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Tue 21
1st Team
Borrowash Victoria FC
O Papworth (50')
Gedling MW 1-0 Borrowash Victoria

Gedling MW 1-0 Borrowash Victoria

By Tom Surgay
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Papworth's first goal for the club earns Gedling deserved win over Borrowash

Gedling MW ................. 1 (Papworth 50’)
Borrowash Victoria AFC ......0

Gedling Miners Welfare produced a good performance against Borrowash Victoria to record their second home win of the season. Oliver Papworth’s first goal for the club, five minutes into the second half proved the difference as The Miners claimed a 1-0 win on Tuesday night.

Gedling started on the front foot and went close to taking the lead after just four minutes. Greg Tempest struck a free kick from the edge of the area that narrowly flew just over the crossbar.

Four minutes later, Niall Hylton drove towards the penalty area and hit a dangerous looking shot which but for a deflection behind for a corner, may well have caused the opposition ‘keeper some difficulty.

Gedling then came mightily close to taking the lead. A free kick caused mayhem in the Borrowash box which culminated in the ball bouncing up and hitting the bar before flying over for a goal kick.

It took twenty minutes for the visitors to have their first chance of note. A looping header from a free kick in a promising position went narrowly over the bar.

Gedling responded well by creating a fine opportunity of their own. It was Papworth who almost found the breakthrough, shooting from distance and watching the ball fly narrowly over the bar almost skimming it on its way through.

Three minutes later a Paolo Piliero low cross from the left flashed all the way across the face of the goal but agonisingly no one in a Gedling shirt could quite get on the end of it. The ball ended up bobbling harmlessly wide when any sort of connection in the middle would have diverted it into the net.

Just before the half hour mark Papworth thought he had given the hosts the lead only to see his effort ruled out for offside.

Hylton then called the visitors’ ‘keeper into action with a fine strike from the edge of the box following lovely build up play. He was denied only by a great save as the ‘keeper repelled the shot to palm it away.

At the other end, Matthew Simpson had endured a fairly quiet first half in the Gedling goal. However, just before half time he was called into action and produced an excellent save. Will Monteiro broke clear down the left wing and cut the ball back to a team mate in the middle. He produced a first time shot that looked destined for the net but Simpson spread himself well to make a sprawling save with both hands and push the ball away from danger. This proved crucial as it allowed Gedling to go in at half time on level terms.

Five minutes after the restart, Papworth struck the decisive blow, slotting Gedling into the lead with a precise finish. He started the move by flicking a long ball on to Tempest with his head. Tempest found Ruben Wiggins-Thomas on the right hand side of the area who cut it back and Papworth applied the finish.

Gedling pushed hard to put the game beyond the visitors. Ross McCaughey had a couple of good chances in quick succession. The first, saw him turn in the penalty area and curl an effort with his right foot narrowly wide of the target; whilst the second saw him hit a fierce drive from the edge of the box that looked destined for the back of the net had it not been deflected wide by one of the Borrowash defenders.

With twenty minutes remaining, Papworth almost turned provider, laying the ball off to Josh Thornton just inside the box, Thornton hit a shot which flew narrowly over the crossbar.

A couple of minutes later, the visitors’ ‘keeper, Tom Smith, made a great save with his legs to deny Greg Tempest from point blank range.

Borrowash almost punished Gedling’s failure to double their advantage with 15 minutes left. A precise through ball split the home defence and put one of the visitors’ strikers clean through on goal. However, one on one with Simpson, the striker lacked composure and screwed his shot wide of the target.

There were few chances in the closing stages which were fairly scrappy with the exception of Charlie Roberts turning a Thornton free kick narrowly wide.

Ultimately, Gedling had enough to close the game out and earned a deserved three points.

Gedling manager Andy Clerke said: "Three points in the bank, most important thing. Great, another clean sheet, we've looked a lot tighter this last four or five games. They were tough opposition today, we knew that they hadn't had the start they would want but they looked like they had some decent players there and they will pick points up this season and they were always going to grow in confidence the longer it went without getting a goal.

"I'm delighted to see Ollie Papworth get a goal as well which won the game for us tonight. He's done well, he's deserved a goal, he's been good all season, it's been coming and hopefully that sets him alight a little bit."

Oliver Papworth said: "I had about three shots in the first half and I was hoping to put one in the back of the net in the second half so I managed to do it. I turned round and saw Rubes (Wiggins-Thomas) had got on it so I knew I had to run straight into the box to get on the end of it. I've been here two months and done nothing but enjoy it since I've been here; really happy."

Gedling Miners Welfare Man of the Match – Oliver Papworth
Referee – Wayne Mason

Assistant referees – Stephen Sears and Kevin Tietjen

Gedling Miners Welfare – Matthew Simpson, Charlie Roberts, Lloyd Patterson, Ross McCaughey, Daniel Dixon, Josh Thornton, Niall Hylton (Rhys Harbottle 82’), Greg Tempest (Kyme Mason 77’), Ruben Wiggins-Thomas, Oliver Papworth, Paolo Piliero (Nathaniel Appiah 67’)

Unused substitutes- Zibusiso Sibanda, Scott Miles.

Cautions- Josh Thornton 21’, Lloyd Patterson 72’.

Borrowash Victoria AFC- Tom Smith, Callum Clarke, Lewis Partridge, Jamie Turner, Travis Munn, Taylor Smith, Josh Kalema, Harry O’Neill, Will Monteiro, Taylor Gardner, Ben Bailie.

Substitutes- Ben Watkis, Callum Hughes, Tristan Elson.

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Match details

Match date

Tue 21, Sep 2021






Division One

League position

Gedling Miners Welfare FC
Borrowash Victoria FC
Oliver Papworth

Player of the match

Oliver Papworth