Allen: ‘We need fear no team in league’
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.
LEAD LOST: Wembley’s Dujan Desagurante and Holmer Green’s Jamie Campbell at the Watchet Lane ground