Table-topping City pegged back
By John Anderson
Second half comeback earns useful point
The fledgling Greens staged an impressive second-half comeback against a side which went to the top of the table with this result. Keeping as many of the Allied Counties XI out of the team to save them for their Thursday league game and next Tuesday’s FA Youth Cup tie, Holmer’s fifth game at this level this season saw them use 15 players to good effect overall.
It has to be said however that for the first 45 minutes The Citizens were good value for their two goal half-time lead. First from a free-kick on 15 minutes. Secondly from another free-kick, when the runner was not picked up. On 35 minutes Tom Peddle-James was sent through for The Greens, but his effort went well wide. Three minutes later, a Ben Bedford low cross just evaded three oncoming team mates. City’s much more effective team play was reflected in the interval score. HT 0-2
Holmer’s double substitution on 53 minutes paid an immediate dividend. After Raiqwan Joseph had lobbed a good self-created chance over the bar, The Greens pulled one back on 56 minutes. Substitute Oscar Harrison combined with Joseph to set up the oncoming Ollie Gregory, the second replacement player. His low finish was exemplary. As Holmer got on top Charlie Stottor seemed to be body-checked in the away penalty area, but penalty appeals proved fruitless. On 61 minutes Joseph appeared to be able to touch the ball past the oncoming ‘keeper. But the presence of two other defenders caused him to fail to make contact, with the ball. After a stoppage to remove an injured city player, Jago Seymour came on up front for the home side. Further pressure on the City defence ensued, and Seymour saw a goal-bound header nudged over the bar by an alert opponent. On 75 minutes the away ‘keeper had to leave his area, but the ball was only partially cleared. An instant shot on goal was instinctively saved by the custodian, but of course it was handball. The Red Card was correctly shown. Five minutes later, a short free-kick was touched to Anthony Tyson by Mason Scott. Despite close attention from two defenders his shot had enough power to survive deflections and find the net. Into stoppage time, Stottor got in a shot which took a defender’s touch and seemed to be heading for the net. But the stand-in ‘keeper made a tremendous save at the expense of a corner which came to nothing.
Team; Luca Gaster, Christopher Tierney, Ben Booker, Michael Adesete, Rob Wells, Stottor, Scott, Tyson,Joseph, Peddle-James.
Substitutes Used: Harrison, Gregory, Seymour, & Louis Parker-Steele.
Substitute Not Used: Ross Baker.