MATCH REPORT | Newark Flowserve 3 -v- 1 Gedling Miners Welfare
By Tony Hay
The Highwaymen rob Miners to maintain pressure at the top
Newark Flowserve –v– Gedling Miners Welfare
East Midlands Counties League
Saturday 30th March
Hawton Lane | 15.00 kick off
Newark Flowserve ………………………… 3 (Woolley 58’, Lloyd 66’, Shannon-Lewis pen, 90’)
Gedling Miners Welfare ………………… 1 (Jepson pen, 41’)
Newark Flowserve kept the pressure on Selston at the top of the East Midlands Counties League with a come-from-behind win against Gedling Miners Welfare at Hawton Lane on Saturday afternoon.
Looking to avoid a repeat of the 7-1 defeat in the reverse fixture at Plains Road, Gedling travelled to Newark in decent form - notably against those at the higher end of the table – and looked for a huge upset against the title favourites.
They made a promising start in front of a bumper crowd at Hawton Lane and went close to opening the scoring with 11 minutes played but Jimmy Spiers could only skew his volley wide following a cushioned lay-off by Jurgen Charlesworth.
In turn, the home side were sloppy and were culpable of rushing their approach and their reluctance to cross from wide areas toward the towering figure of striker Elliott King created frustration amongst the home faithful.
Their best chance came on 18 minutes but Blair Anderson, formerly of Crawley Town in League 2, could only hook over a dangerous Jahred Russell cross from the right.
6 minutes later and after finding himself between Felix Hogg and Liam Corrigan, Tyrell Shannon-Lewis, who can boast Gedling as one of his former clubs, headed just over and Flowserve looked to settle following a cagey start.
The visitors were more than holding their own against a side seeking their second successful promotion and were defensively sound as they restricted their hosts to only half chances from range.
Looking to reward his colleagues at the back for their efforts, Spiers, characteristically contesting every loose ball, did well to dispossess Rhys Lewis shortly after the half hour but his left-footed effort was dragged wide of Nathan Burrows’ post.
The Highwaymen struggled to grow into the game following Gedling’s resilient approach and often found it difficult to break down the well-organised visitors.
10 minutes before the break and Jamie Lloyd really should have put second-placed Flowserve a goal up. However, following a scrappy melee in the penalty area, the captain could only hoist his effort over the crossbar from 6 yards out.
The chance came and went for Newark who rarely threatened thereafter and they were made to rue their missed opportunities when four
minutes from the interval, Gedling were given the chance to take the lead.
Following some encouraging build up play down the right between Charlie Roberts and Spiers, the ball fell to Jack Jepson who turned Lewis inside out and the defender could only haul the striker down and referee Kevin Guise, with little hesitation, pointed to the spot.
Jepson dusted himself down and fired past Burrows to give his side the go-ahead goal.
Unusually quiet, Jepson, buoyed by his 26th goal in all competitions this season, should have sent the away contingent into raptures with the last action of the first half. However, the talisman couldn’t quite lift the ball over the onrushing Burrows who berated his unobservant teammates following Ross McCaughey’s quickly taken free kick deep into stoppage time.
As expected, Flowserve came out in the second period the better side knowing they could not afford a slip up in the quest for the East Midlands Counties League title.
12 minutes after the restart and King’s improvised header from Russell’s high, looping cross flicked off the outside of the post and away to safety.
However, they did not have to wait too long to get back into the tie when only a minute later they eventually found the all-important leveller.
After Shannon-Lewis had ridden Hogg’s challenge down the right, the striker found time and space in behind and his excellent cross, just out of Danny Brown’s reach, was thumped home on the volley by Sean Woolley - continuing his exploits against Miners following his consolation for former club Ingles at Plains Road back in August.
Now in the ascendancy, the equaliser sparked the home side in going for the jugular just after the hour.
Finding success down their right, this time former Luton Town graduate Sol Miller linked up well with Russell and his cross was flicked goalwards by King who, in a carbon copy to his earlier chance, was denied again by the outside of the post before the ball was hacked clear.
However, only four minutes later and Miners’ stubborn rearguard was broken once again in controversial circumstances as Flowserve completed the turnaround.
Woolley’s driven free kick to the back post was pinpoint and Lloyd, appearing lead with an arm into the back of Corrigan, rose highest to power his header across Brown to put his side in front.
Referee Guise was unmoved and waved away the adamant protests of Gedling who were convinced Lloyd had evidently fouled as the free kick was delivered.
Hoping to preserve a scoreline that would keep the gap between themselves and Selston at the top to 4 points, The Highwayman failed to test Brown in the latter stages of the game and were content to let their defensive ranks see the game out.
They came under threat with 12 minutes to play when Jepson and Charlesworth combined but the latter failed to trouble Burrows in the home goal as the effort was sliced wide.
Despite playing their part in a topsy-turvy affair, the visitors couldn’t find a way to penetrate a now more competent Newark defence and were helped in no way by the officiating on the day.
With 4 minutes of the game remaining, substitute Jack Millward stung the hands of Burrows from distance with a well-executed half volley but the ‘keeper did well to parry to safety and around for a corner – a decision missed by Guise and his assistant Peter Craggs which summed up their afternoon.
As the game entered the final few seconds, things did not get any easier for the officials as they played their part in Newark’s third of the afternoon.
Despite being fouled well outside of the area by Roberts, Shannon-Lewis eventually went to ground inside the box and Guise awarded a penalty that gave the home side a chance to seal Gedling’s fate.
Like Jepson earlier in the game, Shannon-Lewis brushed off the tackle and slammed the spot kick into the top corner with the last kick of the game before the referee drew a close to proceedings and give Newark a vital 3 points as the season enters its business end.
A stubborn performance from Gedling who arguably deserved more from the game and, on another day, they would have taken all 3 points. With no game next Saturday, they travel to Ingles the following week (13th April) looking to put this one behind them, kick off 3pm.
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"Really frustrating result today. Out of respect to a very good Newark side, we had a game plan which nearly came through for us. The shape was good, compact and the lads certainly completed all over the pitch." manager Andy Clerke said after the game.
"On another day, you get the rub of the green with a few key and controversial decisions going your way and the result finishes very differently. The squad is as strong and tight as it's been all season. We're not in a habit of feeling sorry for ourselves so we'll dust ourselves down, take the positives from the performance and look to build on that going into the final run in." he added.
Gedling Miners Welfare Man of the Match – Liam Corrigan
Match Attendance – 234
Referee – Kevin Guise
Assistant Referees – Peter Craggs & Jevon Swinscoe
Newark Flowserve – Nathan Burrows, Jahred Russell, Will Rawdon, Sol Miller, Rhys Lewis, Jamie Lloyd (c) (Ryley Thompson 82’), Sean Woolley, Jack Beckett, Elliott King, Tyrell Shannon-Lewis, Blair Anderson (Nathan Kelly 69’)
Unused Substitutes – Ryan Broxholme, Curtis Price, Joe Searson (gk)
Cautions – Beckett (foul 53’), Shannon-Lewis (dissent 56’)
Gedling Miners Welfare – Danny Brown, Charlie Roberts, Ross McCaughey (c) (Jack Millward 83’), Luke Smith, Liam Corrigan, Felix Hogg, Jurgen Charlesworth, Jimmy Spiers, Jack Jepson, Joe Meakin (Daniel Elliott 69’), Dwayne Brown (Courtney Hastings 79’)
Unused Substitutes – Matt Fowler
Cautions – McCaughey (foul 54’), Spiers (foul 66’)
Match report compiled and edited by Marc Williams