The Greens put in a good shift
By John Anderson
Promising signs for lesser cup chances and league run-in
Match Report, Tuesday 4th December 2018
Berks & Bucks Senior Cup, Round 2
Holmer Green 0 Maidenhead United 2
The Greens proved in this tough game, against National League United’s professional players, that that could keep their shape and manage the game for 90 minutes. They now need to maintain that discipline in their remaining league games and winnable cup competitions.
The pitch played magnificently, having had the luxury of another afternoon cut before the match. The rain started at 7pm and continued throughout the tie. Holmer were without Lewis Workman, and Jamie Britnell, but Dean Powles started and got the full 90 minutes in.
Throughout the game Holmer played well and asked questions of their more illustrious opponents. But generally as the ball edged nearer the visitors goal their defence snapped shut and The Greens had to try to get the ball back yet again. It testament to the home side’s game that it took a deflected shot from Keetch, currently trialling for Reading FC, for Maidenhead to deservedly go ahead on 18 minutes. Aaron Brown’s legs denied United’s most prominent player Akintunde on 25 minutes. Then on 40 minutes it looked as if Adam Riley had given The Greens an equaliser. Breaking through his shot beat Hamann, but rebounded of the inside if the left-hand post and passed right across the goal mouth before being safely dealt with.
Before the break a Maidenhead free-kick from Worsfold grazed the top of Brown’s crossbar. HT 0-1
On 54 minutes Michael Duffy worked himself into a good position down Holmer’s left, but his cross just evaded the oncoming Joffy Cox. Two minutes later Owusu doubled the visitors’ lead. Cutting in from the left he slalomed past the home defence, and although Brown got plenty on the shot the ball had more than enough pace to reach the net. Cox had a shot well saved, and then Holmer made three substitutions between the 73rd and 78th minutes to replace tiring legs. The game petered out despite The Greens continuing efforts, and United move on to face Aylesbury United next.
Team: Brown, Zach Crawford, Duffy, Curtis Stone, Dean Munday, Dan Hunt, Riley, Gary Lines ©, Powles, Cox, James Burrell.
Substitutes Used: Mason Scott, Ryan Parsons, & Pawel Kotwica.
Substitute Not Used: Anthony Tyson.