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Match Report  |  Gresley FC vs Alvechurch

Gresley FC  1
Melbourne 4
Alvechurch  1
Bellis 19

Evo-Stik NPL League Division One South

The Moat Ground, Church Gresley

Tuesday, 15th August 2017, 7.45pm

Match Sponsor: Pat Murray

Honours Even At The Moat

This was an improved performance compare to Saturday's dismal trip to Cleethorpes and it earned the Moatmen their first point of the new season.

Manager Damion Beckford- Quailey returned after missing the Cleethorpes game due to a family wedding and he made just one change to the starting eleven to the one who were on the wrong end of a beating giving goalkeeper Brendan Bunn his debut with Rob Peet given a place on the bench.

Gresley got off to good start taking the lead after just 4 minutes through Matt Melbourne. Another debutant Louis Danquah put Melbourne through and he finished superbly giving visiting keeper Jasmin Keranovic no chance.

Church had their first chance of night but it was squandered as Daniel Dubidat fired high over the bar when well placed.

The visitors were building up a head of steam and were pressing and that pressure paid off on 19 minutes when a good run down the left was finished off with a cross which was headed home from close in by David Bellis.

Gresley had a good shout for a penalty when the keeper got a handful of a home shirt but it was missed by the referee who then bizarrely gave a free kick to the visitors. Unfortunately, the official missed another chance for Gresley when Keranovic picked up what appeared to be a back pass with the referee declaring it was from a tackle!

Danquah had a shot well saved by Keranovic but minutes later Melbourne, who had been causing problems for the visitors, limped off with a suspected hamstring problem being replaced by Courtney Meade.

Church continued to press but were profligate with their chances with Joshua March first firing well over the bar and following it up with a shot from distance straight at Bunn. Another chance was squandered when Dubidat met a cross from the left but fired well over the bar from a very good position.

Gresley could have regained the lead just before the break. A ball over the top caused the Church back line to stop expecting an offside decision but Jon Stevenson, who had also stopped and looking a yard offside, continued and lobbed the ball over the tall Keranovic and was unlucky to see his effort come back off the bar.

Within a minute of the second half starting the visitors themselves were denied by the woodwork. A Thomas Turton corner from the right was met by Luke Yates but his powerful header hit the bar. They went close again minutes later when Yates was sent through in on goal but a good block from Bunn kept the scores level.

More pressure from the visitors looked as if a goal was coming but a free header by Yates was collected easily by Bunn.

Gresley were soaking up some pressure at the back with the pressure helped by some harshly awarded free kicks from the referee but still Church were wasting chances with the houses behind the top goal more in danger than Gresley's goal.

Arguably the save of the game came from Keranovic. A cross from the right found Meade in the area and he volleyed a powerful strike which the keeper did extremely well to push away with a reaction save.

Church could be a little disappointed not to be travelling home without all three points but from Gresley's point of view a point is something to build on as they take a break from League action to play Brocton in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Match Stats
Shots on Target 3 3
Shots off Target 2 10
Corners 1 4
Fouls Conceded 12 8
Yellow Cards 3 2
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 47 53
Streaming Interview
Gresley FC
1 Brendan Bunn
2 Matt Roome
3 Josh Egginton
4 Jamie Barrett (c) Yellow Card
5 Lucas Harrison
6 Tom Manship
7 Ash Day
8 Sean Philips
9 Jon Stevenson
10 Matt Melbourne
11 Louis Danquah Yellow Card
12 Daniel Campbell
for 9 - 60 mins
14 Alvin Jarvis
not used
15 Courtney Meade
for 10 - 27 mins
16 Dexter Morris-Clarke Yellow Card
for 8 - 69 mins
17 Rob Peet (gk)
not used
1 Jasmin Keranovic
2 Jamie Ashmore
3 Babucar Sauane
4 Thomas Turton
5 Andrew Parsons
6 Ashley Carter
7 David Bellis (c) Yellow Card
8 Jack Cresswell
9 Daniel Dubidat
10 Luke Yates
11 Joshua March Yellow Card
12 Mitch Botfield
for 8 - 62 mins
14 Yusifu Ceesay
for 10 - 85 mins
15 Javia Roberts
for 9 - 62 mins
16 Jamie Willetts
not used
17 Luke Keen
not used
Other Match Info

Referee: Steve Durnall (West Bromwich)

Attendance: 202

Star Player

Louis Danquah

Youngster provided some good balls into the area, provided the pass for the goal and worked hard in defence when asked to.