Clean sheet for The Greens
By John Anderson
Riley goal enough for Cup progress
Holmer’s immediate pre-match preparations were disrupted when it was discovered that Dan Wilson had already played against United this season for Burnham in The Challenge Cup. Luca Perrin was swiftly drafted in, and the ensuing game was always in the balance with only one goal in it. With Luke Rhyll and Martin Lancaster due back to University this week, they dropped to the bench. Ryan Parsons, and Michael Duffy, came in. Holmer was able to field their three most promising forwards, on paper. But in reality, due to a lack of time training together, there is little cohesion up front and goal-scoring is still a problem.
Not surprisingly, against lower ranked opposition, The Greens had the vast majority of possession. But they had to wait until well into the second half before scoring the decisive goal. As usual with Holmer Green games at Watchet Lane the home side had a perfect opportunity to score before the opposition had threatened the home goal. Adam Riley got behind the defence, his hot rebounded off the keeper straight to Lewis Workman. Workman was unmarked, and central. But his free shot, at a goal unpopulated for a least 15 yards out, needed height. A low shot was easily defended. Other opportunities came and went for The Greens in the first half on a regular basis. But the closest they came to a goal was when Dean Munday saw his header, from a corner, cleared off the line. HT 0-0
Within 5 minutes of the restart Holmer had two chances to go ahead. First Greg Wright had a shot tipped over the crossbar. Then from the resulting corner, Munday saw his firm header come back off the bar. On 63 minutes the deadlock was finally broken. Parsons found Riley coming onto a low cross, and steering the ball past the exposed ‘keeper. The Greens rang the changes with three substitutions, but a match-clinching goal that would have put them beyond Yately proved elusive.
Team: Aaron Brown, Parsons, Duffy, Curtis Stone ©, Munday, Perrin, Riley, Elliot Britton, Dean Powles, Wright, & Workman.
Substitutes Used: Jamie Britnell, Martin Lancaster, & Luke Rhyll.