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London Tigers
Holmer Green FC
Tue 5 Dec 19:45 - League Full time

Third win in a row pushes The Greens up to 15th.

2 more for Leo Blackman, after Tom Peddle-James leveller.

Following over two months without a league win, The Greens have now won three league games in quick succession. Kicking downhill at Northwood Park where the slope is not as steep as in days gone by, Holmer should have taken an early lead. Jamie Britnell, reverting to his usual centre-back position, turned a left-wing free-kick back across the goal. Leo Blackman pounced on the loose ball, but his effort was cleared off the goal-line. Immediately at the other end, Ryan Parsons mistimed his tackle 30 yards out. The kick taker used the slope expertly to get the ball over the wall, and inside Luca Gaster’s right-hand post. Holmer was not put off by this setback, and dominated the rest of the half. On 18 minutes Blackman cut in a lobbed across into the path of Tom Peddle-James. A deft first touch ensued, and the ball was immediately passed into the goal. As efforts by Matt Wooster and Alex Rice were saved, Britnell was causing the home side plenty of problems by winning crosses and free-kicks.
On 38 minutes a Curtis Stone corner struck the near post, and Blackman was first to react to put The Greens ahead. Summerell had to head off his own line following a corner as Holmer nearly had cause rue their earlier profligacy. But on 44 minutes the visitors scored what proved to be the deciding goal. When a Stone free-kick was met by Britnell, whose header was converted by Blackman for his fifth goal in the last three games. There was still time for one more Holmer chance. Oscar Harrison overlapped on the left. Although his cross evaded just about everybody, Peddle-James was able to turn. But his shot was blocked. HT 1-3
Having seen their goal endure so many escapes in the first 45 minutes, Tigers were much more at home down the slope. Within 5 minutes they had pulled a goal back, with a breakaway and good low shot. Holmer, although technically now on the back foot, continued to play the better football rather than kick and rush. The interplay between Rice and Blackman, in particular, catching the eye. Peddle-James and the marauding Gary Lines added to the attacking danger. But no luck was forthcoming for The Greens as they looked for the fourth goal which would have been so useful. Ben Booker replaced the apparently indefatigable Rice on 80 minutes. Rice has added strength to his already undoubted ability this season, and has been a great asset in Dean Powles’ long absence. There would seem to be no reason why they cannot act in tandem when the latter returns. The fourth goal for Holmer was not forthcoming, but the game was seen out safely. Tigers “up and at ‘em” tactics in the second half didn’t faze Holmer. There are now at least three clubs, other than the Watchet Lane side, which are now more fearful of “the trapdoor” at the season’s end.

Team: Gaster, Summerell, Harrison, Lines ©, Britnell, Parsons, Peddle-James, Stone, Rice, Matt Wooster, Blackman.
Substitute Used: Ben Booker
Substitutes Not Used: Anthony Tyson, & Ollie Gregory.

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