Greens take first step on the long road to Wem­b­ley

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HOLMER Green will visit Spar­tan South Mid­lands Premier ri­vals Cock­fos­ters in the pre­lim­i­nary round of the FA Cup af­ter the north Londoners beat Ris­bor­ough Rangers on penal­ties fol­low­ing a 2-2 draw in a re­play on Tues­day. Af­ter a close- close-sea­son­seaso which saw the Gre Greens lose four ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, Chris Allen’s side had a few new faces as they too took their place among the 370 team teams com­pet­ing in the ex­tra pre­lim pre­lim­i­nary round of this sea­son sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tion, against AFC Hayes on Satur­day. Al­lied Coun­ties player Alex Rice was on the bench along­side last sea­son’s skip­per Gary Lines and fel­low new sign­ing Rikki Gilbert, writes John An­der­son.

Allen gave 17-year-old new­comer Ryan Par­sons the nod along with fel­low new ar­rivals Adam Mil­li­gan, Dean Mun­day and Michael Davies.

The man­ager’s faith was re­warded as the Greens re­versed the score­line they had suf­fered in the same compe- tition to the same op­po­nents three years ago, when Hayes were play­ing one step higher.

But, sus­cep­ti­ble to de­fen­sive lapses and un­able to con­vert their dom­i­nance into goals, Holmer had to go in with the match goal­less at half time and with 10 men.

Cur­tis Stone was the cul­prit. Hav­ing com­mit­ted three early fouls and been booked for kick­ing the ball away, the player was shown a sec­ond yel­low for a poor chal­lenge in the 31st minute.

But the hosts caught a break early in the sec­ond half when a cor­ner from Lines – brought on for Mil­li­gan af­ter the dis­missal – went in off a de­fender. Mun­day added a sec­ond be­fore Hayes had a man sent off and sub­sti­tute Rice and Par­sons added a gloss to the score­line late on.

The Greens kick off their league cam­paign at Big­gleswade United on Satur­day (ko 3pm) and host Berkham­sted on Tues­day (ko 7.45pm).

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Holmer Green’s Cur­tis Stone was sent off on Satur­day

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