Allen: ‘We need fear no team in league’


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CHRIS Allen fears he sounds like a bro­ken record when high­light­ing Holmer Green’s in­jury prob­lems, writes Tim Street.

Satur­day’s 4-2 home de­feat to Wem­b­ley, in which they led at half time through goals from Dean Allen and Andy Shed, was Holmer’s eighth in a row. They have lost 12 of 14 league games this sea­son, shipping 51 goals in the process.

In fact, they have beaten only Ampthill Town in the league – the only team be­low them in Spar­tan South Mid­lands Premier.

Allen said: “I don’t want to keep re­peat­ing my­self but we have a lot of play­ers out in­jured. We will be more com­pet­i­tive in the next few weeks when we start to get some back.

“We’ve not had any luck, with half the first-team squad leav­ing, and it’s dif­fi­cult get­ting play­ers in as they know what kind of club Holmer Green is. We can’t pay play­ers, and we’re try­ing to com­pete with some teams pay­ing rea­son­able cash.”

Last sea­son, the Greens fin­ished com­fort­ably in mid-ta­ble.

“The po­si­tion we are in is not ideal, but we know the rea­sons why. It will be a long way back, but there is still a long way to go,” said the Greens boss.

“It’s been a strug­gle at times. It was a good sea­son last year by our stan­dards, but the squad this year is still bet­ter than some I have had in the past – it’s just about get­ting those in­jured play­ers back.

“There are no teams in this league we should be fear­ful of, and there are no big changes needed. It’s just tak­ing lit­tle steps, with steady im­prove­ments week by week.”

The Greens, who had some re­lief from their woes on Tues­day night when they knocked Tring Ath­letic out the League Cup 4-2 on penal­ties (the teams had been level on 4-4), are in cup ac­tion again on Satur­day with an FA Vase tie at home to Hel­lenic Premier high-fliers As­cot United.

In Di­vi­sion One, Amer­sham Town had a week off, but two goals from Jack Har­ris and one each from Reece Cameron, Charlie Jones and Tais­hon McLarty gave Che­sham United Re­serves a 5-1 vic­tory over Arlesey Town Re­serves1.

In Hel­lenic League Di­vi­sion One East, Chal­font Wasps went down 4-1 at home to Old Wood­stock Town, de­spite tak­ing the lead through Jack Dunmall.

And Penn and Tylers Green crashed out of the Chal­lenge Cup at As­cot de­spite a Chris Hurst dou­ble.

Photo by Jon Mikol NL201410964_6

LEAD LOST: Wem­b­ley’s Du­jan De­sagu­rante and Holmer Green’s Jamie Camp­bell at the Watchet Lane ground

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