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2nd Team - Match centre

Whitecroft
Lydney Town Reserves
M Thompson (10'), J Giddins (60'), B Kear (85')
Full time
Tue 15 May 18:45 - Gloucestershire Northern Senior League - Division 2

A game too far for Ressies

Whitecroft too much for tired Reserves

After finding one last push to score an added time winner on Saturday, the last thing our Reserves needed was a local derby against a side looking for important promotion points.

That side happened to be local rivals Whitecroft, and following a surprise home defeat against Smiths in their last game, they were not about to let another opportunity to close the gap on second place slip this time.

The Greeks were at it from the off, they set about a very lethargic Lydney and had them on the back foot immediately. Luke Hutton should have opened the scoring as early as the 5th minute. Finding himself in on goal the normally accomplished finisher thumped his effort well wide.
The hosts did not have to wait much longer to go in front. Price cleared a threat down the flank for a corner and when Lydney failed to clear Moses Thompson crashed home a volley from 6 yards.

Whitecroft don't lose many at home and they use the slant on the pitch well. Clearing balls out wide to use the pace of Carl James to run riot at defenders. In striker Brad Kear they also had the best player on the night by a country mile. It's a long time since iv'e seen a better display from a front man than he put in. Strong and quick up top, tenacious in the tackle and his work rate rubbed off on his team mates.

Lydney only had two sights of goal in the first half. The first was a break by Sam Wines down the left flank. The in form striker has gobbled these chances up in recent weeks, but on this occasion keeper Pass saved with his feet. Jacob English had the other but he headed wide at the far post.
Whitecroft ended the half on top and Giddins might have done better with a free header from a corner just before the break.

It was Kear who threatened first early in the second half. After shaking off his marker the number 9 screwed his shot horribly wide with just the keeper to beat.
He was at it again 10 minutes later, bursting through half hearted tackles the burly striker arrowed his effort towards the top bin, but Steve Jones made a miraculous save to keep it out.

Whitecroft increased their lead from the resulting corner. A superb cross was powerfully headed home off the near post by Giddins. Town seemed resigned to defeat with most of the fight drained out of them. Sheppard made way for Dave Jenkins and to their credit they never succumbed to the home side's onslaught and continued to make them work.

The inevitable 3rd goal was scored by the player of the night. Not to be denied, Kear scored the goal his overall effort deserved with just minutes left. After making room on the edge of the box he fired an unstoppable shot inside Jones's far post to seal a first class display.

The Greeks were determined to make amends for their defeat at home on Saturday, and Lydney were the ideal side to face following their epic effort to produce a 7 game winning run to banish any thoughts of relegation.

Both clubs have one game left. Town play a dead rubber at Lydbrook on Thursday while Whitecroft will be looking for a promotion party at home to struggling Winchcombe on Saturday.
All the best from us.

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Key moments

10:00
Goal Moses Thompson scores for Whitecroft
60:00
Goal Joel Giddins scores for Whitecroft
85:00
Goal Brad Kear scores for Whitecroft

Highlights

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85:00 Sub On
Ricky Elliott is substituted on for Lydney Town Reserves
85:00 Sub Off
Jordan Voss is substituted off for Lydney Town Reserves
85:00 Goal 3 - 0
Brad Kear scores for Whitecroft
75:00 Sub Off
Liam Fox is substituted off for Lydney Town Reserves
75:00 Sub Off
Liam Fox is substituted off for Lydney Town Reserves
75:00 Sub On
Keelan Hamblett is substituted on for Lydney Town Reserves
62:00 Sub Off
Liam Sheppard is substituted off for Lydney Town Reserves
62:00 Sub On
Dave Jenkins is substituted on for Lydney Town Reserves
60:00 Goal 2 - 0
Joel Giddins scores for Whitecroft
55:00 Yellow Card
Liam Fox is yellow carded for Lydney Town Reserves
End of period 1
30:00 Yellow Card
Liam Sheppard is yellow carded for Lydney Town Reserves
10:00 Goal 1 - 0
Moses Thompson scores for Whitecroft
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Whitecroft
  • Lydney Town Reserves
  • 0
  • Moses Thompson Goal 10:00'
  • Liam Sheppard Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Liam Fox Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Joel Giddins Goal 60:00'
  • Liam Sheppard Sub Off 62:00'
  • Dave Jenkins Sub On 62:00'
  • Liam Fox Sub Off 75:00'
  • Liam Fox Sub Off 75:00'
  • Keelan Hamblett Sub On 75:00'
  • Jordan Voss Sub Off 85:00'
  • Ricky Elliott Sub On 85:00'
  • Brad Kear Goal 85:00'

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Team selection

Jones, Steve Jones, Steve
Price, Arran Price, Arran
Warren, Steve Warren, Steve
English, Jacob English, Jacob
Dawson, Ryan Dawson, Ryan
Voss, Jordan Voss, Jordan
Fox, Liam Fox, Liam
Powell, Charlie Powell, Charlie
Morley-Lyne, Declan Morley-Lyne, Declan
Wines, Sam Wines, Sam
Sheppard, Liam Sheppard, Liam
Whitecroft
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  • 8. Moses Thompson
  • 9. Brad Kear
  • 10. Joel Giddins
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Welland 30 70
2. Upton St Leonards 30 50
3. Whaddon United 30 50
4. Whitecroft 30 50
5. English Bicknor 30 50
6. Woolaston 30 46
7. Lydney Town Reserves 30 46

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