Up to eighth place and 40 points
By John Anderson
The Greens make it an unbeaten February
What a difference a year makes? This time last season The Greens were in the middle of a six week period where only one league game was possible. A goal-less draw against London Colney at Watchet Lane. Only Aaron Brown, Curtis Stone, and Pawel Kotwica started at Rivermoor in this game, and that one 12 months ago. Holmer still had 17 league games to play at this time last campaign. They were still not secure, with only 23 points at that stage. This time they have moved onto 40 points with this win, in a five-game winning streak since the Thornbury affair. At the end of the last campaign Holmer had 46 points from 40 matches. Currently they have just six more league games to play, attempting to better that total from 36 matches. The last game being scheduled currently at Ardley on the first Saturday in April. Last season they finished on Monday May 7th.
With the latest forecast being that only one team will be relegat-ed, this defeat for the Berkshire side leaves them nervously hop-ing that Longlevens do not suddenly pick up. City have only picked up 4 league points in 14 games, since Bonfire Night in early November.
Holmer had the expected difficulty of availability at 7.45pm. Ryan Parsons (just) and Adam Riley (by 30 minutes) arrived af-ter kick off. By then not only had The Greens started with three late changes, but had actually taken the lead after approximate-ly one minute of play. A Stone free-kick from half-way was headed down by Dean Munday into the crowded goalmouth. The ball emerged from the melee, going forward, to strike the bottom of the right-hand post. Kotwica reacted first to tuck the ball home. This promising start, unfortunately, was not contin-ued by Holmer and the home side gradually came into the match. They deservedly equalized on 34 minutes, with a well-struck shot out of the blue from a loose ball thirty or so yards from goal. The ball diagonally arced over Brown into the top left corner. The break arrived with no further score and the home side definitely on the up. HT 1-1
The hosts had not learned their lesson from the first half, and again immediately found themselves trailing. Josh Adelileka ran onto a through ball and tucked it under the advancing ‘keeper for his first Holmer goal. Apparently tweaking a hamstring in the process, and being replaced by Riley. This time Holmer did gen-erally take control of the game, and the home side was mainly kept at arm’s length. The third goal for the visitors arrived on 67 minutes. The home ‘keeper, who had looked comfortably the most accomplished of the Reading XI, messed up a clearance from a pass-back. The ball went straight to Kotwica who took one touch before calmly passing the ball into goal from all of 40+ yards. His fifth goal of the season. Greg Wright brought a good save out of the ‘keeper after Zach Crawford shot narrowly wide when getting forward. Parsons and Anthony Tyson both came on, to see the game out in the last twenty minutes.
Team: Brown, Crawford, James Burrell, Stone ©, Munday, Dan Wilson, Kotwica, Wright, Dean Powles, Matt Wooster, Adeliyeka.
Substitutes Used: Riley, Parsons, and Tyson.