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Match Report  |  Heather St John's vs Gresley FC


Heather St John's  2
Farquharson 24  |  Zaman 49
Gresley FC  1
Nelson 65

Midland Football League Premier Division

St John's Park, Heather

Thursday, 26th December 2019, 3.00pm


Ten Men Gresley Lose At Heather

Alfie Burley

Heather St John’s edged a fiery affair, as 10-man Gresley fell to a narrow defeat at St John’s Park.

A superb individual strike from Michael Nelson was not enough as the Moatmen fell to defeat against Heather St John’s on Boxing Day. Strikes from Malachi Farquhasen and Umar Zaman proved to be enough for the home side, their cause strengthened through the late sending off of former-Saint, Jacob Sturgess.

It was an ill-tempered first period at St John’s Park as the affair lived up to its status as a local derby. As both sides settled into the contest, Michael Nelson produced the best opening for either side as his near post effort was parried away by Stuart Parsons.

However, it wasn’t long before the match reached boiling point Keiron Clarke booked for simulation whilst Adam Skeldon saw yellow for kicking the ball away just 14 minutes in.

It was the home side, however, that had the biggest chance of the first half 20 minutes in, the referee adjudging that Jack Walsh had fouled Brett Fellows in the box. Yet, the Moatmen would get away with it, Ben Allsop stretching superbly to deny captain, Dean Morris from the spot.

The joy was short-lived for the away side, as Heather took the lead just moments later. From the resulting corner, Brett Fellows whipped the ball in and Malachi Farquhasen managed to hook an effort into the bottom left hand corner past a stranded Allsop.

Gresley didn’t let the setback down them however, and they continued to fight, Lucas Harrison having a good effort blocked whilst Michael Nelson was inches away from connecting with his head at the back post.

The half ended in an ugly fashion though as Danny Jones was sin-binned for dissent and the managerial dugouts erupted with fury at multiple decisions. Half-time couldn’t come soon enough for either side the game was close to boiling over.

The home side certainly came out quicker in the second half, extending their lead just four minutes into the period. A pinpoint cross from Dean Morris picked out Umar Zaman who flicked his header superbly past Ben Allsop.

Despite Heather’s two goal advantage, the game had been extremely scrappy with very few chances. Fortunately, the away side found a route back in 16 minutes later, Kyle Parchment’s hold up play allowing Michael Nelson to jinx past his markers before nestling the ball into the bottom right corner.

Gresley’s hope that they would find an equaliser, however, was dented in the 76th minute when Jacob Sturgess was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

The Moatmen continued to press for the all-important leveller, but eventually could not clinch it, Heather nearly added to the scoreline though when Keiron Clarke scuffed his shot into the arms of Ben Allsop and a goal was chalked off for offside.

Following the game there were some rather distasteful scenes as both sides became embroiled in an off-the-pitch incident, which highlighted what was a very fiery affair.

Match Stats
  GFC HSJ
Shots on Target 6 6
Shots off Target 2 1
Corners 6 3
Fouls Conceded 17 14
Yellow Cards 5 3
Red Cards 1 0
Possession (%) 58 42
Streaming Interview
Heather St John's
1 Stuart Parsons
2 Dean Morris (c)
3 Brett Lloyd
4 Kyle Burke
5 Sufyan Zia
6 Taylor Byrne
7 Fraiser Doyle
8 Umar Zaman
9 Malachi Farquharson Yellow Card
10 Kieron Clarke Yellow Card
11 Brett Fellows Yellow Card
Subs
12 James Taylor
for 9 - 64 mins
14 Mark Williams
not used
15 Trea Bertie
not used
16 Khalil Harrison
for 11 - 87 mins
17 Kory Burke
not used
Gresley FC
1 Ben Allsop
2 Albert Lansdowne
3 Jack Walsh Yellow Card
4 Joe Haines (c)
5 Jacob Sturgess Yellow Card Yellow Card Red Card
6 Lucas Harrison
7 Adam Skeldon Yellow Card
8 Kyle Batchelor Yellow Card
9 Louis Briscoe
10 Danny Jones
11 Michael Nelson
Subs
12 Kyle Parchment
for 10 - 56 mins
14 McKlane Durdey
not used
15 Jake McIntosh
not used
16 Zachy Hill
for4 - 75 mins
Other Match Info

Referee: Charlie Dickens

Attendance: 161

Star Player

Michael Nelson

Caused the Heather defence problems especially in the second half