Saturday 31st August 2019 FA Vase First Qualifying Round
HOLWELL SPORTS 1 HEANOR TOWN 2
By STAN WILTON
This game saw the return from Pinxton of Lions favourite Kieran Debrouwer, but he failed to stamp his authority on this game spoiled by the number of chances the Lions failed to take and a series of poor decisions taken by Skegness whistler Robert Holland.
Two penalty decisions, one given and one not, could have changed the entire complexion of this game, but fortunately they did not. But in a game in which the final scoreline flattered the United Counties League hosts, Heanor will have to learn to put their undoubted goalscoring authority onto games where they outplay the opposition.
The win earned the Lions a home Second Qualifying Round tie against Birstall United Social, also from the United Counties League.
The game began in drizzle but for the most part was played in sunshine with a swirling Crossfield wind.
THE STORY OF THE GAME
JAMES OZMEN’s header from a corner across goal went in off the inside of an upright to give Heanor a first minute advantage.
Ozmen’s low cross was cleared with some difficulty by the Holwell defence who were finding it difficult to cope with Heanor’s attacks.
Kieran Debrouwer exchanges passes with Oliver Pratt but shot over the bar.
Jamie Sheigh’s shot on the turn after making space lacked power and Ben Challis saved easily.
Ozmen’s low shot for the bottom corner saved by Challis.
Holwell’s first attack of note ended with skipper Ian Bitmead chipping the ball over the bar after exchanging passes with Aaron Black.
Rob Ritchie-Smith’s pass down the line set Debrouwer free but his shot lacked power to beat Challis and another excellent scoring opportunity went begging.
Debrouwer shot inches over.
Bitmead’s half volley on the turn brought a good diving save out of Jordan Pierrepont.
Pierrepont went full length to save a Leighton Nicholson shot for a corner as Holwell enjoyed their best spell of the game.
Josh Craddock’s shot from an Ozmen pass was deflected for a corner.
George Coser’s free kick was deflected onto the angle of bar and post by a flying one-handed save from Pierrepont.
Heanor hit back and Rob Ritchie-Smith’s shot was saved at full stretch for a corner by Challis.
Challis saved from Ozmen who had been played clear. We wondered if Heanor would regret missing this scoring opportunities.
Holwell Sports 0 Heanor Town 1
The referee made the first of his penalty errors turning down a blatant hand ball in the penalty area despite Heanor’s pleas. The official said he didn’t see it. From where he was if he didn’t see that he should not have been on the field!
Ozmen provided the cross and SAM BIRKS tapped Heanor 2-0 in front.
Alex Brown’s piledriver from Debrouwer’s pass cleared the bar by inches.
Rob Ritchie-Smith penalised for a tackle on Nicholson when he clearly got a touch on the ball. Referee Holland’s second debatable decision of the game to award Holwell a penalty from which GEORGE COSER scored with their only second half shot at goal.
Skipper Shaun Roulston saw his bullet header from a corner come back off the crossbar as the Lions looked to kill off the game with a steady stream of pressure which restricted the home side to little possession but failed to provided the required quality in front of goal.
Sam Birks played an exquisite through ball for substitute Kieran Debrouwer to race clear and under normal circumstances you would have expected the experienced striker to have scored the goal which would have put the tie to bed, but his shot was cleared off the line.
Debrouwer put substitute Jonathan Jebbison through and his low shot beat Challis but went wide across goal.
Holwell Sports 1 Heanor Town 2