Disappointing Final performance from The Greens
By John Anderson
One goal enough for Aston Clinton against shot-shy Holmer
The Greens failed to add to their previous five successes in this Cup, when the lack of real threat up front again caught them out. Their lack of competitive football for the previous month put them at a disadvantage, against a side which had only completed their own league programme the preceding Saturday. After Aston Clinton went ahead, it looked progressively unlikely that Holmer Green would equalize. With Martin Lancaster preferred to Michael Duffy at left-back, and Harrison Holbrook and Josh Adeyileka unavailable, the Watchet Lane side looked balanced enough. But in reality they never imposed themselves on the game, and didn’t deserve to win.
Holmer started the better of the two sides and Adam Riley was denied by the Aston ‘keeper as early as five minutes in. But the Spartan League side gradually got to terms with the game, and the decisive goal came on 29 minutes. A right wing corner by Taylor Collins evaded the huddle in the centre of the goal and crept in under the crossbar at the far post, despite the joint efforts of Aaron Brown and Zach Crawford.
A scrappy goal which decided a very scrappy game. Congratulations to Aston Clinton who retained the Cup. But back to the task in hand for Holmer. Finding a new Manager to replace the inestimable Chris Allen after ten years in post, and continuing the search for a prolific striker.
Team: Brown, Crawford, Lancaster, Ryan Parsons, Dean Munday, Dan Wilson, Gary Lines ©, Curtis Stone, Pawel Kotwica, Riley, Matt Wooster.
Substitutes Used: Dean Powles, Elliot Britton, & James Burrell.