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Holmer Green FC
Binfield
Sat 22 Dec 15:00 - League Full time Attendance 73

Early chances passed up by The Greens

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Familiar problem continues to hamper Holmer

A quick look at the league table as The Greens moved into the final third of the league season sees them in an apparently comfortable eleventh position. But further inspection shows that they have only scored 26 goals in 25 games, and it was this problem that was evident from the outset in this particular match.
Binfield on the other hand have scored 34 from just 16 games. If they are not hampered by postponements in the New Year they are as well placed as almost any other team to contest the title.
One of their forwards had already scored double figures before Saturday. By the eighth minute when he converted the second of his first two chances, Holmer had already passed up four chances of their own. This inevitably deflated the home side and encouraged the visitors. The Greens had to battle hard to keep the rampant visitors at bay. Davies helped himself to goals at the clubhouse end on two, eight, and thirteen minutes. Holmer lost James Burrell to a head injury in the first half. The midfielder being replaced by forward Lewis Workman who had dropped to the bench after missing the Abingdon trip a week before. HT 0-3
The only goal of the second half came from a direct free-kick as Holmer battled hard. But a difficult four months, mainly in the road, is in prospect. There are plenty of teams with games in hand on the Watchet Lane side, and three will probably be relegated. But these lower sides have to play each other, and also the top teams. It will be a dog-fight at the bottom, and Holmer need a few more points yet to evade the lower reaches. Unless they can get good results from their three remaining home games, the visits to Tuffley Rovers, Longlevens, Ardley United, and Shrivenham, all look to be matches which require some points to be gleaned from.

Team: Aaron Brown, Mason Scott, Martin Lancaster, Dan Wilson, Ryan Parsons, Elliot Britton, Greg Wright, Dean Powles, Alex Riley, Burrell.
Substitutes Used: Workman, and Pawel Kotwica.
Substitute Not Used: Jamie Britnell.

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