Second half improvement earns another home win
By John Anderson
Up to 47 points and 7th place maintained
Reversing the score at Swan Road back in November, The Greens ensured that this would be at least their fifth most suc-cessful season in 19 campaigns at this level; Step Five. They were able to start with the luxury of ten of the players who got such a good draw at Bishops Cleeve the previous week. But it was the away side who started best, and then after just ten minutes Josh Adeliyeka sustained an injury and was replaced by Dean Powles. Halfway through the first period, the away side took a deserved lead. A poor defensive header was seized up-on. Before Aaron Brown could smother the loose ball, it was transferred sideways to Sheen who scored from close range. Holmer’s only two real chances of the half fell to Powles and Dean Munday in the 31st and 41st minutes respectively. The former chance was skied over the crossbar from fairly close in, and the second chance saw the centre-back’s header loop onto the top of the goal-frame. HT 0-1
Whatever was said or re-stated at the break, was followed by a completely different display from the home side in the second half.
Taking the initiative immediately, The Greens withdrew Zach Crawford from full-back, and increased the midfield numbers with young Harrison Holbrook making his debut. On 57 minutes a James Burrell free-kick created havoc in front of the visitors’ goal.
Pawel Kotwica swivelled, and tucked the ball home for the equaliser. The home side was on top now and looked continual-ly as if they would go ahead. But Town held firm, and had a large stroke of good fortune on 70 minutes. Dean Munday con-nected with a corner at the far post. His close range volley caught the Lydney ‘keeper full in the face, rebounding out to safety. After a sizeable stoppage the brave custodian was able to continue. The visitors’ goal continued to lead a charmed life, and on 80 minutes they broke away and hit the post! A smart save from Brown was then required to keep out a snap shot. These close calls spurred Holmer on further. On 84 minutes a Burrell corner was attacked at the near post by Munday and Dan Wilson. Wilson had failed to capitalise on two half chances just five minutes earlier. This time a defender got his head to the ball first but, under great pressure could only send the ball into his own goal. The last ten minutes of the match included five minutes of added time. In the last of these, Matt Wooster emerged from a pack of players on the angle of the penalty-area with the ball. He laid the ball off for Powles, who completed the scoring with aplomb.
The only blemish in The Greens’ 2019 form is the loss at sixth-place Shrivenham. Only Binfield will complete the league dou-ble over the Watchet Lane side this season. All five home league and cup games since Christmas have been won. With two away games to come against fellow mid-tablers, Holmer can give themselves a chance for very good finish out of the 19 teams in their very first Hellenic season.
Team: Brown, Crawford, Luca Perrin, Ryan Parsons, Munday, Wilson, Gary Lines ©, Burrell, Kotwica, Wooster, Adeliyeka.
Substitutes Used: Powles, Holbrook, Anthony Tyson.
Substitutes Not Used: Greg Wright, & Michael Duffy.