Further disappointing home defeat
By John Anderson
Ten man Rangers overhaul Greens
Holmer went out of a cup to Rangers at Watchet Lane for the second time in two years. They really need to find some form soon. Before they have to start looking over their shoulders vis a vis the league table. The early play gave no hint of the turnaround that would come after half-time. Holmer took the lead on 18 minutes when Anthony Tyson scored from just outside the penalty-area. A visiting player had already been cautioned for a foul at this point. On the half-hour the same player reacted to a swerving through ball by moving his hand to intercept it. A second yellow card preceded a red one, and this should have been the sign for The Greens to take control. But they failed to do so immediately, only getting on top for the last few minutes of the first period. On 44 minutes the numbers seem to have finally told, as Pawel Kotwica cut in from the left. His low cross was turned in from close range by Elliot Britton. HT 2-0
Within three minutes of the restart Holmer had pressed the self-destruct button. Game management was needed at this stage, but was found to be lacking. Overloading their attacking numbers at a corner, they were caught lacking in numbers at the back by a quick break. Rangers had pulled one back. On 55 minutes with Rangers now looking as if they had the extra man, a long range effort sailed over Aaron Brown into the net from the right. As no Holmer player thought to close the man down. With only one team looking likely winners now, the deciding goal came on 70 minutes. Again Holmer was caught napping by a quick break, and the game was turned on its head. Holmer’s recent poor form was again evident. If only they could show the movement and precision that they did against Maidenhead just one week ago, they would surely beat such opposition. Especially when they have a man advantage for one hour of the game. It was as though they were worried that an unfavourable draw at the next stage would mean a midweek trip to the South Wales border.
Team: Brown, Zach Crawford, Michael Duffy, Curtis Stone, Dean Munday, Ryan Parsons, Riley, Tyson, Joffy Cox, Elliot Britton, and
Substitutes Used: Jamie Britnell, Dan Wilson, and George Board.