Holmer Green FC Res 8-0 61FC (Luton)
By Gareth Williams
Greens in the goals with mature performance!
Holmer Green 8 v 0 61 Fc
Fresh off the midweek win against Pitstone, Holmer Green welcomed the 61 fc to Airedale for a Spartan South Midlands North & West Reserve team fixture. From the midweek team Holmer were without Mason Wright, Richie Wallace and Dan Little. They did however welcome back Sean Cahill, Ryan Williams & Woj. Mikey Benning was also forced to sit out this game and the next few with a broken metatarsal sustained in the midweek triumph.
The main chat amongst the management team on the Friday surrounded Maccas mental state heading into another critical fixture when he was coming off the back of such a horror penalty miss, Gat was adamant it was the right thing to let Macca play and right his mistake, Linds saw it as a perfect opportunity to pull him out and give someone else a go. As such Macca started once again as the heartbeat of the team and with a lot to prove.
Gat also handed a first start to Jay Gould alongside Macca in midfield and pushed Scott forward into a more advanced role, Ryan Williams returned to right wing and Tommy moved out to the left hand side, Olly kept his strikers position and Sam Pettyfer who was carrying a knock to two fingers on his right hand came in alongside Sean Cahill at the centre of defence.
Holmer started the game strongly and only 5 minutes had gone before it was 1 nil when Olly guided a Ryan Williams cross passed the helpless goalkeeper. Moments later it was 2 nil when Olly again struck and it started to look like it was going to be a very long afternoon for the 61. Ryan Williams looked like he had the freedom of the right hand side of the pitch as time and time again he left the poor full back in his dust, so much so that the poor lad was substituted and the 61 had a re shuffle in hopes of keeping him quiet. In reality they should just give him an open goal as he has shown he cant do anything about them.
However if you put an onrushing goalkeeper in front of Ryan he will delicately chip him, which is exactly what he did to make it 3-0, Ryan rushed onto an exquisite through ball from the marauding Chris Macdonald and dinked the keeper from the edge of the 18 yard box. Desperate to atone more his midweek miss Macca was taking pot shots from all over the place, none of them endangered the 61 goal but it was nice to see Macca have the confidence to try.
The greens had been dangerous from corners for most the first half and had regularly tested the keeper with some superb headers. It was with this in mind that substitute Adam Seymour decided to take a short corner which ended with the ball going out for a throwing. This was met with one hell of a foul mouthed rant from Sean Cahill who was not happy that he had strolled up from the back for that. As would be the case, it was from a corner that the next goal occurred, a powerful drive from Samma was turned in by Olly and it was 4-0 and a hat trick for Olly.
The next goal will long live in the memory of the Airedale faithful, a man that was down in the dumps on Tuesday, whos place was questioned by Lindsay on Friday and who was so desperate to atone today popped up with the 5th. Again a corner was swung in, again Pettyfer met it sweetly, this time though it fell to Macca all of 20 yards from goal, Macca chested it down onto his right foot, flicked it up and slammed the side volley into the stanchion leaving the keeper no doubt. No question now, Macca is back.
Half Time was met with a respectful clap from the home supporters who had been treated to a lovely footballing display and one of the goals of the season. Paul Lindsay who was having a “cheat” day was first to the changing rooms to crack the sweets open.
Must admit I didn’t see the sixth goal, Ryan Williams was the scorer and apparently he did a dab. That was Ryans last action of the day as he was replaced by Nigel, Sam Parry took a well-earned rest as he was replaced by a steely looking Paul Howard and Mick Little who currently owns a lovely plastic ankle bracelet replaced Martin.
Tommy Fifield was then forced to leave the field with a slight hamstring strain and a broken heart after still receiving no response to his “I love you”, Samma was moved to left back, Mick to left wing and Greeny slotted in next to Sean Cahill. It was Sean Cahill that made it 7-0 with a bullet header from a corner, Cahill was so happy he almost smiled.
The game at this point had begun to run into a farce, Paul Howard was seen pushing the linesman out of the way to slice his cross into the keepers hands, he then issued the linesman with some choice words and some undeniable hand signals. Next Sam Pettyfer took the ball down on his chest cruyff turned out of danger an attempted a Rabona which forced a smart save out of the keeper. I mean I am all for the Rabona but what on earth is the big man doing trying a Cruyff turn?
The scoring was rounded off late on with Olly putting the finishing touches to a great run from Nigel. 8-0 but all respect to the travelling 61 fc who never stopped competing.
Another win in the bag and now a tough home derby against Risborough to come.
MOM – Chris Macdonald
DOD – Mick Little
Match report : Graham Potts