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1st Team - Match centre

Blaby & Whetstone Athletic
Gedling Miners Welfare
Full time
A Daniels (14' Sent Off)
Sat 2 Jan 15:00 - East Midlands Counties League - Premier Division Attendance 42

EMCL ~ Blaby and Whetstone 4 Gedling MW 0


A fruitless trip to Leicestershire

Blaby/Whetstone AFC…4 (Hill 49 and 58 Warner 68 Prescott 74)
Gedling MW..................0

Gedling lose out in Leicestershire

Gedling welcomed back Tom Watson after injury and introduced debutant Anton Daniels in the ‘number 10' role

It was always going to be an interesting afternoon according to the stats. The home team went into the match on a 6 game unbeaten run whilst the Miners hadn’t won for six. These numbers seemed to count for nothing in the opening exchanges as the visitors took the game to their hosts with some fine football and counter attacking.

Watson went close and Liam Moran fired just wide after a Mark Ballard free kick. At the other end Scott Miles easily held onto a couple of decent efforts from Blues top scorer Aaron Preston.

Disaster in the 14th minute as Daniels was dismissed for an off the ball incident with home centre back Matt Howarth. The near side assistant seemed to see what happened rather than the players and crowd who had followed the ball upfield. Rather than let this mishap affect their play, the Miners still looked the better team and should have gone ahead in the 27th minute as a bullet header from Moran was tipped over by home custodian Tom Holyoake.

A better chance came 10 minutes later. Following a right wing corner Dalton Stephens had a super header parried by Holyoake and his follow up shot rebounded back into play from the foot of a post.

It was all Gedling now and one could have been mistaken in thinking which team was which. Miles and the back four had to be alert to keep the League’s leading scorer Preston at bay but 0-0 at the break seemed fair on the balance of play

Two half time home substitutions seemed to spark life into the home team and one of them, local favourite, Tom Hill began to pull the strings in midfield for his team.

He scored the opener four minutes in and then doubled his tally before setting up Mitch Warner for number 3 half way through the half.

It was all Blaby now and Gedling were a shadow of themselves chasing lost causes and proving no threat to Holyoak and his defence. Hill was orchestrating everything good about the home teams attacking display and they run out 4 goals to the good with strikes from

On another day Gedling could have salvaged something from the game. Their first half display, coupled with a return from injuries, may well see better times ahead for the rest of the campaign.

Gedling's Man of Match~
Steven Brett ~ played solidly all afternoon

Att ~ 42
Referee ~ Craig Langton
Assistants ~ Nigel Marriot and Liam Mayes

Blaby ~ Holyoake, Towers, Hawker, Lavin, Howarth, Warner, Barrett (Anthony Marriott 45) Prescott (Beardmore 74) Warner, Preston, Ross(Hill 45)
Subs not used ~ Wilson and Dan Marriott.
Yellow cards ~ Howarth (30 foul) Barrett (33 foul) Preston (59 foul)

Steven Brett

Player of the Match

Steven Brett

Key moments

Red Card Anton Daniels is sent off for Gedling Miners Welfare
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As it happened

  • Blaby & Whetstone Athletic
  • Gedling Miners Welfare
  • 0
  • Anton Daniels Red Card 14:00'
  • Jack Hopper Sub On 65:00'
  • Mark Ballard Sub Off 65:00'
  • Jake Athorn Sub On 77:00'
  • Oliver Willetts Sub Off 77:00'
  • TK Mushambi Sub On 81:00'
  • Tom Watson Sub Off 81:00'

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Team selection

Miles, Scott Miles, Scott
Ballard, Mark Ballard, Mark
Simpson, Harry Simpson, Harry
Watson, Tom Watson, Tom
Brett, Steven Brett, Steven
Willetts, Oliver Willetts, Oliver
Reid, Rackeem Reid, Rackeem
Brown, Anthony Brown, Anthony
Daniels, Anton Daniels, Anton
Stephens, Dalton Stephens, Dalton
Moran, Liam Moran, Liam
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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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