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Gresley FC
Coalville Town
J Langston (73'), R Mulonga (81')
Full time
J Woolley (66')
Mon 6 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - First Division South Attendance 423

Gresley Win Derby Battle

Coalville lose to neighbours but put in a good performance

Coalville travelled to Derbyshire neighbours for this Bank Holiday derby game and despite being the better side for the majority of the game they were undone again with a combination of not converting their possession into goals and a bizarre refereeing performance that left both sets of supporters scratching their heads at times.

Tommy Brookbanks brought in Benn Minshull for his first start for the club and Jake Woolley was restored to the line up following his injury. Joe Hopewell also made his first team debut from the bench.

The Ravens started brightly and almost opened the scoring on five minutes. Nathan Watson played in Alex Dean and his shot was deflected wide for a corner which was hit over the bar by Minshull. soon after Josh Raven launched a long throw into the box which Sam Saunders flicked on and found Minshull whose shot was well over the goal again.

The first incident involving referee Robbie Dadley occurred in the 10th minute when Jack Langston tackled Woolley. The Gresley man’s challenge was strong but he clearly won the ball but he was adjudged to have committed a foul and was shown a yellow card.

The visitors continued to push and Minshull found Watson who shot just wide of the upright from the edge of the penalty area.

Gresley’s first chance came in the 25th minute as Chris Richards whipped in a cross from the left which flashed in front of the goal but none of his team mates were on hand to apply the finishing touch. Josh Raven then fouled Richards an Langston’s free kick was met by the head of John Guy but he couldn’t direct his effort on target.

Martin Smyth then found himself in the book for a challenge on Watson. As the game seemed to be heading for the break goalless Ellis Storey challenged Kieran O’Connell in the box and appeared to have won the ball cleanly. Despite no Gresley players or supporters appealing for a penalty Mr Dadley blew his whistle and pointed to the spot with gusto. Up stepped Gresley’s top scorer Alex Steadman who hit his spot kick powerfully but Sean Bowles stretched up his right hand and saved superbly with the rebound being hit over.

As the half time whistle blew even Liam Roberts in the Gresley goal said to the Coalville supporters behind him it was never a penalty so justice was done on this occasion.

The Ravens continued where they left off and should have opened the scoring in the the 51st minute. A long ball forward was missed by the Gresley defence ad Luke Smithson burst through but with just the keeper to beat he hit his shot wide of the goal.

Alex Dean was next into the book as he was booked for “simulation” by the referee.

The deadlock was broken in the 65th minute. Coalville were awarded a free kick and thee ball was played over from the left to Woolley who made no mistake as he buried the ball past Roberts for his 20th goal of the season.

Woolley was in the thick of the action again. Firstly he was fouled by Lucas Harrison who was yet another booking and then he out muscled John Guy and fired off his shot which was dealt with by Roberts.

Gresley got back into the game with a well taken goal. The ball was played to Jack Langston who rifled the ball past Bowles from 25 yards to draw the hosts level.


With eight minutes remaining Harrison went down very easily on the edge of the box. Referee Dadley awarded a free kick and whilst Bowles was setting up his wall the kick was taken which the Ravens keeper managed to get a hand to but couldn’t hold the ball and substitute Rob Mulonga scored from close range.

Mr Dadley wasn’t finished and he handed two late bookings to Storey and Raven before blowing a final whistle.

How a game managed to have so many bookings when a bad foul wasn’t committed by either side remains a mystery but Gresley boosted their play off hopes with three points

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Key moments

66:00
Goal Jake Woolley scores for Coalville Town
73:00
Goal Jack Langston scores for Gresley FC
81:00
Goal Rob Mulonga scores for Gresley FC

Highlights

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81:00 Goal 2 - 1
Rob Mulonga scores for Gresley FC
77:00 Sub Off
Alex Steadman is substituted off for Gresley FC
77:00 Sub On
Rob Mulonga is substituted on for Gresley FC
73:00 Goal 1 - 1
Jack Langston scores for Gresley FC
71:00 Sub On
Karl Ashton is substituted on for Gresley FC
71:00 Sub Off
Chris Richards is substituted off for Gresley FC
57:00 Sub Off
Jamie Barrett is substituted off for Gresley FC
57:00 Sub On
Sam Grice is substituted on for Gresley FC
End of period 1
43:00 Missed Penalty
Alex Steadman misses a penalty for Gresley FC
35:00 Yellow Card
Martin Smyth is yellow carded for Gresley FC
10:00 Yellow Card
Jack Langston is yellow carded for Gresley FC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Gresley FC
  • Coalville Town
  • 0
  • Jack Langston Yellow Card 10:00'
  • Martin Smyth Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Alex Steadman Missed Penalty 43:00'
  • Sam Grice Sub On 57:00'
  • Jamie Barrett Sub Off 57:00'
  • Alex Dean Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Jake Woolley Goal 66:00'
  • Ben Wallace Sub On 67:00'
  • Benn Minshull Sub Off 67:00'
  • Karl Ashton Sub On 71:00'
  • Chris Richards Sub Off 71:00'
  • Jack Langston Goal 73:00'
  • Rob Mulonga Sub On 77:00'
  • Alex Steadman Sub Off 77:00'
  • Joe Hopewell Sub On 79:00'
  • Luke Smithson Sub Off 79:00'
  • Rob Mulonga Goal 81:00'
  • Ellis Storey Yellow Card 86:00'
  • Josh Raven Yellow Card 86:00'

Team selection

Coalville Town
  • 1. Sean Bowles (c)
  • 2. Josh Raven
  • 3. Ellis Storey
  • 4. Jamie McAteer
  • 5. Sam Saunders
  • 6. Jared Holmes
  • 7. Benn Minshull
  • 8. Luke Smithson
  • 9. Jake Woolley
  • 10. Nathan Watson
  • 11. Alex Dean
  • 12. Barry Deacon
  • 13. Josh Morrall
  • 14. Ben Wallace
  • 15. Joe Hopewell
Gresley FC
  • 1. Liam Roberts
  • 2. Matt Roome
  • 3. Lucas Harrison
  • 4. John Guy
  • 5. Jamie Barrett
  • 6. Eric Graves
  • 7. Martin Smyth
  • 8. Kieran O'Connell
  • 9. Alex Steadman
  • 10. Jack Langston
  • 11. Chris Richards
  • 12. Rob Mulonga
  • 14. Karl Ashton
  • 15. Sam Grice
  • 16. Ryan King
  • 17. Hayden Johns

League round up

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2
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2
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1
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# Team Pl Pts
8. Tividale 42 71
9. Lincoln United 42 66
10. Coalville Town 42 61
11. Norton United 42 61
12. Romulus 42 61
13. Chasetown 42 51
14. Loughborough Dynamo 42 48

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