against a side boasting a plethora of Uefa-qualified Coaches, but little backbone. Indeed the home side allowed The Greens, kicking up the slope, to dominate the first 20 minutes. But Holmer’s renowned lack of goals, over the past twelve months, appeared likely to cost them dearly again.
With Stone suspended, Gary Lines started and resumed the captaincy. Rikki Gilbert got his first start, the rest of the side similar to last week with the exception of the missing Milligan.
On 34 minutes United had the ball in Holmer net following a free-kick, but Sam Butcher had been clearly impeded by an offside attacker. This came during a period where the home side came more into the game, but all they had to show for their efforts at half-time were a couple of cautions. Perhaps the midweek FA Cup Replay defeat to supposedly inferior local rivals Potton United was still fresh in their minds. HT-0-0
With the slope now in their favour, Holmer took up where they left-off before the break and went ahead in the 47th minute. Gilbert played in Jonty Summerell, and the midfielder kept his composure to put the ball past the ‘keeper from 15 yards. Last season the midfielder, who has also appeared at right-back for The Greens, failed to score despite more than a dozen appearances. Perhaps the personnel changes have given him more license to show his full repertoire further forward. On 52 minutes a Lines’ corner was met by Jamie Britnell, but the header was cleared off the line. United were not out of it though, and familiar Holmer failings were always going to give the home side some chances. Varouxakis wasted one when getting behind The Greens’ defence. Throwing himself to the ground at the expense of caution, rather than trusting his weaker foot from an acute angle. On 64 minutes Butcher again showed incorrect choices by coming out, when a defender’s kick out of the ground would have been a better option. But the home player to whom the ball fell, failed to find the target of the empty goal. Young Frank Andrews came on for his Holmer debut, replacing Michael Davies on 68 minutes. Within 3 minutes The Greens had doubled their lead. Another Lines’ corner, cleared the gaggle of players on the penalty spot. But Dean Munday had read the situation correctly. One deft touch, and the new centre-half scored his second goal in two matches. With a shot which the ‘keeper could not keep out, at the foot of his post. Gilbert then appeared to be felled when closing in on the home goal but no decision was forthcoming. United made a couple of substitutions in an attempt to change the course of the match, while The Greens sent on Anthony Tyson for Summerell, and then Alex Rice for Gilbert. Butcher gave his side welcome encouragement with a tremendous “take” from a Biggleswade corner on 80 minutes. After Ben Bradley had seen a snap-shot well saved by the United custodian, Dean Powles seemed to have been successful with a piece of typically quick-thinking with a loose ball. His effort from 25 yards was on target, but bounced over the empty goal. In the generous amount of stoppage time, United spurned two great chances to give the result a more favourable look from their perspective. Holmer got themselves in a mess twice. Firstly Varouxakis headed wide when well-placed. Then the Holmer defence showed itself to be more determined than the home attackers. Several opportunities in the same phase were blocked by desperate tackles or blocks, as The Greens recorded their second successive clean sheet. In fact taken with last two games of the previous campaign, that is four in a row. Something that hasn’t happened for at least six years.
Team: Butcher, Ryan Parsons, Bradley, Lines (c), Munday, Britnell, Summerell, Gilbert, Powles, James Burrell.
Substitutes Used: Andrews, Rice, & Tyson.
Substitutes Not Used: Scoot Mason, & Charlie Bull.