Holmer Green – 2
Aston Clinton – 3
Aston Clinton deservedly beat Holmer Green on Tuesday night to progress into the semi-final of the Wycombe Senior Cup, and scored two goals that could well prove to be goals of the season in their own right. Despite going behind early on, Clinton fought back and led at the break, and had to dig deep to retake the lead after the interval when a Holmer substitution proved to be inspirational. Despite two divisions separating the sides, there were few left at the end of the evening that could argue that Jordan King’s side did not deserve the win.
It took several minutes for Clinton to get to grips with their hosts, although there was little threat from the home side initially, and it was Joe Kittle who had the first shot at goal on seven minutes cutting in from the right, skipping a couple of challenges he fired wide of Luca Gaster in the Holmer goal.
Three minutes later the home side took the lead, a close range effort from James Burrell was cleared away by a defender however the officials indicated the ball had crossed the line and the deadlock broken.
Lewis Workman lived up to his name all night, enjoying some good possession and tormenting the Holmer backline with his pace, and just past the quarter hour mark he was played in behind although his shot never really troubled Gaster who cleared with his feet. From the corner the ball fell to Workman at the back of the box and he fired into the side netting.
An Aston free kick just inside the Holmer half saw a mass of bodies waiting for the cross, however Vinny Grecco went for goal hoping to catch the keeper unaware but his drive cleared the crossbar comfortably. Minutes later another free kick again from Grecco was watched by the entire Holmer back line as it crashed back off the crossbar and away to safety.
As it seemed the visitor’s would not get their equaliser before the break, with four minutes of the half remaining Grecco pulled out a stunner; collecting the ball in midfield he looked for support but with little to aim at he simply knocked the ball to his left and unleashed a superb drive that flew over the outstretched hand of Gaster and nestled in the top corner.
Clinton continued to press and two minutes into added time won a corner. As the ball swung in to the near post a host of heads went up but climbing highest Alex McGowan headed home to give his side a half-time lead. H/T: 1-2
Eight minutes after the break Holmer equalised after a corner wasn’t cleared by the defenders in blue, landing eventually at the feet of substitute James Britnell who had literally only been on the pitch a matter of seconds, he took a touch before curling around Liam Smith in the Clinton goal and inside the far post.
They were only level for two minutes when Ryan Binnee combined well with Kittle down the right, the cross from the corner initially looked too deep but in the middle Workman positioned himself brilliantly to hit the ball over his shoulder on the volley and give Gaster no chance whatsoever.
The visitors grew in confidence after they restored their lead, and frustrated their hosts who found it difficult to mount any dangerous attacks without being broken down and hit with pace from one end to the other.
A huge penalty appeal was waved away to the relief of the home defence, but they were immediately caught square again when Kittle was sent away down the right and avoiding a challenge he drove towards goal, shooting from eight yards out the ball beat Gaster but rolled agonisingly wide.
Binnee then flashed a shot over the crossbar following a deep cross that eluded everyone, before Smith ensured his sides lead stayed intact when he brilliantly dived to his right and two handed pushed a shot away from Curtis Stone that looked destined for the back of the net.
From the corner Clinton struggled to clear and Stone regained possession but could only loop his shot over the bar, and despite enjoying the lion’s share of play for the remainder Holmer Green just could not break down the resolute Aston defence. F/T: 2-3
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