Holmer Green FC 1-0 Pitstone & Ivinghoe Fc Res
By Gareth Williams
Holmer show character after first half red card!
Tuesday night saw the visit of Pitstone & Ivinghoe to Airedale Park to face a rampant Holmer Green Reserve team fresh off a free weekend which included Tommy Fifield doing his best Jack Grealish impression & Mick Little practicing escape and evasion ahead of his planned Easter “sabbatical”.
Holmer were pleased to welcome back Sam Pettyfer from his 3 month suspension for misuse of fingers, Richard Wallace who had come to receive some minutes, Jay Gould who needed to get out the house & Paul Lindsay who’s flight anywhere had been delayed.
The Greens lined up with three changes from the previous match with Mick Little coming in for Martin, Tommy replacing Ryan and Richie Wallace slipping in at centre half allowing Gat to return to the sidelines. The talk pre match was surrounding getting more goals out of the midfield 3 who had combined for only 4 of the teams 61 this campaign. As such midfield dynamo Chris Macdonald stepped forward chest out and demanded responsibility for penalty taking. Lindsay was not pleased.
The game began with Holmer Green flying out of the traps and forcing the Pitstone keeper into a number of early saves with Mikey Benning being the real driving force in the early stages. The Pitstone supporters had taken a real liking to Mason at this point asking why a player yet to take his year 9 SATS would be out muscling their veteran right back. They also had one or two words for Mick Little but due to an ongoing court case these cannot be used to describe Mick currently.
It was at this point the dynamic of the game completely changed with Pitstone taking complete charge and looking like the team most likely to make the breakthrough. They began to utilise the space in between our midfield and defence and started to force Dan Little into a number of crucial saves. For the first time this season Holmer began to get frustrated and started to argue amongst themselves, this led to first team centre half being shown a red card for violent play. It was a well spotted violation of the laws by the linesman who managed to miss their players indiscretion but captured ours.
Half time was met with the home team goalkeeper sprinting the length of the pitch to exchange pleasantries with the officiating team, wholly out of character for Dan Little who is normally utterly respectful of the laws of the game and society. Unlike his brother Mick.
A half time reshuffle of the Holmer 10 saw Mikey slip into centre half, Olly White replace Seymour and Macca take the armband. If Holmer fancied themselves as league contenders this 45 was absolutely huge for their ambitions. Assistant Manager Paul Lindsay took half time as a great opportunity for a quick mars bar, a cup of tea and a handful of haribo, not sure it quite fits in with his Atkins Diet but it was ok as he had no sugar in his tea.
The second half started much like how the first had ended with Pitstone making all of the running and pressuring the Holmer Green goal. However there was far more resilience and heart about the Holmer team at this point, with Mick Little personifying this by smashing into the back of the young Pitstone winger on several occasions. Olly White was busy defending from the front chasing everything and should have earnt himself a penalty when bulldozed over in the box by the Pitstone centre half.
It wasn’t long though until the penalty did arrive, after Mason was sliced down in the box. Here it was, the moment that Macca had dreamt off, it may not have been the free kick at Buckingham or the 30 yard curler against Dunstable, but now was his chance from 12 yards. As he picked up the ball and strode confidently towards the spot there was a commotion on the Holmer bench where Lindsay was heard shouting “I don’t rate him, get him off them, joke!” The ball placed, a hushed silence, “bottom left, go with instinct” time slows, left foot, right foot, left foot, he strikes the ball… Goal Kick.
The game was then delayed for 5 mins whilst the groundsman knocked round to the neighbours to get the ball back.
Thankfully the blushes of all involved in the penalty farce were spared moments later when Tommy Fifield was set free down the right hand side and slammed the ball past the on rushing keeper. A great finish from a player working his way back to fitness, it had been a tough few days for Tommy, he had told his girlfriend he loved her for the first time, been found asleep on Frogmore and found out that Harry Potter world was shut for the weekend, he deserved that one.
Mick Little was then relieved of his place at left back and managed to take his anger out on the bench by toe punting it as hard as he could, shockingly it was the only thing he kicked that night which ended up either within 1 ft of him or his intended target. Veteran Jay Gould entered the game with Scotty Marshall shifting to left back to replace the slightly disappointed Mick.
From here on out the game became more of a battle of midfield with Holmer refusing to give up the advantage that they had worked hard to get. Olly White continued his efforts up top and Mason Wright displayed a huge willing to help out by doing doggies up and down the left hand side. This included striker turned centre half who quite literally put his body on the line in prevention of Pitstone getting a goal including his fifth metatarsal which is currently lying somewhere out on the hallowed turf.
Holmer held out for a hard fought win and one which will push them closer towards achieving that top spot.
MOM – Mason Wright
DOD – Paul Lindsay for cheating on his Atkins diet.