Single goal takes The Greens out of League Cup
By John Anderson
Another possible long trip avoided by exit from Challenge Cup
Holmer continued their travels this season to unfamiliar places to play Abingdon Town in the Bluefin Challenge Cup. Playing Division 1 opponents the visiting support expected to see a much more positive performance than what was actually dished up. With apologies to the sponsors, this game was more squib than shark.
Not sure what it is with hot weather but Holmer never seem to respond well with the sun on their backs and Saturday was no exception. In changes from the Tuffley game, Leo Blackman started in midfield, Jamie Britnell returned to the No 9 role and Lewis Workman was back from Marlow to lead the line but a grim first half saw little created by Holmer apart from the aerial threat from corners. Meanwhile, Abingdon kept the Holmer back line busy with the long balls played up to their forwards but Aaron Brown had few shots that needed serious attention. Towards the end of the half, Workman was put through and just slid the ball the wrong side of the post. Shortly after Britnell’s neat cross saw Cox force a good save from Beesley in the Abingdon goal. Just before half time Ryan Parsons limped off to be substituted by Zach Crawford.
The half time team talk spurred on Holmer to a little more activity and Britnell sent a powerful drive from the edge of the box that just cleared the bar. However shortly after in the 55th minute Abingdon scored the game’s only goal. Their free kick hit the crossbar and in the ensuing scramble it was knocked into the net for 1-0.
Alex Rice came on for Cox and from the kick off Holmer attacked. Workman was put through on goal only to be brought down by the defender. A clear penalty but with the referee someway off the pace, to the surprise of all, it wasn’t given. The remainder of the game was best described as scruffy as Abingdon, apparently content with their one goal lead were content to spoil. Two unsavoury incidents saw yellow cards for two of the Abingdon players. Blackman was replaced by Burrell but Holmer couldn’t force an equaliser, even in the inevitable last minute goal mouth scramble.
So disappointment to crash out of another Cup competition. Next week sees the return to Premier League action and the visit of Shrivenham to Watchet Lane where it is hoped that Holmer can get back to winning ways.
Report by Rob Shed