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AFC Emley
Shirebrook Town
J Townend (1'), C Roberts (15'), A Slack (48')
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Sat 10 Mar 15:00 - Toolstation Northern Counties East League - Division One Attendance 200

AFC Emley 3-0 Shirebrook Town

With more downs than ups, this was probably the high-water mark so far this season for Joe Howson’s evolving Emley side.

With only one win since the turn of the year, the visit of play off contenders Shirebrook Town was expected to be a tough test. In the end, desire and work rate from the first to the last earned the hosts a 3-0 win.

From the kick off, Emley were straight into Shirebrook territory. As the clock ticked to it’s first full minute, the ball broke to Jordan Townend on the right wing whose cross turned into a shot when Joel Harrison couldn’t quite make contact with his head but he did enough to take the ‘keeper out of the running as Townend’s cross bounced in at the far post.

Less than 15 minutes later, Emley doubled the advantage. A couple of corners left the Shirebrook defence at sixes and sevens and, from the second set-piece, a mini-goal mouth scramble saw Curtis Roberts pop the ball in from 6 yards out.

AFC Emley 3-0 Shirebrook Town
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For the rest of the half, a midfield battle ensued but Hepworth Group Man of the Match Townend was equal to the task with support from captain Josh Ingham and Harrison. Emley carved out a couple of half chances but Shirebrook were frustrated anytime they approached the Emley box to keep the score at 2-0 at the break.

After the interval, Emley expected the visitors to return fired up from their half-time roasting - possibly audible at the top of the cloud shrouded mast. But it was striker Alex Slack who put the game beyond Shirebrook three minutes later.

Leading the front line for the first time at Emley, Slack received a sweet through ball from young right back Will Alderton before twisting and turning past two opposition defenders and sinking a cool finish past a helpless Shirebrook ‘keeper.

As well as winning the midfield battles and restricting Shirebrook when on the attack, Emley continued to press for a fourth with half-chances abound for Slack, Roberts, Bullivant and substitute Jackson.

It was 80 minutes before Shirebrook had their first meaningful chance. The ball squirmed out of ‘keeper Max Dearnley’s grip and fell to the forward who’s shot cannoned over the bar off an Emley defender desperate to keep the clean sheet.

With the rain returning and the pitch really starting to cut up, Emley went into game-management mode and saw the game out for a much deserved 3-0 win.

This was only two games across the NCEL that survived the weather which brought a bumper crowd of 200 who saw a complete performance from Emley.

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Jordan Townend

Player of the Match

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Key moments

Goal Jordan Townend scores for AFC Emley
Goal Curtis Roberts scores for AFC Emley
Goal Alex Slack scores for AFC Emley

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AFC Emley 3-0 Shirebrook Town
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90:00 Player of the Match
Jordan Townend is awarded player of the match for AFC Emley
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Max Dearnley keeps a clean sheet for AFC Emley
78:00 Sub Off
Curtis Roberts is substituted off for AFC Emley
78:00 Sub On
Finn Donavan is substituted on for AFC Emley
64:00 Sub On
Gregg Porter is substituted on for AFC Emley
64:00 Sub Off
Joel Harrison is substituted off for AFC Emley
56:00 Sub On
Joe Jackson is substituted on for AFC Emley
56:00 Sub Off
Jonny Bullivant is substituted off for AFC Emley
48:00 Goal 3 - 0
Alex Slack scores for AFC Emley
End of period 1
15:00 Goal 2 - 0
Curtis Roberts scores for AFC Emley
1:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jordan Townend scores for AFC Emley
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • AFC Emley
  • Shirebrook Town
  • 0
  • Jordan Townend Goal 1:00'
  • Curtis Roberts Goal 15:00'
  • Alex Slack Goal 48:00'
  • Joe Jackson Sub On 56:00'
  • Jonny Bullivant Sub Off 56:00'
  • Gregg Porter Sub On 64:00'
  • Joel Harrison Sub Off 64:00'
  • Finn Donavan Sub On 78:00'
  • Curtis Roberts Sub Off 78:00'

Team selection

Dearnley, Max Dearnley, Max
Alderton, Will Alderton, Will
Starkey, Michael Starkey, Michael
Roberts, Curtis Roberts, Curtis
Stafford, James Stafford, James
Hughes, Wayne Hughes, Wayne
Townend, Jordan Townend, Jordan
Harrison, Joel Harrison, Joel
Bullivant, Jonny Bullivant, Jonny
Ingham, Josh Ingham, Josh
Slack, Alex Slack, Alex

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
10. Winterton Rangers 42 61
11. Swallownest FC 42 58
12. AFC Emley 42 57
13. Rossington Main 42 53
14. Dronfield Town 42 52
15. Ollerton Town 42 47
16. Armthorpe Welfare 42 46


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