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Holmer Green FC
Harpenden Town
Sat 17 Feb 15:00 - League Full time Attendance 32

Point ground out against Fourth-placed visitors

Goal-scorer required to ensure safety

The Greens played out their first back-to-back competitive goal-less draws in at least six seasons. But both teams should have scored, creating chances at both ends. Holmer’s main problem is scoring goals, fourth-placed Harpenden don’t usually have the same trouble. In fact one of their players has scored as many goals in one game, six, as The Greens’ top scorer has managed all season! As early as the first minute a chance for the home side had come and gone. Tom Gant picked out the unmarked Pawel Kotwica perfectly, right in front of the away goal. But the header went well wide. Tom Peddle-James was next to have a chance, but a poor touch allowed the ‘keeper to recover. Also within the first ten minutes a James Burrell corner, found Eliot Derby free at the far post. But again, a sclaffed shot let the visitors off. Holmer’s bright start could not be maintained and he visitors began to fashion chances of their own. Somehow, both goals remained intact. HT 0-0
On 55 minutes a Gant run ended with a shot over the Town bar.
Holmer gave a debut on the hour to Callum Liles, and young Adam Riley also came on 10 minutes later. But the deadlock did not look likely to be broken. Peddle-James having the best-looking chance saved, when set up by Liles’ determination. Only in the last ten minutes did Harpenden show why they are so far up the league table compared with Holmer. But on the day, their own finishing was as weak as that of The Greens. The one occasion that they broke through Dean Munday just got himself back to impede McLeish and earn himself a red card for the team.

Team: Aaron Brown, Gant, Johan Rennamo, Curtis Stone ©, Munday, Ryan Parsons, Peddle-James, Derby, Kotwica, Leo Blackman, Burrell.
Substitutes Used: Liles, Riley, Anthony Tyson.

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