Yet another injury, as makeshift team goes down narrowly
Second half fightback not enough
Without the Bens, Booker and Bradley, The Greens had to field a team with five positional changes to the one which drew at St Margaretsbury four days earlier. Again with Jamie Britnell ploughing a fairly lone farrow up front, albeit with occasional back-up from Tom Peddle-James. An early match-ending injury to Ryan Parsons from a crude tackle which only resulted in a cau tion, resulted in an early introduction for Jonty Summerell. But it was the visitors who looked the better side in the first half, and deservedly led with a well-taken goal from Baptiste on 28 minutes. They increased their lead eight minutes later when Gary Lines inadvertently guided the ball into his own net, when trying to cut out a low right-wing cross. This when typically trying to plug a hole, caused by slack marking in front of him across both sides of the pitch. Luca Gaster later kept the home side in the game courtesy of a fine save with his legs. Matt Wooster then succumbed to a recurring leg injury. HT 0-2
Leo Blackman replaced Wooster at half-time, and with the later addition of Alex Rice, Holmer looked much improved in the second period. The two young naturally attacking-minded players gave Holmer much more possession going forward. They were the bright spots in another average performance, which sees The Greens maintain sixteenth place. Holmer’s improvement was not, however, rewarded until stoppage time. Britnell had come close with two headers earlier. But didn’t get his goal until a Lines’ corner was helped on by Peddle-James, and the makeshift centre-forward was tenacious enough to force the ball home at the second attempt.
Team: Gaster, Parsons, James Burrell, Lines ©, Dean Munday, Michael Adeste, Anthony Tyson, Curtis Stone, Britnell, Peddle-James, Wooster.
Substitutes Used: Summerell, Blackman, & Rice.