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Another away point gleaned in self-inflicted adversity

Holmer maintain sixteenth place with tenacious display

The Greens kept their unbeaten run going in a fixture-light October, but yet again it could have been all three points. Once more they finished with ten men, a trait that must be addressed if wins are to replace draws. With a surfeit of centre-backs and a lack of centre-forwards available, Ben Booker partnered the returning Dean Munday at the back. Jamie Britnell was picked up front, in his first appearance for three weeks. Saints favoured the long ball throughout the game, but found themselves trailing within five minutes. A Matt Wooster cross appeared initially to have gone straight through the home ’keeper. In fact Britnell had not only put the goalie under pressure, but had got a touch on the ball as it traversed the penalty-area. Luca Gaster had to be alert when the home side’s main tactic looked likely to break through on 15 minutes. On 25 minutes Britnell had an effort tipped round the post, and five minutes later skied a good chance when put through by Wooster. But on 37 minutes after more Holmer momentum, Saints equalised. The ball was badly controlled at the back and Todd was able to beat Gaster with a cross-shot into the far corner which bounced awkwardly in front of the young ‘keeper. The Greens regained the lead five minutes later, when a Tom Peddle-James’ run ended with a low cross which was only partially cleared. The ball fell to Britnell who lashed the ball into the roof of the net from eight yards. HT 1-2
Gary Lines had an early shot mishandled by the home keeper early on in the second period. But the visitors’ skipper soon found himself dropping into central defence, with Booker coming off injured. St Margaretsbury made a couple of substitutions, but it was still The Greens who looked more promising until the 70th minute. The ball was loose on the edge of the visitors’ box, and there were plenty of defending bodies capable of stopping home progress. Unfortunately one Holmer player decided that a lunge at the ball would be appropriate. It wouldn’t, Britnell was inevitably sent off. Retribution was complete when from the free- kick Mitchell pulled rank on Lee Roberts, and the ball sailed past Gaster. With Holmer facing a minimum of 20 minutes defending, at least they were not facing one of the division’s more potent attacks. The nearest there was to a deciding goal was on 81 minutes, by Holmer. Peddle-James, who hopefully is beginning to believe that his talent is wasted in local football, embarrassed the home defence with his pace. His run took him around the home ‘keeper, but his speed meant that the opportunity to close in on goal was compromised by quickly covering defenders. With no meaningful help arriving in timely fashion, he was crowded out as he homed in on the near post.

Team: Gaster, Ryan Parsons, Ben Bradley, Michael Adesete, Munday, Booker, Peddle-James, Curtis Stone, Britnell, Lines ©, Wooster.
Substitutes Used: James Akowoya, & Jonty Summerell.
Substitutes Not Used: Anthony Tyson, & James Burrell.

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