61fc Luton Res 2 v 4 Holmer Green Res
By Gareth Williams
Holmer make hard work in hard conditions
Saturday saw Holmer Green reserves make the long trek round the M25 to Luton to face off against title contenders The 61 Fc. Holmer were buoyed by the return of Gareth Williams to the centre of defence and had a number of youth players involved after their midweek outing for the first team. Ryan continued in his right wing spot, Hodges occupied the centre of midfield alongside Macca and Mikey whilst Martin came in for Spuds at left back. Reflecting on the team selection Spuds was quoted as saying “On the outside I am diplomatic, on the inside I am raging, but I know I have competition, plus you know I will do anything for the kids.”
Holmer were however missing 3 of the starting 11 that came so close to a cup upset in their previous outing. Pablo decided he would rather go on a night out than kit up with the lads, Sean left a mumbled message about defecating on someones chest and Weedon is still dealing with the kind of dilemma that would bring Tiger Woods out in a cold sweat. Any information available on the whereabouts of Paul Lindsay & Kieron Webb would be greatly appreciated as well.
The game was to be played in absolutely shocking conditions which Gat noted stating that “we need to take no chances” and “get it wide as early as possible, no point just booting it forward”. This was a theme that was taken into the game from the off as Ryan on the right wing ran absolute riot, Oli popping up in the box and Scott who ran around. The breakthrough came after just a few moments as Oli latched onto a downward header and lashed it into the net for 1-0, 2-0 moments later as Oli again found the net, 3-0 as Oli tucked away a penalty that he exquisitely dived to win. A hat trick within 15 minutes showed that Oli had well a truly shaken off the goal drought.
Another player that managed to get over the goalscoring blip was Manager Gareth Williams who met the 61 cross superbly to slam the ball past goalkeeper Woj to make it 3-1. In fairness to Woj he has been under weather the past week or so, he has been complaining of a sickness bug and that he has been unable to keep anything down. An issue Spuds is only to aware of. *Allegedly*
The weather was causing absolute havoc in the away team area and the 61 were aiming to capitalise with a number of superbly taken set pieces which caused trouble on each occasion. From one such set piece it was 3-2 when Martins attempted clearance hammered into the back of a 61 player and slammed into the away team net. Woj was rooted to his spot, potentially as he was posing for another selfie.
Half Time was met with a chorus of boos from the bench, at least they sounded like boos until you realise that underneath the hastily assembled tent was a stuck Mason gasping for air. It was at this point that Nigel arrived at the game, he had set off at 11 the previous week and had just arrived with an average speed of 4.5mph.
3 Subs were made following half time and with that came the 4th goal, the ball landing to Oli inside the box allowing him to just stroke it past the goalkeeper. The remainder of the game saw Holmer throw shot after shot at the home goal but to no avail. A solid team performance and 3 points on the road is as much as can be asked for in those kind of conditions.
Woj pulled out a number of top draw saves. Big Sam Pets at the back gave a sterling performance, Sam & Martin at full backs can both be proud of their contributions, the midfield held its self together superbly well with the inspirational Macca channelling his inner Chris Marsden to dominate the centre of the park. Man of the match would normally have gone to hat trick hero Oli however it went to Ryan who is making the switch from right back to right wing look extremely easy.
It is spoken of as the stuff of legend that the 61fc was the re birth of Holmer Green Reserves, on that same pitch 4 years prior the future of the reserves were in tatters, as the reserves were succumbing to a heavy defeat to their counter parts, the manager began weighing up his own future and juggled with the idea of chancing his hand in the makeup game. But in that moment it all changed. As that chariot of slags shamed themselves on the parks of 61 Fc, one dragon swooped over the ruins, breathing fire & restoring pride. Gareth Williams was his name. On we march.
Report by Graham Potts