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C Croft (44', 78')
Sat 3 Feb 15:00 - East Midlands Counties League - Premier League Attendance 51

EMCL - West Bridgford 1 - 2 Gedling Miners Welfare

Miners sail home from Regatta Way with maximum points

West Bridgford – v – Gedling Miners Welfare
East Midlands Counties Football League
Regatta Way Sports Ground | 15.00 Kick off
Saturday 3rd February 2018

West Bridgford …………………… 1 (Daley 83’)
Gedling Miners Welfare ………… 2 (Croft 44’, 78’)

(HT 0-1)

Gedling Miners Welfare travelled south of the River Trent to face reigning East Midlands Counties champions West Bridgford in what was the first visit back to their old stomping ground for title-winning managerial duo Stuart Robinson and Chris Marks, now in charge of the visitors. The hosts, who sat 18th at the start of play, came into the game on the back of a 6-0 thumping to Dunkirk last time out whilst Gedling, looking to rise to 6th with victory, also suffered defeat – a 2-1 home loss to Kimberley Miners Welfare last weekend.

The game was only 3 minutes old when Gedling may have taken the lead. However, after good interplay by Aboubacar Sylla and Ross McCaughey down the left, Connor Croft could only pass his effort into the arms of Danny Rigley in the West Bridgford goal. Despite the fast start, the game failed to materialise into a spectacle as both sides could only muster half opportunities that failed to trouble either defences.

Sylla, though, had begun brightly and was causing his full back Tom Hall some difficulties as it became evident early on that Gedling would find success down that wing. However, despite being in the ascendancy for the most part, the next few chances fell to the home side after 16 minutes. After good work by Will Daley his flashed effort across Danny Brown’s goal wasn’t dealt with by the Gedling back line, but, fortunately for them, former-Miner Jurgen Charlesworth couldn’t dig out an effort from under his feet and the danger was eventually cleared. In truth, both sides became sloppy in possession and was ultimately uneventful on the eye in admittedly difficult conditions, but on either side of the half hour mark

West Bridgford, after coping with early Gedling dominance, should really have gone into the half a goal up. Charlesworth, causing trouble down the right, fired a low cross to strike partner Taylor Gardner but his well-directed effort was tipped around well by Brown after 26 minutes. 8 minutes later and the same duo linked up finely again, but Gardner’s flicked header, this time from a high cross from Charlesworth, looped over the crossbar.

Despite the spell of creativity by West Bridgford, it was Gedling who went into the break one up. After a mazy run by McCaughey was unhalted by the home defence, he found Sylla, once more behind his full back, and his fine low cross found an unmarked Connor Croft who this time swept home from the penalty spot for his second in as many games.

Despite being a goal down, West Bridgford always sensed they were in the game, notably due to the tricky wing play of Ross Haig and Tomi Jaiyeloa, but their threat was annulled superbly by Gedling’s defensive four and Brown in the away goal was a spectator for the majority.

The earlier pressure from both sides had dwindled and the second half really failed to produce any noteworthy events. The football really had deteriorated and the focus was mainly on keeping 22 men on the field as the game became a feisty affair after each side shared earlier cautions.

Both sets of players rarely troubled their opposition and you may have sensed that the visitors would take the 3 points back to Plains Road and, 12 minutes before the end, they all but confirmed the victory and in very similar fashion to their opener.

This time, from a wide free kick, McCaughey’s low delivery found an unmarked Croft who, poised on the edge of the area, passed his effort into the bottom corner for his second of the game as West Bridgford succumbed to defeat.

A minute later, from another wide cross, Jake Wholey should have added a third but he couldn’t keep his undisturbed header down.

That miss may have proved costly, however, as 7 minutes from time and the home side did pull one back in a very innocuous manner. From the right, Will Daley delivered a deep hanging cross to the far post but, only known to Daley himself if intentional or not, the ball looped over Brown and nestled into the top corner as his side sensed they may salvage a draw from a very unlikely position.

However, despite the scare, Gedling were defensively resilient and fairly untroubled when called upon. They managed to see out the rest of the encounter without further worry as they recorded the double over West Bridgford this season after their 1-0 home victory back in September.

They host Holwell Sports on Tuesday night (6th February) at Plains Road looking to build on their performance and result today.

Gedling Miners Welfare Man of the Match – Joe Meakin

Match Attendance – 51
Referee – Mr. Mark Scarisbrick
Assistant Referees – Mr. Tim Gregory and Mr. Oliver Thornhill

West Bridgford
– Danny Rigley, Tom Hall (Akin Akinbinu 50’), Ryan Head, Will Heath (c), Dave Erentz, Ant Willey (Tom Coole 78’), Tomi Jaiyeloa, Ross Haig, Taylor Gardner (Anton Hernandez 64’), Jurgen Charlesworth, Will Daly.
Unused Substitutions – Frankie Corbett, Damon Charlton.
Cautions – Heath (dissent 41’)

Gedling Miners Welfare Danny Brown, Adam Morley, Ross McCaughey, Liam Corrigan, Charlie Roberts (Steven Brett 77’), Jay Knight (c) (Luke Smith 72’), Joe Meakin, Connor Croft, Jack Jepson, Errol Campbell (Jake Wholey 60’), Aboubacar Sylla.
Unused Substitution – Ryan Plummer.
Cautions – Croft (dissent 41’), Sylla (foul 44’), Brett (foul 90’)

Match Report compiled and edited by Marc Williams

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Key moments

Goal Connor Croft scores for Gedling Miners Welfare
Goal Connor Croft scores for Gedling Miners Welfare


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90:00 Player of the Match
Joe Meakin is awarded player of the match for Gedling Miners Welfare
89:00 Yellow Card
Steven Brett is yellow carded for Gedling Miners Welfare
78:00 Assist
Ross McCaughey makes an assist for Gedling Miners Welfare
78:00 Goal 0 - 2
Connor Croft scores for Gedling Miners Welfare
77:00 Sub Off
Charlie Roberts is substituted off for Gedling Miners Welfare
72:00 Sub On
Luke Smith is substituted on for Gedling Miners Welfare
72:00 Sub Off
Jay Knight is substituted off for Gedling Miners Welfare
60:00 Sub On
Jake Wholey is substituted on for Gedling Miners Welfare
60:00 Sub Off
Errol Campbell is substituted off for Gedling Miners Welfare
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 0 - 1
Connor Croft scores for Gedling Miners Welfare
44:00 Yellow Card
Aboubacar Sylla is yellow carded for Gedling Miners Welfare
44:00 Assist
Aboubacar Sylla makes an assist for Gedling Miners Welfare
41:00 Yellow Card
Connor Croft is yellow carded for Gedling Miners Welfare
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As it happened

  • West Bridgford FC
  • Gedling Miners Welfare
  • 0
  • Connor Croft Yellow Card 41:00'
  • Aboubacar Sylla Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Connor Croft Goal 44:00'
  • Aboubacar Sylla Assist 44:00'
  • Jake Wholey Sub On 60:00'
  • Errol Campbell Sub Off 60:00'
  • Luke Smith Sub On 72:00'
  • Jay Knight Sub Off 72:00'
  • Charlie Roberts Sub Off 77:00'
  • Connor Croft Goal 78:00'
  • Ross McCaughey Assist 78:00'
  • Steven Brett Yellow Card 89:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Birstall United 40 69
9. Aylestone Park 40 66
10. Gedling Miners Welfare 40 62
11. Barrow Town 40 61
12. Clifton All Whites 40 59
13. Stapenhill 40 50
14. Holbrook Sports 40 44

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