Another big away loss
By John Anderson
Dreadful journey only gets worse
The Greens’ first competitive foray into Gloucester did not go well.
The Management were hampered by non-availabilities, a debilitating journey, and faced a good side who are in a grossly false league position. Fairford looked to have turned the corner in the last week, after a poor start.
In contrast, Holmer had to make changes and had an inexperienced and manpower-short substitutes’ bench.
Holmer almost got off to a flyer. James Britnell’s flick on was taken by Pawel Kotwica. But the home ’keeper made good save at the expense of a corner. On 12 minutes, a corner at the other end was the first cross kept out. But when the ball was returned Gary Lines was clearly kicked, losing out to James who went on to net with a deflected effort. The Greens held out until the break, but lost Kotwica to a bloody head injury on 40 minutes. HT 1-0
Eliot Britton came on at the start of the second half. This change meant that Britnell was isolated up front, and with Matt Wooster not really fit enough to display his usual inventiveness there was no real threat on the home goal. In the seven-minute period from the 58th one, Holmer went from one down to five goals behind. A combination of sloppy defending and good finishing ended the contest. Mason Scott came on to stiffen the midfield and protect the defence. The Greens dug in and prevented further damage. Two yellow cards, for unfortunate entanglements which were adjudged to be pertinent, earned Britnell an early shower as the game moved into stoppage time. A day when everything that could possibly go wrong seemed to come about, ended with Holmer only dropping one place to sixth. Some consolation for a bad day in The Cotswolds.
Team: Aaron Brown, Lines ©, Michael Duffy, Curtis Stone, Dean Munday, Dan Hunt, Alex Rice, James Burrell, Britnell, Wooster, Kotwica.
Substitutes: Britton, and Scott.