EMCL - Gedling Miners Welfare 1 -v- 3 Graham Street Prims
Prims leave Mapperley with all 3 points as Gedling's winless streak continues
Gedling Miners Welfare –v– Graham Street Prims
East Midlands Counties Football League
Saturday 13th October
Plains Road | 3pm Kick Off
Gedling Miners Welfare ………………… 1 (Corrigan 73’)
Graham Street Prims ……………………. 3 (Fell 35’, 67’, Brown OG, 76’)
Gedling Miners Welfare’s dismal run in the league continues as their pointless streak extends to 4 after a 3-1 defeat to Graham Street Prims on Saturday afternoon at Plains Road. A double from Lee Fell and an own goal by Dwayne Brown ensured the visitors ran out worthy winners as they climb to fourth in the East Midlands Counties League.
The hosts started well and sought to end their poor run of league form by pinning Prims on the back foot early on. Straight from kick off Aboubacar Sylla found space down the left in behind Joe Hunt and his pull back found Joe Meakin whose superb cross was hastily dealt with by Elliott Dawson who skewed over his own crossbar.
Despite the open start, both teams played out a cagey affair early on and chances in front of goal were limited. After 7 minutes, Prims went closest to opening the scoring but, after good build up from Hunt, Lee Fell couldn’t keep his effort goal bound from the edge of the area and the ball sailed wide.
With neither side posing very much of note, Gedling began to grow into the game. Courtney Hastings’ tireless runs into the channels were promising and were starting to worry the visiting back line. Jordan Kelly in particular often finding himself out of position amidst the clever movement but Gedling failed to capitalise.
The home side remained the better team as the game ticked, however, both teams were guilty of failing to find their targets when in possession. Shortly before the 20th minute, Brandon Gwinnutt linked up well with Fell but his dangerous cross, aimed for the lurking Kevin Morrow, was anticipated by the retreating Bijan Pakrouz who thwarted the danger.
Despite their start, Prims started to get a foot hold of the game and they themselves were out to make amends for their recent form which have seen them bow out of the Derbyshire Senior Cup and lose their position at the top of the table.
As the half progressed, they started to pose more of a threat but lacked that crucial final pass that would worry Gedling. Fell went close once more but, after being found by substitute Matt Harris, he couldn’t keep his effort down.
In truth, the game was poor and any form of noteworthy action was restricted to half chances. However, just before the half hour, Gedling really should have taken the lead.
After picking the ball up just inside his own half, Sylla danced around 4 and found himself inside the area but, rather questionably and unselfishly, elected to pass to Jurgen Charlesworth who couldn’t find his feet in time and was let down by a poor touch and the danger was cleared by Hunt. A poor decision by Sylla to square his pass and most would argue the winger should have gone alone after completing all of the hard work.
Shortly after the half hour and Danny Brown made his first contribution to the game after he collected well from a Harris snapshot. The ‘keeper having very little to do in the opening 30 minutes as he, and his defensive stalwarts, remained fairly untroubled. A minute later and Brown had to be alert once again as Harris this time turned provider setting up Gwinnutt but, despite cleverly adjusting his body to shoot, couldn’t keep his half volley on target and the ball fizzed past the far post.
Despite the slow start and lack of any clear cut opportunities, a sense that the first goal wasn’t long in coming was certainly present and ten minutes before half time, Prims notched the go ahead goal following a good spell for the visitors.
After some neat wide play down the right between Kial Thurman and Michael Fitzhugh, the former, after finding himself in behind, whipped a dangerous cross to the front post and, after finding some fortune following a ricochet, Fell swept home under Brown to give his side the lead.
Since going ahead, Prims looked good for their lead and consolidated their position going into the break. A minute after the restart, Harris found Thurman following some hesitant defending by Charlesworth, but the midfielder skewed his effort over the crossbar.
On the contrary, Gedling were somewhat guilty of overplaying their way into trouble but Prims couldn’t make their hosts pay with some loose final passes and were becoming frustrated with the assistant referee’s offside flag on more than one occasion.
Gedling’s best chance to level the scoreline came just after the hour and following some hesitation between defender Elliott Dawson and ‘keeper Andrew Fretwell, Sylla nipped in but Fretwell, completely unbeknownst to him, saved with his legs as the inquest began.
The opportunity came and went as Gedling were running out of time to put a halt to their winless run, but things got even worse for them when in the 67th minute and despite their best efforts, Prims doubled their lead.
Following a quick break and some superb football between Harris, Fell and Gwinnutt down their left, Ross McCaughey put behind for a corner. From the resultant set piece, Fitzhugh’s pin point delivery found Fell who rose above everybody to head home his second of the afternoon.
What looked like an unassailable lead going into the final few stages of the match, Prims couldn’t be blamed for assuming 3 points were headed back to Derbyshire. However, Gedling had other ideas and 6 minutes later, they pulled within one.
After Dwayne Brown was felled to prevent a promising venture forward, Meakin tested Fretwell with a wind-assisted free kick, but the ‘keeper excellently matched the effort by tipping round. From the subsequent quickly taken corner, Meakin and substitute Will Bouden combined and the superb cross found from an angle found an unmarked Liam Corrigan who nodded home with ease.
Recognising a comeback was possible, Gedling rushed to get the game restarted as they sensed an unlikely point was viable. However, only 3 minutes later, all efforts were in vain as Prims regained their two goal cushion.
Referee Naji Naji had adjudged Jacob Tabreham had been too eager to win the ball on the left and, from the free kick, Thurman delivered a wicked ball that may have deceived Dwayne Brown, acting as a one man wall, in the testing conditions and the defender could only help the divert the ball toward the goal with his head and the ball nestled into the bottom corner via a post. An unfortunate piece of luck for Brown who impressed on the day.
Brown’s own goal typified the afternoon for Gedling as not much fell their way and they edged closer to their 4th straight league defeat. Prims, however, continued to push forward and, to their credit, still maintained their attacking intentions.
Shortly before the full time whistle, Kurt Dallison tested his luck to extend Prims’ lead but, from an angle, Brown collected well. 2 minutes later, and with the last effort of the game, Jordan Lee couldn’t keep his effort down after finding space on the edge of the area as Mr. Naji drew a close to proceedings.
Despite Gedling showcasing some encouraging performances of late, they were always second best in this one as Prims’ secured their second consecutive win in all competitions but only their first in the league since early September. Miners are on the road next Saturday (20th) when they make the short journey to the Stag Ground to face Kimberley Miners Welfare, kick off 3pm.
Gedling Miners Welfare Man of the Match – Liam Corrigan
Match Attendance - 63
Referee – Naji Naji
Assistant Referees – John Thornhill and Kevin Tietjen
Gedling Miners Welfare – Danny Brown, Dwayne Brown (Charlie Roberts 81’), Ross McCaughey (c), Bijan Pakrouz (Jack Millward 71’), Jacob Tabreham, Liam Corrigan, Joe Meakin, Jimmy Spiers, Courtney Hastings (Will Bouden 61’), Jurgen Charlesworth, Aboubacar Sylla,
Unused Substitutes – Mason Coy, Cameron Frost
Graham Street Prims – Andrew Fretwell, Joe Hunt, Elliott Dawson, Jack Havron, Jordan Kelly, Oliver Ball, Kial Thurman, Brandon Gwinnutt (c), Kevin Morrow (Matt Harris 19’, (Kurt Dallison 83’)), Lee Fell, Michael Fitzhugh (Jordan Lee 70’)
Unused Substitutes – James Allen, George Lynam
Cautions – Kelly (foul 60’), Havron (foul 86’)
Match report compiled and edited by Marc Williams