Flattering margin win propels The Greens two places up the table to 17th
Blackman 2, Rice, & Peddle-James, score as Holmer record second successive home win
After their second successive home win, The Greens will be feeling more comfortable with their league position. But as against Hoddesdon three week ago, this result at Watchet Lane was hard on the losers. Two late goals adding a gloss to the win, when at 2-0 the Saints wasted a very good opportunity. Holmer was gifted an early Christmas present by St.Mags’ ‘keeper Seymour. The usually reliable custodian seemed to have a high cross, from the right by Gary Lines on two minutes, under control. But he ended up only able to palm the ball right in front of the oncoming Leo Blackman. The young winger forced the ball in between ‘keeper and far post, from just a few yards out. The Greens fashioned two more early chances but both Lines and Alex Rice failed to test the away ’keeper. Saints were looking very capable on the break, and Holmer needed a touch of luck on 30 minutes. Luca Gaster misjudged the bounce of the ball, but it was wide enough of the goal for Oscar Harrison to get back and clear the resulting shot at the foot of a post. HT 1-0
The Greens didn’t start the second half too well, and Lillis should have tested Gaster better. But on 50 minutes Lines picked out Rice. The forward went past a couple of opponents, and steered the ball low into the net off the inside of the far post. Holmer picked up now and Matt Wooster skied an acceptable chance. Then Rice just failed to find the onrushing Blackman. On 72 minutes Holmer were saved a nervy finish when Saints created a good chance with a left to right move. But the opening was squandered with a loose shot over the crossbar. Holmer were creating chances of their own but the final ball was always lacking. Two late home substitutions both preceded goals which doubled the winning margin. Tom Peddle-James first contribution was to chase the ‘keeper down following a back-pass. The hurried clearance went in Lines’ direction, and the home skipper chalked up his hat-trick of assists with an immediate and accurate header to Blackman. The ball was given one brief touch, and then despatched on the half-volley across Seymour into the far corner of the net. Anthony Tyson had to help defend successive Saints’ corners. Following these on the break Tyson started a precise midfield move which culminated when Peddle-James cut in from the right. He lifted the ball neatly over the keeper with defenders expecting a cross-field pass.
Team: Gaster, Jonty Summerell, Harrison, Lines ©, Alex Murray, Ryan Parsons, Rice, Curtis Stone, Jamie Britnell, Wooster, Blackman.
Substitutes Used: Peddle-James,Tyson.