Two off as Magpies crash at home

Barnes and Coombs sent off as Holmer Green take the points

SSML Premier Division

Colney Heath 3 Holmer Green 6

COLNEY Heath’s four game winning streak was halted in dramatic fashion as Holmer Green triumphed in a nine-goal game that saw Magpies’ stopper Billy Barnes and midfielder Jack Coombs sent off.

The Magpies were behind after just four minutes when Andy Shed found himself in on goal and he directed the ball past goalkeeper Barnes.


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The game changing decision came late in the first half when Barnes’ poor clearance was intercepted by Sean Christie and the goalkeeper, trying to rectify his error, bought down the Holmer man leaving the referee little choice but to send him off.

Ricky Perks took over between the sticks but the home side’s cause wasn’t helped by Coombs’ dismissal for a clash with Gareth Williams.

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The second half had barely started when Holmer increased their lead from the penalty spot after Tim Pitt had been hauled down by Perks. Dean Allen converted from the spot.

Heath’s remaining nine men set about their challenge well and they reduced the deficit when Jamie Eames was given the time and space to fire home.

Any hope this may lead to an equaliser was soon extinguished as Holmer scored twice in five minutes through Shed and Christie.

With 25 minutes remaining the home side were awarded a penalty of their own and Ian Cooper dispatched the resultant spot kick to make it 4-2.

Cooper then added a third goal with five minutes left beating Stretton to the ball to poke it home but the visitors ensured it was a comfortable final few minutes with two more goals as Dean Allen and Shed netted, the former to complete his hat-trick.

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