MATCH REPORT | Gedling Miners Welfare 0 -v- 1 Sherwood Colliery
Gedling fall short against title challengers
Gedling Miners Welfare –v– Sherwood Colliery
East Midlands Counties Football League
Saturday 10th November
Plains Road | 3pm Kick Off
Gedling Miners Welfare ………. 0
Sherwood Colliery ………………. 1 (Theakstone 25’)
A Liam Theakstone strike midway through the first half gave Sherwood Colliery their 3rd win on the spin as they extended Gedling Miners Welfare’s winless run to 8 league games at Plains Road on Saturday afternoon.
In testing conditions, it became apparent early on that both sides would have to tweak their respective game plans in order to cope with the swirling wind and rain that had descended onto Plains Road. However, very little excuse could be made for the caution of Jack Jepson for dissent after only 47 seconds on the referees watch.
The striker deemed to have delayed the restart of the match after supposedly kicking the ball away after Stuart Mallows had blown for an earlier infringement.
The tone was set and the early exchanges were cagey. The first chance came after 9 minutes and after Liam Theakstone had smartly flicked the ball over Ross McCaughey, cleverly deceived Felix Hogg who had committed, his shot on goal was excellently blocked by Luke Smith who read the danger superbly. Smith's efforts typifying Gedling’s never-say-die attitude of late.
A minute later and Theakstone was in the thick of it once more as his shot, following a cross by Ricky Starbuck, was brilliantly saved by Lance Walker as the visitors started well.
At the other end and Jepson, with acute awareness, audaciously tried to lob Sherwood ‘keeper Liam Kerry after spotting him off his line but his effort, from all of 40 yards, cleared both him and the crossbar.
Expectedly, Sherwood dominated the proceeding exchanges and looked to their lively front quartet early on to cause trouble. However, their next best opportunity to opening the scoring came more directly as a Jamie York free kick was met by the towering head of Jobe Shaw but the defender, up from a previous set piece, couldn’t keep his header on target.
Gedling battled resiliently and set about frustrating their combative opponents in a game that certainly carried a feisty feel to it. After controlling well, Joe Meakin’s effort shortly after the 20th minute was deflected wide by Dale Gilliatt. From the resulting corner, Meakin’s characteristically delivered set piece troubled Kerry who could only flap at the cross before the danger was alleviated from his goalmouth.
Shortly afterwards, Meakin’s effort, this time after linking up well with Jimmy Spiers, was again terrifically blocked by as Gedling enjoyed a positive spell. However, as the ball was cleared downfield Sherwood, rather fortunately, took the lead.
After Jimmy Adcock, a former Chesterfield graduate, had found space in the middle of the park, his pass, aimed for Theakstone, was seemingly dealt with by McCaughey who readied to clear. However, after the full back slipped, Theakstone found time and space unopposed to latch onto the loose ball and drill home past Walker for the opener.
A bitter blow for the home side who didn’t deserve to succumb to the circumstance that led to them being a goal down. However, 9 minutes after going behind and they really should have been given the chance to level the scoreline.
After Ewan Robson had sold Kerry short with an under hit pass, Jepson, alert as always, pounced on the opportunity and, after a coming together, nicked the ball around the ‘keeper before going to ground after being scythed down.
Referee Mallows waving away protests from those in yellow and cleared a sheepishly-looking Kerry of any wrongdoing, citing Jepson as the perpetrator. After a lengthy delay whilst Jepson, who had to be substituted thereafter, received treatment, Mallows questionably gave a goal kick as the home side’s protestations continued.
Feeling aggrieved, Gedling continued to cause Sherwood some problems but were undeservedly shorthanded following Jepson’s premature departure.
As the half ticked toward it’s close, both sides shared great opportunities that would have certainly defined the second period.
7 minutes from the interval, a deep cross from Starbuck, excellent with his deliveries on the day, found Gareth Curtis and the striker’s volley, whilst unconvincing, bobbled onto the post as Walker scrambled to usher the ball out of play. 10 minutes later, now deep into stoppage time following the earlier delay, Meakin stung the hands of Kerry as his shot, through a crowd of bodies, was palmed away.
In the last action of the half, and in the 6th minute of time added on, Sherwood should have really gone in 2 up but Weaver, on the end of another delightful cross from Starbuck, spooned his unmarked effort with the goal gaping and Walker collected with relief.
Gedling came out the better side and looked to reduce the arrears their performance, and misfortune, deserved. 4 minutes after the restart and Spiers and McCaughey combined well down the left and, following some neat footwork and control, the latter could only fire straight at Kerry.
