Holmer Green safe as Penn close in

United look set for a re­volv­ing door and up­heaval in the sum­mer

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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.

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