Sat 31
First Team
Raunds Town
Vase exit

Vase exit

By John Anderson
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Tame display means early elimination from national competition

Over the 90+ minutes, Holmer produced what was probably one of their most, if not the most, underwhelming performances in 17 home ties covering 20 seasons in the competition.
The paucity of notes taken in the course of the match under-lines the lack of The Greens’ keenness or cutting edge in the final third of the field, let alone the opponents’ goal area. Holmer introduced James Keeble into midfield, and his Step Four experience showed at times. But he and Matt Wooster will have to learn to play together in not too dissimilar roles. In this game they were often not on the same wavelength. Holmer’s first half performance should have led to goals, but Town were not with-out their own threat. Adam Riley came close at least twice, but the lack of a credible “goal sniffer” continues to hamper The Greens. HT 0-0
Alex Rice brought a good early save out of the away ‘keeper. A colleague was present, but not attacking minded enough to follow in and tap the ball home as it rolled across the goal. Raunds then passed up an excellent chance when presented with a one on one. But Tom Bryant, who had another good game be-tween the sticks, saw the danger off. The Greens’ forward impetus gradually tailed off, and Town eventually went in front on 85 minutes. After a couple of very near misses, another poorly al-lowed and defended cross was headed home past Bryant.

Team: Bryant, Charlie Warland, James Jarrott, Luke Ryll, Ben Booker, George Paynter, Wooster ©, Ollie Lynch, Riley, Rice, Keeble.
Substitutes Used: Harrison Holbrook, and Luke Hurley.
Substitutes Not Used: Ollie White, and Jack Corden.

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Match date

Sat 31, Aug 2019