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Dunkirk
Gedling Miners Welfare
Full time
J Jepson (29' Pen, 77', 69'), D Brown (38', 60')
Sat 14 Oct 15:00 - East Midlands Counties League - Premier League Attendance 59

EMCL - Dunkirk 2 - v - 5 Gedling Miners Welfare

Boatman sunk in Gedling onslaught.

Dunkirk – v – Gedling Miners Welfare
East Midlands Counties Football League
Ron Steel Sports Ground | 15.00 Kick off

Dunkirk ………………………2 (Thomas 7’, Chaplin 46’)
Gedling Miners Welfare ….. 5 (Jepson 29’ pen, 69’, 77', Brown 38’, 60,)
(HT 1-2)

The Ron Steel Sports Ground was the venue for Gedling Miners Welfare as they travelled to face Dunkirk looking to make it 7 wins on the bounce in all competitions knowing their hosts will arguably pose their biggest league test this campaign. The Boatmen meanwhile, playing at home for the first time since mid-September, were seeking to build on their latest result, a midweek cup win away at Barrow Town, whilst also not conceding in their last 3 outings.

As predicted, Gedling picked up where they left off against Kimberley Miners Welfare on Tuesday night with similar intensity and physicality intent on combating Dunkirk’s well-known robust approach, familiarised throughout the years at this level of Football. However, despite the early exchanges being played out with a sparring feel, Dunkirk didn’t take long to take the lead. A loose ball was aimlessly hooked forward with no real intent by Ben Gowling, but the ball trickled its way behind Steven Brett and Martin Holt and was pounced on by Daryll Thomas who slotted the ball through the legs of the onrushing Chris Heltorp.

Through their own admission, Gedling struggled in the first quarter hour and they failed to acquaint themselves with the long-balled approach Dunkirk adapted. Stephen Chaplin, through all his experience and know-how, could have doubled his side’s lead but he fired over. 2 minutes later, he fired into the side netting from a tight angle after a mistake from Martin Holt as Dunkirk continued to settle into the game and utilise their game plan. Though, just before the half hour, Gedling, who had failed to register any meaningful attempt on goal, were handed a chance, quite literally, to get back into the game.

After fine work from Dwayne Brown from the wide right, his cross was inexplicably handled by Oliver Robinson and referee Mr. Swain made no hesitation in pointing to the spot under no real complaints from the home side. Jack Jepson stepped up and calmly fired the penalty in to the bottom right-hand corner, evading the dive of home custodian Liam Mitchell to equalise.

As the half wore on, and the tenacity between the both sides intensified, chances came few and far between. Gedling, now stable and accustomed to the direct approach of Dunkirk, came into the affair and were arguably the better team as the half-time interval neared, and it got even better for the men in yellow as they found themselves 2-1 ahead. An arched ball by Holt found the path of Brown who, with inventive foresight, lobbed the ball over the committed Mitchell as the ball bounced its way toward goal before nestling into the unaccompanied net.

The team talk at the half, one assumes, must have centred on Gedling’s complacency in the early stages of the second half, knowing full well that Dunkirk will retaliate in falling behind. However, only a minute after the restart and all of Gedling’s collated messages and notes were thrown out of the metaphoric window, but not without incident.

A floated free kick by Tim Berridge, arguably Dunkirk’s brightest spark, was met at the far stick by Chaplin and his header, though parried by Heltorp, was deemed over the line by assistant Referee Thomas Buhse despite reports suggesting that the ball was several feet in-play much to Gedling’s bemusement and dismay as their continued protests delayed the restart.

Much like the first, the second half continued to limit both sides in front of goal, but the tough-tackling and forcefulness persisted as it became apparent that no side wanted to finish the game on the losing end, and on the hour Gedling showed such intent by taking the lead for the second time. After fantastic hold-up play by Jepson, characteristic of his style, his delightful penetrating pass found the path of Brown who slotted home into an open net after rounding Mitchell, who again had committed himself to meet the trajectory of the pass.

Once again, Dunkirk, finally realising they were competing against a stubborn and forward-minded Gedling, knew they had to respond and to their credit were nearly rewarded with their second equalising goal with what would have been the best goal of the game, but Ben Gowling’s left footed effort thundered back off the crossbar from 20 yards. However, despite Dunkirk going the closest without actually scoring at one end, the visitors all but sealed the game with their 4th of the afternoon on 69 minutes.

Once more, an innocuous through ball, this time by the commanding Jay Knight intended for but left by a knowingly offside Dwayne Brown, was seized upon by the pace of Jepson who cleverly found the top corner via the outside of his boot as he and his teammates knew that their 7th win in as many games was in sight. A real fine effort by the young striker who has proved that his summer move from Aylestone Park was real shrewd business by the Miners.

This was no doubt Gedling’s finest performance of the season and their togetherness, conjoined with some sublime football and methodology, really made it a pleasure to watch as Dunkirk had no answers. Their players and previously loud technical area were subdued as Gedling continued to pour forward in droves, despite the 2 goal cushion, a reflection of their game management and the impressive attacking football on display in abundance so far this season.

