Paris hoping to extend goal glut over Shrimps
Winger wants to add to tally against Lancashire side
CHRIS Allen is hopeful his back to basics approach is beginning to pay dividends at Holmer Green, writes Jon Batham.
The men of Watchett Lane rewrote the club history books in Saturday’s 2-1 Vase win over Desborough Town, becoming the first Green side to win FA Cup and FA Vase games in the same season.
Their reward is a home tie with Ascot on Saturday, November 1.
All this is in stark contrast to their dismal league form which has seen them languishing near the foot of the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division table, a cause not helped by Tuesday night’s 3-2 home defeat to fellow strugglers London Tigers.
Recognising they are not going to be world beaters overnight, Allen has gone back to the drawing board recently in search of positive results and hopes the Vase triumph is the first step in the right direction.
He said: “We are not going to go from second bottom to title challengers in one step so we realise we have got to do the simple things right in terms of being as fit as we can, working hard and being as organised as possible.”
“We have had some good halves recently and then let ourselves down, but Saturday was a much better team effort and hopefully it can give us a lift.”
Green visit Kings Langley on Saturday and then make the trip to Hertford Town on Tuesday night.
In Spartan South Midlands Division One, Amersham Town threw away a two-goal lead not once but twice on Tuesday night as they drew 3-3 with Southall.
It was, though, an improvement on Saturday’s 5-0 humbling at home on Saturday at the hands of Codicote and this Saturday Town are at home again when Baldock Town are the visitors.
Chesham United Reserves were without a fixture this week, but return to action on Saturday when they entertain Chalfont Wasps in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup second round.
Hellenic League strugglers Chalfont Wasps will hope the knockout format can herald a change of fortunes after a second home thrashing in as many weeks on Saturday.
Wasps continue to prop up the rest after crashing 8-2 Headington Amateurs, ruthlessly exposed the frailties.
Mitch McNulty’s double and a penalty save from Jack Child were the few bright moments of another grim afternoon.
Elsewhere in Hellenic Division One, East Penn & Tylers Green went down 3-2 at home to Wokingham & Emmbrook, despite leading 2-1 at the break with goals from Jonathan Fever and Chris Hurst.
Like Wasps, Penn & Tylers Green are in Berks & Bucks Cup action this weekend when they visit Prestwood. against who hosts’ well, so hopefully that continue this weekend.
“I don’t know why [I tend to play well against them] it’s just the way the world works.
“You don’t try any harder against Morecambe than you do against Mansfield. Every year the team changes, some years they might be slower than others, but if they are slow then they’re going to be good technically or strong.
“There are always qualities you need to be aware of and pace can’t get you out of everything.”
Cowan-Hall twice came close to scoring in Saturday’s 1-1 stalemate with Northampton to keep Wanderers within touching distance of the top of League Two.
He admits there were times on Saturday where he thought it wouldn’t be Wycombe’s day before Holloway popped up with the equaliser eight minutes into stoppage time.
“It was end-to-end throughout and a very good game to play in,” he added. “We were great together as a team. The ethos was the same last season but things just weren’t going for us.
“It looked like one of those days where it wasn’t going for us [against Northampton] but thankfully we got the goal right at the end.
“This year, it seems like we’re getting a bit more luck and we’ve been very together as a group.”
ELECTRIC PACE: Paris Cowan-Hall in action against Northampton
FRAILTIES: Chalfont Wasps attempt to thwart a Headington Amateurs free kick