Promotion-chasing, goal-hungry Town end Holmer's unbeaten run
By John Anderson
Step 4 wannabees too slick for The Greens
Without Tom Gant and Eliot Derby. The Greens would not have wanted to face promotion-chasers Town (who have a goal difference deficit to make up) without Britnell and Munday. Tom Fifield was also missing, and Holmer could only field one substitute who has been playing regularly. The two centre-halves were sorely missed, as Leighton’s Step 4 ready play really needed this type of player. Especially to repel them in the first half when the home side attacked the clubhouse end with vigour, assisted by a strong wind blowing straight down the pitch. Ryan Parsons and Gary Lines did OK, but were not unable to shackle the experienced James Hatch who helped himself to two goals in the first 33 minutes. The first came on 12 minutes when Aaron Brown could not hold a fierce shot that had resulted from the ball being given away not far from the Holmer goal. Hatch was on to the loose ball in a flash. Holmer do not currently have anyone with that instinct. The second followed a free-kick which Hatch read better than the marking defender, getting in between his man and the exposed Brown. HT 2-0
With the wind in the second half, Holmer were better going forward but were victims of a penalty call on the hour, when the Referee adjudged James Burrell to have brought his man down. Many in the ground thought he had played the ball fairly. Fuller made it 3-0. Ten minutes later just as Holmer were finally getting to grips with their opponents. Town broke away and the right wing cross was despatched at the far post, despite Brown’s magnificent attempt to keep it out. Holmer continued to play well until the final whistle, but their lack of goal-power only resulted in efforts over the bar by Tom Peddle-James and Rikki Gilbert, and a weak shot wide by Pawel Kotwica.
Team: Brown, Burrell, Alex Rice, Curtis Stone, Parsons, Lines ©, Gilbert, Matt Wooster, Kotwica, Anthony Tyson, Leo Blackman.
Substitute Used: Peddle-James.