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Gedling Miners Welfare
D Stephens (11')
Full time
Sat 9 Apr 15:00 - East Midlands Counties League - Premier Division Attendance 92

EMCL ~Gedling 1 Radford FC 2


Miners lose out to title contenders

Gedling MW......1 (Stephens 11)
Radford FC…….2 (Hinton 32, King 65)

The table topping Pheasants arrived at Plains Road in buoyant mood determined to push on with their quest to grab the League crown. The Miners, again depleted by absentees and injuries, had other ideas and took the game to their opponents from the first whistle. It was no surprise then, when in the 11th minute, the hosts were ahead. A long ball out of defence by skipper Martin Holt looked to be sailing comfortably into the hands of Callum Dunning in the Radford goal. He somehow mistook the flight of the ball, misjudged the bounce, allowing Dalton Stephens the opportunity to go around the stricken keeper and put the ball into an empty net.
After this setback Radford’s Joe Meakin had a volley that was directed straight at Scott Miles and Phil Hinton came close with a Radford effort on 28 minutes when Joe Hegarty crossed into the area.
Radford began to come into the game more and found a deserved equaliser when Phil Granville crossed for Hinton to tap in from close range in the 32 minute. Just before half time Granville had a shot that rebounded off the crossbar after good work from tricky young winger John King.

From the restart Radford went on the attack and Meakin sent in a pinpoint cross for Granville whose flick-on was turned round the post by Miles. A minute later Meakin saw a shot from outside of the area go a foot over the crossbar.

Gedling MW at home to Radford
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Tired legs were beginning to show in the hosts legs but Rackeem Reid continued to taunt the Pheasant’s defence into some last-ditch defending. Most of Gedling’s attacks stemmed from the tricky winger and, at the other end, Holt and Jordan Whitehead were just about coping with Knight and his team mates backed up by a fine display of goalkeeping by Miles who kept out Radford’s decent goal bound efforts
Radford went ahead on 62 minutes through King. Granville played a delightful ball through the home defence allowing King to run on and round Miles before slotting the ball into an empty net.
King again came close to adding to the score when he twisted and turned in the area before seeing his shot go just wide of the Gedling goal and Radford came close to adding to the score when Meakin had another effort just cleared over the bar from a shot from just outside the area.
Miles heroics were enough to keep the scoreline down as Radford wasted more chance to increase their advantage.
Considering the players unavailable to Gedling, they gave a super account of themselves against a fine footballing side who now have half a hand on the League trophy.

Gedling Man of Match ~
Jordan Whitehead
… abundance of energy
(Closely followed by his keeper Scott Miles)

Att ~ 92
Referee ~ Paul Buck
Assistants ~ Mick Newton and Jack Phillips

Gedling ~ Miles, Ballard, Holt, McArdle, Stephens, K.Mushambi, Williams, Needham, Reid, Whitehead (Bircumshaw 72)
TK Mushambi,
Sub not used ~ Charlie Wood
Yellow cards ~ Williams (69 foul) Bircumshaw (86 foul)

Radford ~ Dunning, Miles, Hopewell, Ramadam. Hore, Meakin, Knight, Hinton, Granville (Russell 63) Hegarty (Hodgson 75), Knight.
Subs not used ~ Zboch, Hough, Reeves.

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Key moments

Goal Dalton Stephens scores for Gedling Miners Welfare

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Gedling MW at home to Radford
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90:00 Player of the Match
Jordan Whitehead is awarded player of the match for Gedling Miners Welfare
72:00 Sub Off
Jordan Whitehead is substituted off for Gedling Miners Welfare
72:00 Sub On
Jamie Bircumshaw is substituted on for Gedling Miners Welfare
69:00 Yellow Card
Niall Williams is yellow carded for Gedling Miners Welfare
End of period 1
11:00 Goal 1 - 0
Dalton Stephens scores for Gedling Miners Welfare
11:00 Assist
Martin Holt makes an assist for Gedling Miners Welfare
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  • Gedling Miners Welfare
  • Radford
  • 0
  • Dalton Stephens Goal 11:00'
  • Martin Holt Assist 11:00'
  • Niall Williams Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Jamie Bircumshaw Sub On 72:00'
  • Jordan Whitehead Sub Off 72:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
12. Stapenhill 36 42
13. Barrow Town 36 40
14. Gedling Miners Welfare 36 35
15. Kimberley Miners Welfare 36 33
16. Holwell Sports 36 31
17. Ellistown & Ibstock United 36 29
18. Arnold Town 36 22

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