Blackman and Kotwica with two apiece for third sussessive win
By John Anderson
Three goals up the slope send Holmer on their way to the three points
With the home side kicking down the not inconsiderable slope at Pancake Lane, The Greens produced a fine performance especially in the first half which they gradually controlled after an even start. On 8 minutes a Gary Lines long throw almost resulted in a goal for Holmer as they started to dominate their opponents. Pawel Kotwica chased an apparent lost cause wide of the goal and managed to turn it back across the face of the target on 17 minutes. But no team-mate had anticipated his determination. On 25 minutes Kotwica chased a ball going back to the Levvy ‘keeper. The hurried clearance went straight to Leo Blackman, twenty yards out, who guided the ball into the far corner of the goal. The home side tried to rally at this point, but another goal on 33 minutes put paid to any quick revival. After a good Holmer passing move outside the home penalty area, the ball broke to Kotwica. He put the ball clinically beyond the ‘keeper to make it two. Tom Fifield then sent Blackman clear on 37 minutes and he scored his second and The Greens’ third with a measured low left-foot shot.
Blackman looked set for a hat-trick two minutes later. But he was tugged back, unseen, at the vital moment. His effort therefore lacked pace, and was cleared off the line. HT 0-3
The home side’s early efforts to get back into the match after half-time were repelled, and Holmer increased their lead on 53 minutes. Fifield’s tenacity in securing the ball from a defender and passing it onto Blackman was rewarded with an instant pass to the alert Kotwica. Kotwica noticed the ‘keeper advancing and instantly lobbed the ball over him for the visitors’ fourth. Levvy were not in seventh place and beaten only once in seven for no reason. They upped their game, and the Holmer defence had to be on form. A couple of times they dropped below their recent standards. Just after the hour they had an escape, when no one took responsibility for a loose ball within striking distance of their goal. Within minutes a similar situation resulted in substitute Scott Burge giving Leverstock belief, that they could perhaps repeat their five-goal haul at Berkhamsted recently. But the concession of the goal fired Holmer on, and they were able to withstand what Levvy had to offer. For the last ten minutes Curtis Stone and Dan Hunt came on to stiffen the midfield. The only major scare came right at the end of stoppage time, when a far post header had to be hacked off the visitors’ line. This third win in a row, sends The Greens up to 15th place. An unlikely position, with 5 games to go, if the early March league positions are considered.
Team: Aaron Brown, JJ Jarrott, James Burrell, Anthony Tyson, Dean Munday, Ryan Parsons, Fifield, Gary Lines ©, Kotwica, Matt Wooster, Blackman.
Substitutes Used: Stone, & Hunt.
Substitute Not Used. Callum Liles.