13 minutes from the end, and to add the cherry on top of a very tasty cake, Gedling topped off their 5-star performance with their 5th goal. Now stretched, the Dunkirk defensive line could not cope with the relentless and tireless pressure of Jepson and home skipper Pat Newsome was an unfortunate victim by steering the ball into his own net, but via a nudge from Jepson's outstretched toe as his reaction told a very sad tale that summed up the Boatmen’s sorry afternoon. Later, the dubious goal committee awarding the effort to Jepson that completed his hat-trick and taking his tally to 12 for the season.

As the full-time whistle blew, Gedling’s players and staff congregated in unison as it was evident they were overjoyed with arguably their finest result and performance so far this season. Their 7th win on the spin is an unmatched club record in many a year and they aim to continue such a fine run as they entertain Radford next Saturday (21st) at Plains Road, with a 3pm kick off.

Gedling Miners Welfare Men of the Match –
Jack Jepson and Dwayne Brown


Match Attendance
– 59
Referee – Mr. Simon Swain
Assistants – Mr. Thomas Buhse and Mr. Fanran Meng

Dunkirk – Liam Mitchell, Oliver Robinson (Joel Howes 74’), Will Rawdon, Oliver Clark, Toby Moore, Pat Newsome (c), Ben Moore, Ben Gowing (Adrian Lang 67’), Stephen Chaplin, Daryll Thomas, Tim Berridge.
Unused Substitution – David Robinson
Caution– Mitchell (dissent 71’)

Gedling Miners Welfare Chris Heltorp, Joe Evans, Lance Cunningham (Ross McCaughey 51’), Steven Brett, Martin Holt, Jay Knight (Jordan Whitehead 78’), Dwayne Brown, Jimmy Spiers (c), Joe Meakin, Jack Jepson, Jurgen Charlesworth (Alex Clarson 79’).
Unused Substitutions – Chris Marks and Keaton Sharpe
Cautions - Cunningham (foul 34’), Evans (foul 82’)

Match report compiled and edited by Marc Williams
marcusa.williams5@hotmail.co.uk

Jack Jepson

Player of the Match

Jack Jepson
Dwayne Brown

Player of the Match

Dwayne Brown

Key moments

29:00
Scored Penalty Jack Jepson scores a penalty for Gedling Miners Welfare
38:00
Goal Dwayne Brown scores for Gedling Miners Welfare
60:00
Goal Dwayne Brown scores for Gedling Miners Welfare
69:00
Goal Jack Jepson scores for Gedling Miners Welfare
77:00
Goal Jack Jepson scores for Gedling Miners Welfare

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Dwayne Brown is awarded player of the match for Gedling Miners Welfare
90:00 Player of the Match
Jack Jepson is awarded player of the match for Gedling Miners Welfare
82:00 Yellow Card
Joe Evans is yellow carded for Gedling Miners Welfare
79:00 Sub On
Alex Clarson is substituted on for Gedling Miners Welfare
79:00 Sub Off
Jurgen Charlesworth is substituted off for Gedling Miners Welfare
78:00 Sub On
Jordan Whitehead is substituted on for Gedling Miners Welfare
78:00 Sub Off
Jay Knight is substituted off for Gedling Miners Welfare
77:00 Goal 0 - 5
Jack Jepson scores for Gedling Miners Welfare
69:00 Goal 0 - 4
Jack Jepson scores for Gedling Miners Welfare
69:00 Assist
Jay Knight makes an assist for Gedling Miners Welfare
60:00 Goal 0 - 3
Dwayne Brown scores for Gedling Miners Welfare
60:00 Assist
Jurgen Charlesworth makes an assist for Gedling Miners Welfare
51:00 Sub On
Ross McCaughey is substituted on for Gedling Miners Welfare
End of period 1
38:00 Goal 0 - 2
Dwayne Brown scores for Gedling Miners Welfare
38:00 Assist
Martin Holt makes an assist for Gedling Miners Welfare
34:00 Yellow Card
Lance Cunningham is yellow carded for Gedling Miners Welfare
29:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
Jack Jepson scores a penalty for Gedling Miners Welfare
29:00 Assist
Dwayne Brown makes an assist for Gedling Miners Welfare
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As it happened

  • Dunkirk
  • Gedling Miners Welfare
  • 0
  • Jack Jepson Scored Penalty 29:00'
  • Dwayne Brown Assist 29:00'
  • Lance Cunningham Yellow Card 34:00'
  • Dwayne Brown Goal 38:00'
  • Martin Holt Assist 38:00'
  • Ross McCaughey Sub On 51:00'
  • Dwayne Brown Goal 60:00'
  • Jurgen Charlesworth Assist 60:00'
  • Jay Knight Assist 69:00'
  • Jack Jepson Goal 69:00'
  • Jack Jepson Goal 77:00'
  • Jordan Whitehead Sub On 78:00'
  • Jay Knight Sub Off 78:00'
  • Alex Clarson Sub On 79:00'
  • Jurgen Charlesworth Sub Off 79:00'
  • Joe Evans Yellow Card 82:00'

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League round up

Other Premier League results

Birstall United
3
2
Aylestone Park
1
3
3
0
Ashby Ivanhoe
Anstey Nomads
5
1
Kimberley Miners Welfare
A
A
Clifton All Whites
Belper United
3
0

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Aylestone Park 21 33
9. Birstall United 20 32
10. Gedling Miners Welfare 21 31
11. Borrowash Victoria 21 31
12. Holbrook Sports 19 30
13. Barrow Town 21 29
14. Clifton All Whites 18 26

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