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First Team defeat Holyport

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Penn & Tyler Green 2017

Andreas Latta

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Penn & Tylers Green FC beat Holyport

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Penn & Tylers Green FC’s First Team gained another valuable three points on Saturday with a 2-1 win against opponents Holyport at Spratleys Meadow. This was a thoroughly deserved win for the young Penn side against a good experienced Holyport team which featured Penn old boy Johnny Feaver in their ranks.

It was Holyport who had the first chance when an excellent powerful shot from 20 yards was tipped over by Penn goalkeeper Mohammed Mustafa, with a free header from the resulting corner going just wide of the post. Penn responded well and quickly took the game to Holyport and on 12 minutes a dangerous low cross from Rashid Hamid was cleared for a corner, before the onrushing forward could strike. The in-swinging corner was cleared for another corner but nothing came from the second corner either. Penn continued to cause Holyport many problems with their pace down both flanks and putting in dangerous crosses from both sides.

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One such surging run from Etafia Kingsley resulted in him being unceremoniously brought down on the edge of the Holyport penalty area. Up stepped Tom Staples to curl a beauty onto the crossbar and over to safety. Penn had other opportunities to score and on 32 minutes Rashid Hamid raced clear of the Holyport defence and his shot was blocked by some good defending from Holyport. The visitors, however, were dangerous on the break and the centre half pairing of Sean Cahill and Charlie Lane had to be alert on more than one occasion to avert the dangerous and quick Holyport forwards. Matt Clarke in midfield for Penn was proving a solid barrier and he broke up many Holyport attacks with some timely tackles and brave blocks. Moments later Tom Staples burst through but shot straight at the advancing goalkeeper who made a good save. On 40 minutes the inevitable breakthrough came when after a ball into the box caused some confusion the ball broke conveniently to Rashid Hamid who, with their goalkeeper on the floor, calmly side stepped his man and slotted home from eight yards to put Penn 1-0 up which is how it stayed until half time.

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Holyport came out for the second half and attacked the Penn defence but they held firm although a few dangerous free kicks were given away during the first 15 minutes of the second half as a result of some last ditch and sometimes mistimed tackles but the Penn goalkeeper was not seriously tested from the resulting kicks. Penn gradually played their way back into the game and Rashid Hamed had a header go just wide. On 65 minutes Dominic Brown found himself through on goal but he shot wide of the goal.

For the next 15 minutes Holyport sensed Penn were tiring and began to impose themselves and they had a few corners and efforts go narrowly wide. In the 80th minute Penn scored the defining goal when a Jack Pearce header forward was flicked on by Etafia Kingsley which released Rashid Hamid with a free run on goal. He still had 25 yards to reach the goal but from just inside the penalty he finished expertly by blasting the ball to the left of the advancing goalkeeper and into the corner of the net to give Penn that vital two goal lead.

Penn then injected much needed fresh legs when Dom Sharp came on for Numan Khan, Michael Moore for Sean Cahill and Jordan Bains for Raju Pritpal. Holyport were not out of the game as they once again were enjoying a period of pressure o the Penn goal and a fierce 25yd effort whistled just over the Penn crossbar.

Holyport gained their reward in the 86th minute, when after two corners, they scored with a good strong header at the far post to reduce the arrears and give Penn some work to do to keep all three points in the bag for the five minutes that remained. This they did but not before a couple of efforts by Holyport had Penn hearts in their mouths until the final whistle finally released the tension for the Penn management, players and supporters.

This was a good team effort today to gain the three points and there are signs that this young Penn side are coming together and bonding into a useful team and hopefully that will continue into the season.

Team: Mustafa, Pearce (C), Lane, Cahill, Brown, Khan, Pritpal, Clarke, Hamid (2), Staples, Kingsley Subs: Sharp, Bains, Moore (all came on), Simpson