3 minutes later and Courtney Hasting’s effort, finding some luck after a ricochet, couldn’t emulate McCaughey’s effort and the shot was caught seamlessly by Sherwood’s number one.
At the other end and Walker, following on from his midweek exploits against Arnold Town, had to be alert once more after Weaver’s shot, following a delightful pass from York, was saved by his outstretched leg to keep the score at 1.
Sherwood could count this as one of their trickiest outings of the season and became frustrated at not being able to seal the game despite good opportunities. Their penalty area was under siege once again in the 55th minute after Smith’s dangerous cross was inches away from the rising Liam Corrigan who couldn’t quite meet the delivery.
As the half ticked, Gedling certainly sensed that their showing would produce a warranted equaliser. Aboubacar Sylla, quiet for the most part, began to worry Eden Homer with his direct approach and his fierce cross shortly before the hour was flicked goalwards by Hastings but his header sailed wide.
A minute later and Meakin’s deep cross to the back post gave Jurgen Charlesworth the challenge Starbuck but the substitute couldn’t wrap his foot around the ball and was always stretching to keep the play alive. Not long after that, Spiers unleashed a long ranged stinging effort but Kerry collected at the second attempt as he offered some much needed respite to his team.
Sherwood’s best chance to double their lead came midway through the second period but after Homer’s free kick found the head of Jordan Ingram, he couldn’t keep his effort down.
Despite early promise in the first half, Sherwood lacked any real composure in the final third and struggled to land that final pass to their dangerous front men. However, their introduction of Nathan Clarke in the 62nd minute was a positive one, but it was his turn to be thwarted by an inspired Walker 18 minutes from time.
After Clarke turned well to evade any challenge, his low drive, after being found by Adcock, was excellently halted by Walker who got down well with exceptional reflexes to keep his side in it. 2 minutes later and Mason Coy’s effort lacked precision and his shot, after avoiding the series of tackles around him, was straight at Kerry.
Miners continued to edge the affair but couldn’t find that end product that would get them back into the game. On the contrary, Sherwood, who had defended tremendously throughout, relied on the counter attack in the latter stages to ensure all 3 points would head back to Mansfield Woodhouse.
4 minutes before the end and they may have wrapped up the win but Curtis’ wicked cross wasn’t anticipated by his colleagues and the ball flashed across Walker’s area unopposed and out for a throw-in. 3 minutes later and the home custodian again was on hand to give Gedling every chance of grabbing a late point after another wonderful save prevented Curtis notching his 14th of the season.
As the final seconds ticked, and Gedling threw everything at the away defence with an aerial bombardment, their efforts were ultimately unrewarded as Sherwood held firm. With the last action of the game, McCaughey’s deep cross, aimed to cause panic in the ranks, fell to Charlesworth, but the midfielder lacked any conviction and composure as his shot was sliced wide as the referee blew the game to a close.
A superb showing from the home side and one that exemplifies their performances of late despite recent results. They fell to their 8th consecutive loss in the East Midlands Counties League but can be certainly encouraged by their latest display despite the outcome.
They look to turn the form guide on its head on Tuesday night (13th November) as they travel to Regatta Way to face West Bridgford, kick off 7.45, before hosting Rainworth Miners Welfare at Plains Road next Saturday (17th November).
Gedling Miners Welfare Man of the Match – Lance Walker
Referee – Stuart Mallows
Assistant Referees – Thomas Buhse and Simon Preston
Match Attendance – 64
Gedling Miners Welfare – Lance Walker, Dwayne Brown, Ross McCaughey (c), Luke Smith (Mason Coy 70’), Liam Corrigan, Felix Hogg, Courtney Hastings, Jimmy Spiers, Jack Jepson (Jurgen Charlesworth 40’), Joe Meakin, Aboubacar Sylla
Unused Substitutes – Reiss Coy
Cautions – Jepson (dissent 1’), Hogg (dissent 34’),
Sherwood Colliery – Liam Kerry, Eden Homer, Ricky Starbuck, Job Shaw ©, Dale Gilliatt (Jack Warner 75’), Ewan Robson, Jamie York (Jordan Ingram 62’), Jimmy Adcock, Liam Theakstone, Gareth Curtis, Lewis Waver (Nathan Clarke 62’)
Unused Substitutes - Tim Gregory, Wayne Savage
Cautions – Adcock (foul 40’), Clarke (foul 75’)
Match report compiled and edited by Marc Williams