3rd defeat on the bounce sees Holyport take all 3 points
By Kieron Hudson
Chalvey on the wrong end of another big score line
On a cold, wet and windy Saturday afternoon, Chalvey travelled away to Holyport and put in a performance to match the conditions!
From minute one Holyport were in control of the game and created a couple of half chances in the first five minutes. Unable to match Holyports tempo and work rate, Chalvey inevitably went one nil down when a cross was cleared from inside the box but could only find a red shirt on the edge of the box. Free from any pressure, the red number nine took on the half volley first time and nestled his strike in Quelchy’s bottom right hand corner, leaving the interim manager rooted to the middle of the goal.
Seven minutes later Holyport doubled their lead from a corner which Chalvey failed to clear first time. Only one minute earlier Williams found himself one on one with the opposing goalkeeper who stood firm and made a good save, a crucial save to keep his team in the lead.
The game evened out as Holyport took their foot off the pedal and seemed to be managing the game well, until Chalvey found their way back in to the game on thirty three minutes. A long hopeful ball was played up the park from the Chalvey goalkeeper and was brilliantly flicked on into the forward run of Marney. With only the Holyport goalkeeper to beat, Marney failed to convert but the save managed to fall to the feet of Williams, who did well to get the ball under control and bury his attempt into the far corner of the goal from 12 yards out.
Two minutes later Chalvey felt they should have had a penalty when Taylor made a piercing run down the left hand side and delivered a low cross in to the feet of Marney. Marney’s touch towards goal was enough to beat the defender who appeared to take the legs from underneath him. The referee disagreed with the Chalvey players and fans, who thought it was a certain penalty, by signalling for a goal kick.
On the stroke of half time Chalvey had a golden opportunity to level the game when Williams yet again found himself in an advanced position 12 yards out but failed to get a shot off. With his back to goal, he laid the ball off to Donny on the edge of the box who could only find the middle of the goal and the gloves on the Holyport goalkeeper. From the goal kick Holyport broke down the pitch and had the ball in the back off the net, only to be flagged offside by the linesman. The referee blew for half time and Chalvey found themselves behind yet again at the break.
The second half was underway and the game turned a little bit scrappy with neither team stringing together three or four passes in a row. Chalvey came very close levelling the score line yet again when Marneys strike from around the 12 yard line struck the post. Holyport now started to gain control of the game and were creating chances by the dozen. On sixty five minutes a set piece broke down and found a red shirt on the edge of the box. The shot was hit well, straight at Steve Quelch who went to make a routine catch above his head but the ball slipped through and crossed the ... was cleared by wall. If Hellenic League had goal line technology then Chalvey may well have found themselves three down! Which is exactly what they were three minutes later when the Holyport number eight made an untracked run in to the box to latch on to a free header six yards out. Holyport continued to dominate in possession and were rarely threatened by a Chalvey attack, even after a few tactical substitutions. With fifteen minutes to go and a series of misplaced passes later, a through ball was played behind the Chalvey back line to a red shirt who appeared to be the best part of five yards offside. Through on goal with only the bright orange keeper to beat, no mistakes were made and Holyport effectively finished the game off making it four. Fifteen minutes later the ref ended the Stabmonks misery by blowing his whistle for full time.
Chalvey were and are a million miles off the performances of the last two years and if they are not careful, will find themselves in a relegation battle. They will inevitably dust themselves off and look forward to yet another cup game on Tuesday.