NEW Holmer Green manager Matt Stowell suffered defeat in his first match in charge after a 4-1 loss at Fairford Town in the Hellenic League Premier Division on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

A goal from Pav Kotwica gave The Greens the lead inside four minutes at Cinder Lane but Fairford took an advantage into the break thanks to strikes from Dan Bailey and Connor Thompson.

The home team secured the points in the second half with goals from Thompson and Jamie Reid, leaving the visitors third from bottom in the league tale.

Holmer Green turn their attention to the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup and a preliminary round tie against Newport Pagnell Town from the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division at Watchet Lane on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Stowell, 42, will work with development team manager Jez Hodges and youth team boss Ian Lancaster to familiarise himself with the club and its players. It is expected there will be new faces in the coming weeks as the club builds on its resources.

Stowell was forced to retire, aged 26, due to injuries but a professional career saw him play for Reading, Slough Town, Bristol City, Yeovil Town and Rushden & Diamonds. During this time he obtained his UEFA B coaching qualification and went on to play and coach in Serie D.

He has been involved in the creation and establishment of Buzz Gym in the Thames Valley region, but retained a wish to return to coaching and utilise his knowledge, experience and passion for football.

Stowell has been involved with Flackwell Heath but sees the role at Watchet Lane as the perfect opportunity to focus on growing and developing talent at the club.

Flackwell Heath did not have a fixture to fulfil last weekend but return to action with a Senior Cup preliminary round tie against league rivals Shrivenham at Wilks Park on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Risborough Rangers maintained their unbeaten start in the Hellenic League Division One East this season following their 2-1 win at Woodley United on Saturday.

A goal from Max Laschok gave Woodley the lead inside 15 minutes at Rivermoor, but goals either side of half-time from Sam Pekun and Bertie Squire-Adams ensured all three points for Rangers.

Risborough turn their attention to the FA Vase and a first round proper tie against FC Clacton from the Eastern Counties League Premier Division at Windsors this Saturday (3pm).

Marlow United remain in second position in the league table despite their 3-0 defeat at Wokingham & Emmbrook on Saturday.

A second-half brace from Luke Scope plus a Jake White strike secured all three points for the home team at the Emmbrook Sports Ground.

Marlow turn their attention to the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy and a second round tie at Winslow United from the Spartan South Midlands League Division One this Saturday (3pm).

Penn & Tylers Green hold onto third position following their 2-1 win at Thame Rangers on Saturday.

Goals either side of the break from Pratel Raja gave Penn a clear advantage heading into the break at The ASM Stadium before Patrick Buston pulled one back for Thame in the second half.

Penn & Tylers Green head to Amersham Town from the Spartan South Midlands League Division One in round two of the Senior Trophy this Saturday (3pm).