EMCL - Gedling Miners Welfare 0-2 Belper United
Belper reign in the rain
Gedling Miners Welfare – v – Belper United
East Midlands Counties Football League
Plains Road | 15.00 Kick off
Saturday 28th April 2018
Gedling Miners Welfare……... 0
Belper United …………………. 2 (Dunne 5, 70)
Belper United visited Plains Road on Saturday afternoon looking to continue their impressive resurgent form of late having only lost once since December. Their latest win, a 4-2 victory against Anstey Nomads on Thursday saw them come within touching distance of Gedling in the league standings, and would overtake them with a win. Welfare, having beaten Arnold Town and drawing against Birstall United most recently, came into game still looking to mathematically secure themselves a qualifying place in next season’s F.A Cup and sat 9th in the table at the start of proceedings.
The game’s start was lively and Jack Jepson may have opened the scoring but his snapshot fell kindly to Mark Rathbone after only 2 minutes. A physical start, the returning Steven Brett made his presence known early as Adam Dring felt the full force of the defender’s early challenge. However, from the resulting free kick and Belper took the lead. Ignoring Danny Brown’s instruction not to jump, Michael Dunne cleverly passed the ball under the wall and found the bottom corner much the ‘keeper’s dismay.
Despite the scoreline, Gedling got back into the affair and were arguably the better team in possession, however, their final product lacked. They did find early success down the width with Joe Meakin and Ross McCaughey looking to pile on the pressure. McCaughey tested his own luck from distance on the quarter hour but Rathbone watched it well and tipped round for a corner. The game suppressed and whilst the home team arguably edged the better of possession the game lacked any real cutting edge for both teams. Both sets of defensive stalwarts remained untroubled for the most part and, apart from the early goal, the game dwindled into a humdrum affair.
The second half opened in similar fashion to how the first ended. Neither team posed any threats early on, and was it down to both sets of midfields to cancel one another out. A game of very limited opportunities, the next best chance fell on the hour and the Miners should have equalised. However, after good hold up play by Jepson, testing the away defence all afternoon, Liam Corrigan could only drag his effort wide from the left, just evading the presence of Jay Knight who was lingering at the back post.
Belper, looking to eradicate a comeback from Gedling, started to grow into the game and at this stage found it easy to contain their opponents. Though, despite the game being played professionally and to the standard expected, referee Ryan Kelly did his best to interrupt any flow of the game unnecessarily and delayed proceedings for several minutes whilst he deliberated with both captains on more than one occasion.
However, the interruptions didn’t deter the away side and on 70 minutes they ensured the 3 points headed back to Derbyshire. After a wicked low free kick from the right by full back Alfie Holland, Dunne flicked home his and Belper’s second past Brown as the striker took the plaudits from his colleagues.
In the most part, a very dismal affair. Belper remained unperturbed all afternoon and, despite a late Daniel Pass effort that crashed off the post, ensured they went back down the A52 with their recent commendable record intact. Dunne may have notched his hat trick late on but his innocuous effort from the left was tipped over well by a surprised Brown.
Respectfully, Gedling deserved nothing from the game based on today’s performance and their passage into the F.A. Cup still remains in doubt. They look to make amends on Tuesday night (1st May) as they host their penultimate game of the season when Holwell Sports make the trip to Plains Road from Melton Mowbray, kick off 7.45pm. The following Saturday (5th May), Ashby Ivanhoe travel to Mapperley in the final game of this season’s East Midlands Counties campaign, 3pm kick off.
Gedling Miners Welfare Man of the Match – Steven Brett
Match Attendance – 58
Referee – Mr. Ryan Kelly
Assistant Referees – Mr. George Sleigh and Mr. Thomas Kanderakis
Gedling Miners Welfare – Danny Brown, Adam Morley, Steven Brett, Charlie Roberts, Luke Smith, Joe Meakin, Jimmy Spiers (c), Liam Corrigan, Ross McCaughey, Jack Jepson, Jay Knight (Daniel Pass 62’)
Unused Substitutes – Stuart Robinson, Chris Marks, Dave Green
Cautions – Smith (foul 40’), Pass (dissent 90’), Corrigan (foul 90’)
Belper United – Mark Rathbone, Ben Rushby (c), Alfie Holland, Matt Adcock, Anthony Louis, Dean Oliver, Ashley Dhinsa, Tom Curtis (Thomas Rushby 73’), James Rushby, Adam Dring (David Hinde 80’), Michael Dunne
Unused Substitutions – Timothy Adcock, Adam Burton
Cautions – Dhinsa (dissent 40’)
Match report compiled and edited by Marc Williams