Gaster heroics not enough
Wembley too sharp for Holmer on fine pitch
The Vale Farm club comfortably completed the league double over The Greens. Manager Chris Allen was without any regular full-back, so Ben Booker and skipper Gary Lines filled those roles. Holmer started with three centre-backs. Leo Blackman started up front with Dean Powles, and Curtis Stone continued his come-back. Powles got behind the home defence on three minutes, only to be foiled by the ‘keeper’s legs. But the home side continually found space up front, and only Luca Gaster stood between The Greens and a poor result. The first goal of the half came on 17 minutes. Again Gaster made a save, but the ball ran kindly for Sabti to tuck away. Before any Holmer defender could assist their far-too-busy custodian. The Greens were looking to see the half out without further damage, but failed to play to the whistle on 43 minutes. A home forward was flagged offside, but the Referee did not stop play as the ball ran safely through to Gaster. He casually kicked the ball out to Jamie Britnell, thinking that a free-kick had been given. The Wembley forwards immediately read the situation, and put Britnell under pressure and regained the ball. Three times Gaster kept the ball out of the goal, and again the home side was the more alert. Weir guided the loose ball into the net. HT 2-0
Alex Murray moved up into midfield for the second half, and The Greens came more into the game. But Wembley was again looking dangerous coming forward. Gaster completed another outstanding 45 minutes, coming to the visitors’ rescue many times. Alex Rice, who had come on very early for the injured Matt Wooster, got a shot off despite being manhandled. But it was straight at the ‘keeper. On 72 minutes Powles got beyond the home defence again, but no help was forthcoming and he was crowded out. Other than this only another shot from Rice, and one from James Burrell again both too straight, really troubled Wembley. Apart from Dean Munday’s aerial presence at offensive free kicks. Gaster was eventually beaten once more on 90 minutes, again a follow up by Sabti after yet another terrific save. As a consolation, Powles who had toiled all afternoon against a solid and tough pair of centre-backs was finally rewarded with a penalty-kick. He despatched the ball firmly into the net, despite a fine effort from the home goalkeeper.
Team: Gaster, Booker, Lines ©, Munday, Murray, Britnell,
Stone, Blackman, Powles, Wooster, Burrell.
Substitutes Used: Rice, Tom Peddle-James, & Anthony Tyson.