Holmer Green safe as Penn close in
United look set for a revolving door and upheaval in the summer
That ensured the second-from-bottom Tigers cannot reel in the visitors, who went down 2-1 at home to Colney Heath last Tuesday.
Entertaining AFC Aldermaston on Easter Monday, Wasps completed a double over the side – who had been beaten 2-0 away earlier in the month in Hellenic League Division 1E.
Wasps started well with a Michael Green header going wide, Mickey Benning forcing a great save and a Chris MacDonald header, from the resulting corner, being cleared off the line – all in the opening five minutes.
Then Alex Cairns and Kieran Webb combined with the latter’s rocket going just over.
Tom Fifield made the breakthrough on 15 minutes with a fine strike from an angle. Webb was then denied, a Benning lob from distance was gathered by the Aldermaston keeper and his header from a Webb cross was just off target. Wasps continued to dominate but real chances became less frequent and with just a goal in it, the match was still very much alive.
Benning hit the upright soon after the interval but Aldermaston began to threaten soon after, Wasps defending soundly enough to keep the visitors at bay and climb to sixth.
Victory compensated Wasps for JON
The ThThe GeneralsGenera got their first point under the stewardshipstew of Meakes and Danny Talbot in Easter Monday’s home Evo- Evo-StikSt Southern Premier draw with play-offplay bound Slough.
Meakes expr expressed relief at breaking the duck at theth sixth attempt before admitting the players had failed to reach the po points target set them when he and T Talbot took over in the United hot sea seat last month.
So, with a ab budget for 2017-18 already agreed with chairman Brian their exit in the League Cup quarterfinal on Saturday, thanks to a 5-1 mauling from Ardley.
It was always going to be a big ask against a side who finished fifth in the Premier Division.
The Stingers knew they had to stay in the game for at least the first halfhour to have a chance of an upset but instead found themselves two goals down within four minutes, thanks to Leam Howards and Carl Tappin.
A match which felt lacklustre throughout saw Wasps have a couple of sighters but they were 4-0 down by half time as Matt Cruse and Howards again beat the defence.
With the game effectively done, Wasps had more opportunities in the second half – first Tom Kyle and Pardeep Ghattoara combined with the McCarthy, and some targets identified, Meakes acknowledged a significant player turnover can be expected in the weeks immediately following Saturday’s season finale away to Kings Lynn.
“I think the squad needs more surgery than just two or three new faces,” said the joint-manager.
“We set the boys a target of reaching 70 points when we took over and we will be short of that regardless of the result at Kings Lynn.
“We are thinking of keeping 11 or so, plus some of the youngsters who have played recently, so we are probably looking at bringing in around eight new players.
“The board has given a clear indication of the budget so we can move ahead and we have already been out watching games involving players we are targeting.” latter’s half-volley flying over. A Brad Holt free-kick whistled across Ardley’s box, just evading a final touch before Webb made things a little more respectable with a fine run and shot from the right on 57 minutes.
Webb was upended soon after but no penalty was awarded and Ardley made sure of progress to the semi-final when Howards completed his hat-trick with 15 minutes remaining.
Barry Rake set up a half-chance for Webb, which he sent just wide, Dan Little made a sharp stop and Jack Pearce’s acrobatics denied Ardley a sixth.
Consecutive 2-1 defeats for league leaders Penn & Tylers Green – at Bicester Town on Saturday and Headington Amateurs on Monday – mean they were still waiting to be crowned
Just who will and who won’t survive the cut remains a mystery for the time being at least but one player who it seems can make his holiday plans confident of a squad place is teenager Alex Ward.
Given the chance to impress in the 2-0 defeat to Weymouth on Saturday – as well as Monday’s draw with The Rebels – Meakes gave a strong indication the young midfielder had caught his eye and has a promising future at The Meadow.
“Alex started both games over Easter and did well, which is pleasing for him,” added Meakes.
“He is a central midfielder but he is not quite ready for that role physically in the Southern Premier.”
“He is though, very good technically on the ball, so we played him out on the right and he did well against left-sided opponents.” champions. But with second-placed Woodley United needing to not only win at home to Chalfont Wasps last night (Wednesday) but also overcome a 29-goal gap on the leaders, Penn’s 2-1 win at home to Wasps last Tuesday is sure to prove enough to give them the silverware.
Amersham Town may have a 12-point gap on the bottom two in Division Two of the Spartan South Midlands League but their safety is not secured, with bottom club Clean Slate yet to cram in seven fixtures and second-from-bottom Tring Town AFC five games in arrears.
Amersham lost 3-1 at Loughton Manor on Monday and the next of their three remaining league fixtures is scheduled to be played at MK Gallacticos on Saturday May 6.