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Match Report  |  Gresley FC vs Heather St John's


Gresley FC  1
Zazi (pen) 58
Heather St John's  1
Doyle 97

Midland Football League Premier Division

The Moat Ground, Church Gresley

Monday, 26th August 2019, 3.00pm


Match Sponsor: The Hawkins Family

Gresley Denied by 97th minute Equaliser

At the start of this game Heather were sitting at the top of the table while Gresley sat one from bottom but the game belied that and provided an entertaining game in sweltering conditions at the Moat Ground.

Gresley are still recovering from the sudden departure of manager Gavin Hurren followed by that of assistant manager Dan Crane and player-coach Daryll Thomas. David McDermott was left to manage the side but was helped by Gary Norton and Todd Foster.

The Moatmen’s steadily improving performances was again witnessed by the Gresley faithful and were as close to getting all three points as they’ve been all season and only denied by an equaliser on 97 minutes.

The first half was a very tight affair with neither side creating any clear-cut chances. Kieron Clarke’s effort was easily dealt with by home keeper Ben Allsop, Fraser Doyle headed wide and Clarke’s second chance curled well past the far post.

Gresley came out of the blocks quickly in the second half and from James Bennett-Tindall’s corner from the left the ball was met by David Leak but his goal bound header was tipped over his bar by Stuart Parsons.

More pressing by the home side resulted in Gresley taking the lead on 58 minutes when McDermott was upended in the area by Brett Lloyd who received the game’s first yellow card. Nehemia Zazi stepped up to take the spot kick and comfortably beat Parsons.

One or two of the Heather followers thought they had equalised on 64 minutes, but Clarke’s shot was into the side netting.

Both sides were defending well making it hard for the front men from either team to have a clear attempt on goal.

With time starting to ebb away tempers were frayed on the visitor’s bench leading to two of the management being sent to the stands for the final few minutes.

Gresley supporters thought surely time was up as the clock ticked into the seventh minute of added on time but no, the referee carried on and a shot through a crowded Gresley area from Doyle wrong footed Allsop and the game was all square.

There could have been a controversial twist in the tail as a minute later Heather was awarded a soft penalty. Clarke took the kick but the excellent Allsop chose the correct way and dived full length to his left to push the ball away for a corner and justice was done.

Seconds later the final whistle was blown and Heather mightily relieved to get a point and Gresley disappointed not to have got all three.

Match Stats
  GFC HSJ
Shots on Target 2 3
Shots off Target 1 4
Corners 3 3
Fouls Conceded 14 10
Yellow Cards 0 1
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 50 50
Streaming Interview
Gresley FC
1 Ben Allsop
2 Ben Healey
3 Joel Howes
4 Albert Lansdowne (c)
5 David Leak
6 Jake McIntosh
7 Joe Haines
8 Jacob Sturgess
9 Nehemia Zazi
10 David McDermott
11 James Bennett-Tindall
Subs
12 Paul Sullivan
for 10 - 84 mins
14 Mark Potts
not used
15 Harry Collins
for 11 - 78 mins
16 Myles Botfield
not used
17 Kyro Sharpe
not used
Heather St John's
1 Stuart Parsons
2 Mark Branch
3 Brett Lloyd
4 Craig Evans (c)
5 Dean Morris
6 Kyle Burke
7 Fraser Doyle
8 Umar Zaman
9 Malachi Farquharson
10 Kieron Clarke
11 Kory Burke
Subs
12 Rioual Koussera-Bakala
not used
14 Warren Brooks
not used
15 Pradeep Bahrey
for 11 - 62 mins
16 Louie O'Connor
for 9 - 90 mins
17 Kyle Clamp
not used
Other Match Info

Referee: Bradley Tonks

Attendance: 206

Star Player

Nehemia Zazi

Chosen by match sponsors Gavin, Jackie and Callum Hawkins