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L Corrigan (95'), R Wiggins-Thomas (82'), P Piliero (61')
St Andrews 2-2 Gedling MW

St Andrews 2-2 Gedling MW

By Tom Surgay
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Gedling launch stunning late comeback to grab creditable draw.


St Andrews.............2 (Law 35’ (p), Boddy 64’)
Gedling MW ...........2 (Wiggins-Thomas 85’, Corrigan 90+5’)

Liam Corrigan’s stoppage time header rescued a point for Gedling Miners Welfare in their league match away at St Andrews last Saturday.

Having trailed 2-0 until the 85th minute, it took a late show of character and determination from the Miners to pull off a stunning late comeback to earn a point, with Ruben Wiggins-Thomas netting before Corrigan’s heroics.

In truth Gedling had much of the play and should arguably have been out of site in the first half if they had produced more clinical finishing. However, their failure to do so was capitalised on by the hosts who amassed a two goal cushion and looked on course for all three points until the late drama unfolded in a very watchable game.

In a cagey opening it was Gedling who came the closest to breaking the deadlock early on. Lloyd Patterson’s looping cross in the fourth minute, seemed harmless enough but somehow deceived the goalkeeper and hit the top of the bar before bouncing away.

Then came one of the most contentious moments of the half. Josh Thornton’s free kick from the left wing bypassed the players queuing in the middle for it and flew all the way into the net. However, the assistant spotted an infringement and raised his flag. It seemed harsh to deem that any of the Gedling attackers were interfering with play as none of them were anywhere near getting on the end of the delivery but the referee backed his assistant and waved away the visitors’ protestations.

Gedling were undeterred and kept pressing. Five minutes later, Greg Tempest’s corner caused the ‘keeper some issues and the ball fell to Wiggins-Thomas with the goal seemingly at his mercy. Uncharacteristically, he didn’t get the finish right and hooked the ball over the crossbar.

Niall Hylton was the next Gedling attacker to go close. A mistake at the back from the hosts presented him with the ball and he burst into the box. His shot was well saved by the ‘keeper but there were loud appeals for a penalty as it looked like Hylton had been clipped as he was in the process of taking his shot. The referee was unmoved and play continued.

With ten minutes of the half remaining, St Andrews were awarded a penalty. A shot was fired in and smashed the arm of Paolo Piliero from almost point blank range. The referee had no hesitation in giving the penalty for handball but it looked an incredibly harsh decision.

Ben Law dispatched the penalty with extreme calmness to give the hosts the lead against the run of play.

Gedling almost produced an instant response as Piliero crossed the ball in from the left wing and found Patterson, however the defender couldn’t keep his shot down and the chance went begging.

This meant St Andrews left the field at half time, a goal to the good.

At the start of the second half it was one way traffic as Gedling bossed possession but couldn’t quite find the final pass to unlock the hosts’ stubborn defence.

On the hour mark, a piercing pass from Ross McCaughey played Greg Tempest through on goal. He tried to lob the goalkeeper but the ball drifted wide of the target.

Just a few minutes later, the hosts made Gedling pay for not being able to draw level by doubling their advantage. Curtis Boddy was unmarked at a corner and took full advantage to nod the ball home.

Gedling ‘keeper Matthew Simpson then produced a smart stop to save a shot from distance and keep Gedling in the match.

To their credit Gedling kept going forward. Tempest again made a good run and was played in on goal by Corrigan. However, the ‘keeper was quickly off his line to meet him and blocked the shot.

With time ebbing away, Gedling got the goal that their hard work, craft and resilience warranted. Corrigan drove forward out of defence and clipped a dangerous looking ball into the box. Wiggins-Thomas headed it on and chased after it, capitalising on the keeper’s hesitance, he deftly slipped the ball past him as he tried to narrow the angle. As the ball nestled into the net it was clear that there would be a grandstand finish.

With virtually the last kick of the game, Tempest swung in a delightful corner and Corrigan rose highest to meet it with a thundering header which flew into the back of the net and ensured the teams would share the spoils.

Manager Andy Clerke said: “I thought we were the better side all the way through, and I said at half time, there’s certain moments in a season where it can turn and give you that extra little bit of momentum. We feel a bit like we’ve dropped two points but we have gained one, we were two nil down with five minutes to go, we’ve shown great character there and we’re pleased to pick up a point away from home. We haven’t been beaten today, we’ve salvaged a point out of nothing with five minutes to go and that will keep the smiles on our faces on the way back to Nottingham.”
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Gedling Miners Welfare Man of the Match – Ross McCaughey
Referee – Dan England

Assistant referees – Yaasir Pasta and Callum Lockley

Gedling Miners Welfare – Matthew Simpson, Lloyd Patterson, Liam Corrigan, Ross McCaughey, Daniel Dixon, Josh Thornton, Paolo Piliero (Nathaniel Appiah 58’), Greg Tempest, Niall Hylton, Ruben Wiggins-Thomas, Kyme Mason (Zee Sibanda 80’).

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Match details

Match date

Sat 09, Oct 2021

Kickoff

15:00

Competition

Division One

League position

7
St Andrews FC
10
Gedling Miners Welfare FC
Ross McCaughey

Player of the match

Ross McCaughey