East Harling 0-1 Martham
The first team entertained the improved coastal side on a perfect day for football at Church Road.
The home side were looking to continue their good start to the season but were still missing some key squad members for the game.
They couldn’t of wished for a better start when a Sivier knock down saw Holt put his header over the bar from close range with many already celebrating an early opener.
The chance was to form the pattern for the rest of the game as once again the greens looked they were on course to a comfortable win but chances continued to go begging.
Nathan Rose saw a good strike from 20 yards well saved and then moments later drag a one on one finish wide after great work from Tarft.
Allin saw a strike from just inside the box fly wildly off course and a Morris effort almost caught the keeper out at his near post.
Durrant saw a header parried by the keeper and Barnett somehow missed his header from six yards by colliding with his own player.
Senior then linked up superbly with Tarft but his cross evaded the crowd waiting in the box and Olpin thrashed an effort into the side netting as the hosts lay siege to the visiting goal.
Just before half time the greens lost their skipper as Durrant suffered a nasty looking head injury which saw the concussed defender make his way to hospital for precautionary scans which came back clear later that evening.
Denniss then entered the fray with Barnett dropping into an unfamiliar defensive role along side Sivier.
The second half started much the same with Holt crashing a strike wide and Rose going oh so close with a header from close range but didn’t get enough contact and the keeper made another good stop down to his right.
Tarft was proving a nuisance all game to the away side and twice forced the keeper into saves with well struck strikes from 20 yards.
Midway through the half the away side were in dream land as a hopeful long ball found the striker in on goal and he finished superbly by lobbing Woodcock from 25 yards with their first real attack of the game.
Foster then replaced Holt and got straight into the game by turning his marker well and putting a superb cross that Rose was unable to connect with as the clock ticked down.
Conroy then replaced Tarft as the greens went to all out attack mode.
They then went so close as Allin slipped Rose in on goal after a perfectly timed run by the front man but his finish still evaded him as the score remained the same.
Still time for another chance and maybe the best of the lot as Foster put in a superb ball again and this time Conroy met the ball in the six yard box but somehow put his effort well over as the final whistle blew and the greens suffered a set back to their hopeful promotion challenge.
A game of so many missed chances and the home side must dust themselves down and get ready to go again in a huge game at Yelverton next weekend.
East Harling 0-1 Martham