Superb away performance by The Greens
By John Anderson
Excellent point under difficult circumstances
Match Report, Saturday 15th December 2018
Abingdon United 0 Holmer Green 0
As the wintry weather finally arrived, Holmer’s resources were stretched with Workman, Kotwica, Britnell, and Cox unavailable. On a threadbare bench, not fully-fit Gary Lines and Mason Scott made up the 14. Martin Lancaster returned from Uni, and there was a starting debut for Greg Wright who is finding few opportunities for game time at Marlow.
Two of the League’s three lowest scorers were on show here, but it was only the home goal which was really threatened. Aaron Brown comfortably kept his, and The Greens, first clean sheet in eight matches. With the wind and rain behind them, the visitors’ saw three first half efforts cleared off the United line as they put the dismal second 45 minutes in midweek firmly behind them. As
if these setbacks were not enough to test them, the sending off of Zach Crawford on 39 minutes would surely be a boost for United when they had the benefits of the elements. Apart from the goal-line near misses, on 32 minutes Lancaster set up Dean Munday. The centre-half flicked the ball up and volleyed it low towards the bottom corner. Only to see the home ‘keeper make a great save at the expense of a corner. Crawford’s sending off was apparently for retaliating after a foul on him was missed. Never a good idea to take revenge into your own hands so quickly. HT 0-0
The onslaught from the home side never materialised. Perhaps they expected The Greens to tire? With Wright and skipper Curtis Stone battling well in central midfield, all the team continually worked hard to make sure that United could not gain control. No one arriving at half-time would have thought that there was an imbalance in numbers. The caution count was very unfairly loaded towards the visitors, as the home side attempted to influence the Referee by feigning injury. This may have been just a product of their frustration at Holmer’s resilience. The Greens can be proud of this performance which yielded only their fifth away point in 10 games. Abingdon United thus achieved a feat that has been very rarely recorded against Holmer teams playing at Step 5. They have failed to score in both league games in the same season against the Watchet Lane side. In recent memory this has only been done by Hoddesdon Town, Broxbourne Borough, Harefield United, and Stotfold, in the last seven seasons. Two of those named are now playing at Step 6!
Mention must be made of the Management Team of Chris Allen, Kevin Stone, and Richie Wallace. Who, between them, managed to turn last Tuesday’s poor result into such a good display. And with such a changed team. A late debut for Louis Parker-Steele, taking over in the last ten minutes from the tireless Alex Riley. Riley having been subjected to some rough treatment from central defenders who could not match his ability and pace. Another good showing from 17 year-old Elliot Britton, and as indicated above a game for all The Greens to be very proud of. As an extra bonus, the point gained along with other results moved Holmer up two places to ninth.
Team: Brown, Crawford, Lancaster, Ryan Parsons, Munday, Dan Hunt, Stone ©, Wright, Riley, Britton, & James Burrell.
Substitute Used: Parker-Steele.
Substitutes Not Used: Scott, & Lines.