Town stay upbeat after Holmer Green defeat

PUBLISHED: 11:43 29 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:36 06 May 2010

Mark Hitchcock opens the scoring for Harpenden.

Mark Hitchcock opens the scoring for Harpenden.

The Molten Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One Harpenden Town 1 Holmer Green 2 Harpenden Town boss Christian Garzarolli hailed his side s display against high-flying Holmer Green as one of our best performances of the season so far despi

The Molten Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One

Harpenden Town 1 Holmer Green 2

Harpenden Town boss Christian Garzarolli hailed his side's display against high-flying Holmer Green as "one of our best performances of the season so far" despite going down to defeat.

Garzarolli believes brighter times lay ahead for his side as the club's injury crisis begins to subside and hopes the club can climb their way up the table and be challenging the likes of Holmer Green come the end of the current campaign.

"It was one of our best performances of the season and we can take a lot of heart from it," Garzarolli told The Herts Advertiser. "It's simply a case of getting players back from injury. We've had an absolute injury nightmare so far this season - that's why October was such a bad month for us.

"We've got more and more players coming back and we're confident that when we have got a full squad to choose from then we can challenge at the right end of the table."

Holmer Green went into the game unbeaten but would have been worried when Town striker Mark Hitchcock finished well to give his side an unlikely lead.

"I called him up from the reserves and within three minutes he had got a goal so it didn't take him long to make his mark," said Garzarolli. But Holmer Green showed why they are challenging for honours this season by roaring back into the contest with Aiden Taylor bringing his side back on level terms.

Andy Shed completed the turnaround in the 34th minute with a fine header but Harpenden certainly gave their opponents a fright in the second period.

Holmer Green goalkeeper Charlie Fanner had to produce a wonderful save to keep out a long range effort from Patrick Knock that looked destined for the top corner late on in the second half.

But it wasn't to be for Harpenden but they will take a lot of heart from their display.

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