Totternhoe Res 1-2 Holmer Green FC Res
By Gareth Williams
Holmer through to Quarter Finals
Saturday saw the reserves make the long journey out to the backwards location of Totternhoe this time in Reserve Cup action. Manager Williams brought with him a strong squad that included the returning Paul Howard and Adam Seymour but that was missing the midfield engine room of Adam Weedon and Chris Macdonald who were unavailable for this must win tie.
This week’s team selection was made easier after Scott Marshall volunteered to sit on the bench with his decision to head out on the Friday evening, Gat described it as peak that Scott had gone out and said Scott was lucky to not be left on the bench on his ones. In his place came the controversial figure of Mick Little (name now changed to protect his identity), the Danny Murphy lookalike has been fingered with many accusations this season and has been painstakingly trying to clear his name, he told this reporter that the ménage a trois on the left hand side with Martin coming hard up from behind and Olly holding good form up top should really inspire him to put in a rock hard performance.
The first half saw a very tentative approach from both teams with Totternhoes only real output being there attempts to meet every tackle as late as possible. This would be met with applause each time by their bench who appeared to revel in the descent of their team, but more on them later.
Holmer looked the most assured of the two sides and almost drew a goal with Ryan finding Mikey with a far post cross that the stretching midfield was unable to direct goal wards. Mikey was today playing in the defensive midfield role which is his 5th different position in the last 5 games, which isn’t really an issue as Mikey will Sunday league the crap out of any position you put him in. Ave It!
Set Pieces looked to be the only area in which Totternhoe were able to trouble the visitors and it was from a corner that the deadlock was broken. An in swinging corner from the Totternhoe number 10 was diverted into the away team goal by dominant centre half Sean Cahill, it was met beautifully and the run to meet it was time to perfection, shame it was the wrong goal really.
The goal came right towards the end of the half and left Holmer with little time to make any inroads before the whistle. Gat identified the errors where he would like more threat and ordered his 4 subs to get warmed up and to limber up with a few shots; it appears as though big Samma took those words to have a whole different meaning and was last seen strutting back to the bench with a bottle of Tequila.
The second half started much the same as how the first had ended with both teams cancelling each other out and neither looking to convincing in possession, with that Gat took the plunge and made his quota of 3 subs all at once. Stu – Spuds, Scott – Ads, Samma – Olly. With the introduction of the three subs there was an immediate sense of added urgency and it was shown within a minute when a Mikey throw in was directed into the back of the net by the big centre half Sean Cahill.
The Greens were now well on top with Pettyfer leading by example snapping into each tackle and releasing early to the flying wingers Ryan and Stu. Ryan in particular was getting loads of joy out on his wing with the Totternhoe left back resorting to trying to bring him down each time but ending up with nothing but air. It was Ryan that provided the second goal for the greens when he latched on to a pass from Hodges and expertly shinned a half volley into the top corner from right out on the touchline, a fantastic finish if he meant it but in reality it was a terribly hit cross.
From there the game rather turned into a bit of a farce as a needless hack on Ben Hodges resulted in both teams going down to 10 men and Paul Howard attempting to storm into the 12 man rumble armed with his pint of lager and Spuds packet of sweets. Stand in skipper Pettyfer was given his marching orders after giving the Totternhoe left back the sort of shove that would have eliminated Rick Flair from the Royal Rumble; the poor lad is still going backwards now.
For Totternhoe it now went from bad to worse. Having spent the best part of half an hour doing all they could to time waste, the Totternhoe bench became absolutely irate that 16 year old Ryan had gone down injured and actually stayed down injured. The game had to be stopped as the Totternhoe groundsman had come onto the pitch to help Ryan who at this point was still down. This did not matter to their bench who spent the next 5 minutes F’ing and jeffing at the ref and threatening to fight people. Thankfully he was sent to the stands to give everyone a few minutes peace.
He was in fact not the only one sent to the stands as the three subs Paul Howard, Mick Little and Olly White were all given their marching orders due to drinking next to the pitch. Surely just a coincidence that Mick was the one plying young Olly with lager(?)
The game very much petered out from there and Holmer were in the hat for the next round. A very accomplished performance in the end that saw a number of great individual performances. Dan Little performed admirably in goal, the whole defence was extremely solid and Ryan Williams put in another great shift on the right wing.
MOM – Sean Cahill & Dom Brown
DOD - Scotty
By - Graham Potts