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Match Report  |  Gresley FC vs Bedworth United


Gresley FC  1
Melbourne 78
Bedworth United  2
Keen 37, 60

Evo-Stik South

The Moat Ground, Church Gresley

Saturday, 11th November 2017, 3.00pm


Gresley Frustrated Again

Gresley manager Damion Beckford-Qualiey must have driven home after the game trying to count how many black cats he’d driven over on the way to the Moat Ground.

This was another game where is side fully deserved at least a point but they were outdone by an offside goal and one that took the biggest of deflections before falling at the feet of a Bedworth player in space on the edge of the box.

That sort of luck has deserted Gresley at the moment and they are going close to winning games but controversial refereeing decisions are hampering them none more so than today. Fouls going unpunished including a blatant elbow on Matt Melbourne and iffy offside decisions.

Beckford-Quailey included recently signed young striker Quirino Bahati De-Ataide Dias who gave his last club as Watford. Jamie Barrett was back in the heart of defence and before the game collected an award and certificate for the all-time appearance made in a Gresley shirt but Alvin Jarvis was missing recovering from a hamstring injury.

Gresley started the brighter of the two sides on a heavy surface made worse after the couple of hours or so heavy rain during the night.

Diaz powered a shot from the left which keeper Danny Crane managed to parry away but just away from Jon Stevenson on the far post.

On 23 minutes Diaz went close again with two shots the first of which was blocked on the line and his follow up into the side netting.

Bedworth went close but through the efforts of Gresley’s Josh Egginton who in trying to clear the ball pushed it goalwards but keeper Callum Hawkins was alert enough to prevent the goal.

Stevenson tried his hand with a shot from distance which went over the bar but a few minutes later Bedworth took the lead in controversial manner against the run of play.

A wrongly awarded free kick on the left was played into the centre of the ground just outside the area. The ball was then played to Iyseden Christie who was at least 2 yards off side over on the left. He then played the ball into the area for Luke Keen to slot home.

The second half started with a free kick from Luke Rowe being headed wide of the mark but on the hour mark Bedworth doubled their advantage again in a somewhat fortunate manner. Joe Pegg’s cross from the right hit the backside of a Gresley player. The ball looped over to Keen in acres of space and he was able to side foot home at the near post.

Bedworth had a golden chance to add to their tally but a cross from Richard Blythe was hooked over the bar by Khaellen Bailey-Nichols who was only a couple of yards away from an empty goal.

Gresley got back into the game on 78 minutes when Jason Law threaded a ball through to Matt Melbourne who ran forward before putting his shot past Crane.

They could or possibly should have levelled a minute or so later. Reece Morris cut into the area but his looping shot came back off the bar with Crane beaten. Tom Manship was first to the ball but with the goal gaping could only fire over the bar. Manship squandered another good chance by firing Morris’s cross from the right again over the bar.

Stevenson was unlucky to see his well struck shot whistle the wrong side of the post as Gresley kept pressing.

A free kick by Rowe was superbly pushed away from the top corner by Hawkins as it headed into goal. A rare piece of action for the young keeper.

Gresley substitute Keenan King had the last shot of the game which went straight at Crane as the referee Mr Cook blew for time a full two minutes before at least the five he’d indicated earlier.

Match Stats
  GFC BU
Shots on Target 4 3
Shots off Target 6 2
Corners 2 4
Fouls Conceded 11 11
Yellow Cards 1 3
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 60 40
Streaming Interview
Gresley FC
1 Callum Hawkins
2 Matt Roome Yellow Card
3 Louis Danquah
4 Jamie Barrett (c)
5 Josh Egginton
6 Tom Manship
7 Jason Law
8 Reece Morris
9 Matt Melbourne
10 Quirino Bahati De-Ataide Dias
11 Jon Stevenson
Subs
12 Lucas Harrison
for 4 - 89 mins
14 Zacky Hill
not used
15 Keenan King
for 10 - 59 mins
16 Dexter Morris-Clarke
not used
17 Sean Philips
for 3 - 74 mins
Bedworth United
1 Daniel Crane
2 Joe Pegg
3 Luke Rowe Yellow Card
4 Elliott Parrott
5 Mark Albrighton  Yellow Card
6 Ricardo Dudley
7 Iyseden Christie
8 Reece Blackmore
9 Luke Keen
10 Levi Rowley Yellow Card
11 Richard Blythe (c)
Subs
12 Khaellen Bailey-Nicholls
for 7 - 64 mins
13 Adam Harrison
not used
14 Kai Williams
for 9 - 74 mins
15 Janabi Amour
not used
16 Jacob Sturgess
not used
Other Match Info

Referee: Edward Cook (Nottingham)

Attendance: 291

Star Player
Jon Stevenson

Jon Stevenson

A solid game and was unlucky not to get on the score sheet.