South Normanton ….3 (OG 42, Roberts 69, Crosby 84)
Gedling MW………....1 (Stephens 64)
Miners lose to the Shiners…
On a windswept afternoon in Lees Lane Gedling went down to an accomplished South Normanton outfit albeit a close run thing until the final 6 minutes.
Scott Miles in the visiting goal was the busier of the two custodians in the first skirmishes managing to keep out worthwhile efforts from Lee Fell and Tom Lewis. Conditions were playing their part with both sides trying hard to get any passing game going. Joe Hopper went mightily close on 26 when his fine shot was deflected for a corner and, at the other end, Miles and his defence did well to deal with a shot from home skipper Danny Roberts.
The opener came in the 42 minute. Anthony Fay sprinted down the right flank and delivered a wicked low cross into the box. The ball seemed to elude his team mates and cruelly deflected off a Miners defender rushing back and found to back of the net. A one goal deficit was slightly harsh on a Gedling side who had performed adequately.
Manager Simpson was forced to make an early second half change when skipper Anthony Brown had to be replaced through injury. with fellow defender Jake Athorn replacing him in the 50th minute.
The deserved equaliser duly arrived on 64. A Jordan Whitehead free kick just outside the box was only parried by Steve Smith and the ball fell kindly to Joe Hopper whose goal bound shot was again parried by Smith. The ball fell kindly to Dalton Stephens who made no mistake from 4 yards to slot home his fifth of the campaign.
It was no more than they deserved for hanging in to the game which could easily have given up on.
The joy was short-lived as the Shiners regained their lead on 69. Lewis’s corner from the left was not dealt with by Miles and ex-Miner Roberts was on hand to blast the ball high into the net.
Felix Hogg tried his luck from way out with a shot, helped by Storm Desmond, which sailed agonisingly close just wide of Smith’s goal.
The home team had Lee Fell sent off for two yellow card offences in the 74th minute, but their momentum never faltered and the homesters went onto seal the win with a third from Luke Crosby shortly before the end.
The result was slightly flattering for South Normanton and didn’t quite match the effort put in by Gedling, particularly in the second half. Not the worst performance you’ll see all season but lady luck seems to have deserted the Miners just recently.
Gedling’s Man of Match ~
Jordan Whitehead..midfield master class
Att ~ 55
Referee ~ Richard Eley
Assistants ~ David Henfrey and Frank Webster
South Normanton ~ Smith, Bartley (Anderson 27) Holman, Leigh, Betteridge, Roberts (C) Lewis, Johnson, Crosby, Fay (Leighton 76) Fell.
Subs not used ~ Jellyman, Keenan, Kellogg.
Yellow cards ~ Fell (55 foul) Fay (75 foul)
Red card ~ Fell (73 second yellow)