Greens' poor FA Cup record continues
By John Anderson
Gloucester visitors are worthy winners
Holmer’s very poor record in this competition was consolidated due to a very ineffective second half performance. In 16 seasons in the FA Cup they have won only four times and drawn twice in 22 games. The first half gave no real suggestion of the 45 minutes to follow. In the second period it was really just a question of when the visitors would go ahead.
The first half was fairly even, and The Greens will look back on two chances which they failed to take. On 20 minutes Jamie West was onto a good through ball, but dragged the ball wide of both the advancing ‘keeper and, agonisingly, the left-hand post. On 42 minutes following a corner, the ball fell nicely to Jamie Britnell. Sitting up after a bounce, asking to be volleyed into goal from 12 yards. But the effort flashed two yards wide. Both sides created half-openings in the first period but the respective defences always snapped shut in the nick of time. HT 0-0
On 50 minutes Longlevens hit the Holmer post, and they dominated the game from there on. Holmer had a few forays into the visitors’ box, but lacked conviction. On 64 minutes the away side hit the crossbar. As the game entered the final ten minutes a midweek trip to Gloucester was on the cards. But Holmer then allowed a Longlevens’ player to pass through the midfield unchallenged. Dean Munday, comfortably Holmer’s best defender on the day, got in a challenge 25 yards out. But the ball squirmed sideways to James Campbell, dual registered with Evesham United. The former Javelin International, unmarked despite the nearness of a few defenders, took aim. His firm low shot went past Aaron Brown close to the right-hand post to give the visitors a long-overdue lead. An advantage that they held on to comfortably.
Team: Brown, Luke Rhyll, Michael Duffy, Curtis Stone ©, Munday,
Britnell, Matt Wooster, Dan Hunt, Jamie West, Dean Powles, Leo Blackmore. Substitutes Used: Martin Lancaster, Adam Riley, Jonathan Cox. Not Used: James Burrell, Zach Crawford, & Tom Fifield.