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Sat 16
Ellistown & Ibstock United
2
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2
League
1st Team
C Anderson (27' Sent Off), T Law (52' Pen), (90')
EMCL -v- Ellistown and Ibstock Utd (AWAY)

EMCL -v- Ellistown and Ibstock Utd (AWAY)

By IAN WILLIAMS
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Miners gain a tough point on the road....


ELLISTOWN…..........2 (Harris 70,Chitiza 82)
GEDLING MINERS...2 (Tony Law 52 pen, and 90)

Gedling earn a point at the death ...

A truly remarkable and incident packed game of football at Terrace Road saw both sides share 4 goals and a point apiece. I have to say early in this report that the refereeing performance by Mr O’Mahoney was the worst I’ve witnessed in many a long year.

The Miners took the game to their hosts from the off and could have been awarded a penalty early doors when Tony Law was bundled over as he approached goal. At the other end the lively Tendai Chitiza was proving a handful and went close a few times. The first real threat on goal came from the away side. Craig Anderson, on his debut, burst down the right and produced a half chance for Joe Hopper who shot wide. Law then tested the dexterity of home custodian Sam Taylor. His counterpart James Mountain saved well from Josh Wilkins as the game ebbed and flowed.

The major talking point, amongst a sea of others, arrived in the 27th minute. An innocuous tackle in midfield bought a red card for Anderson. Quite what the referee saw wrong in the Miners midfielder’s challenge left both sets of players and spectators alike scratching their heads.

The one man deficiency did not stop Gedling’s attacking instincts and they matched Ellistown in what was becoming an absorbing contest. Ben Harris went close for the home side and Hopper had a fine effort saved by Taylor. Just before the break Chitiza had the ball in the net only to be denied by the assistant’s flag.

Five minutes into the second period and the Miners took a well-deserved lead. A superb through ball from sub George Bradley saw Law breaking into the box and bearing down on goal. Taylor had no option but to bring him down and Law brushed himself down to score from the spot. Could have been a red for the ‘keeper, should definitely been a yellow, but Mr O’Mahoney did neither.

Ellistown pushed on and on in an attempt to reduce the deficit and Mountain needed to be alert to keep out successive free kicks from Harris. A period followed of stops and starts and over fussiness from the officials which broke up the flow of football. Bradley Wells was causing all sorts of problems with his mazy runs only to be crudely tackled every time he got the ball. Still the home side powered forward in search of the leveller, and Brett and Watson were working overtime to keep out the lively home forwards.

The equaliser arrived on 70. After the ball was cleared without any conviction, Harris took his chance with a snap shot from 20 yards which flew home past Mountain for 1-1.

All hell broke loose in the 82nd minute. Egged on by their coaching staff, the Ellistown players refused to shepherd the ball out sportingly so Stanley could receive treatment. Wes Spencer objected and was promptly booked for dissent and, for some strange reason known only to himself, Mr O’Mahoney awarded a free kick just outside the box. When the cross came in Chitiza bundled the ball home for the go-ahead goal.

Gedling were not to be denied and still powered on to get some reward from the game. Home substitute Simon Bradbury was dismissed 3 minutes from time for his second yellow and Taylor found himself booked for blatant time wasting.

Gedling’s reward came in the 4th minute of stoppage time. Bradley again galloped forward and Taylor did well to parry his shot and the livewire Law was on hand to fire home for a share of the points.

It was no more than deserved justice in a game which Gedling did enough to win. I did not witness a bad tackle in the game contested between two fine sets of players who conducted themselves admirably. That’s more than could be said about the home bench who certainly need to brush up on some basic manners and sportsmanship. Kicking the ball out so an opponent can receive treatment is accepted now in senior football. Why not at this level ??

Quite how and why the Referee decided to dish out 8 yellow and 2 red cards was certainly beyond the watching onlookers. The only chat post-match seemed to be his performance rather than the game itself.

The curse of the eagle eyed Assessor ? Who knows

Gedling Man of Match ~
LUKE STANLEY
covered every blade of grass as he drove his team forward.

Referee ~ Mr O’Mahoney
Attendance ~ 50

Ellistown ~ Taylor, Ward (Bradbury 58) Wileman (Robinson 58) Powell, Timms, Rudkin, Harris, Chitiza, Powell, Wilkins (Joynson 58).
Subs not used ~ Lea, Benson.
Red card ~ Bradbury (87 two yellows)
Yellow cards ~ Ward (36 foul) Bradbury (65 foul)Taylor (89 dissent)

Gedling MW ~ Mountain, Ballard (Bradley 45) Brett, Watson (C) Spencer Stanley, Anderson, Wells, Joe Hopper (Jack Hopper 84) Tony Law, Holden (Goff 67)
Subs not used ~ Allen, Simpson.
Red card ~ Anderson (27 foul)
Yellow cards ~ Holden (62 dissent) Joe Hopper (70 foul) Mountain (82 dissent) Spencer (82 dissent)

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Match details

Match date

Sat 16, Nov 2013

Kickoff

15:00

Attendance

50

Competition

Premier Division
Luke Stanley

Player of the match

Luke Stanley