Stotfold roar back to win at Holmer

editorial image

Stotfold came from two goals down to win 4-3 and end Holmer Green’s 10 game unbeaten run on Saturday.

For the first 15 minutes of this SSML Premier fixture both sides cancelled each other with Holmer shading the possession and territory, then on 17 minutes the deadlock was broken after Adam Harpur in the Stotfold goal failed to cling on to a high cross and spilled it at the feet of the Holmer forward for the easiest of tap ins.

For the next 20 minutes it was a case of Stotfold conceding possession far too easily and Holmer going at Stotfold but apart from a game of pinball in the box, and a redeeming world class save from Harps as the ball was fizzing towards the bottom corner, there was not much else to shout about.

That was until right on the strike of half time when Stotfold got a free kick wide right on the angle of the 18 yard box. Up stepped Ben L’honore who preceded to curl one over the wall with the wind into the top corner, a stunning strike to level matters.

Into the second half and and within five minutes of the restart Stotfold found themselves at 3-1 down as two quick fire goals from Holmer came from the visitors’ inability to clear their lines.

This brought about a change of formation in an attempt to try and get something out of the game but despite Ben L’honore clipping the post from another set piece it wasn’t until 78th minute when second half sub Tre Grant cut in from the left and smashed it top corner.

Then almost immediately from the restart the ball made its way out to the left, another second half sub Charlie Joy whipped it across face for Billy Baird to make it 3-3.

Now in the ascendancy with their tails up it only looked like one winner. Then with five minutes left on the clock another Charlie Joy centre from the left was well saved by the keeper only for Tre Grant to pounce on the rebound for a tap in.

An honest assessment of the game was that for long periods Stotfold were not at the races in terms of effort and work rate. But some inspired substitutions change of formation and a team motivated by a couple of outstanding goals lifted the lads to perform.

A word for Adam Harpur in the Stotfold who dropped one early doors but then went on to have an out standing game.

Stotfold host Biggleswade United on Monday, December 28.