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Match Report  |  Boldmere St Michaels vs Gresley FC


Boldmere St Michaels  1
Palmer 70
Gresley FC  1
Lansdowne 19

Midland Football League Premier Division

Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, Church Road, Boldmere.

Saturday, 4th January 2020, 3.00pm


Gresley Make A Point

By Alfie Burley

Gresley could not hold onto their first-half lead, eventually sealing a gutsy 1-1 draw with Boldmere St Michaels at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground.

The Moatmen looked like they were going to seal their first victory in three games when Albert Lansdowne opened the scoring via a header at the back post, however a second half strike from Stephen Palmer eventually sealed a point for the home side.

Gresley could have easily been behind in the opening minute however, a missed clearance from Lansdowne allowed Kyle Batchelor free range at the Moatmen’s goal, but the former Gresley midfielder could only strike the post. Boldmere would not have many other chances to get past what was a solid back three.

Despite the early scare, it would be the away side who found the back of the net first. After just 19 minutes a pinpoint delivery from the corner kick by Joe Haines found a rising Albert Lansdowne who, with help from the post, guided his header past Matthew Coton.

The goal invigorated Gresley, and the belief told as they nearly doubled their lead when Jack Walsh’s half volley flew inches over the bar from outside the box. Yet, they were presented with an even bigger chance minutes later. Louie Briscoe hooked a clearance over Boldmere’s backline to find Michael Nelson who, after leaving the defenders for dead, just couldn’t squeeze his effort past Coton, who saved well.

As the half drew to a close, Gresley didn’t rest in their search for a second goal. The hard-working Kyle Parchment cheekily attempted to catch out Coton at his near post twice, but Boldmere’s ‘keeper was up to the test, denying the frontman both times.

In the second half, the Moatmen picked up where they left off, Parchment once again caused problems for the home side’s defence. A big clearance found the striker however, after turning his man, he could only fire wide.

The away side’s best chance to stretch their advantage came in the 58th minute. Fantastic work from Louis Briscoe saw the forward snatch possession away from Boldmere high up the pitch before dancing through their defence. With the ball in his possession on the byline, Briscoe squared it across goal to the awaiting Michael Nelson, however, the winger side footed agonisingly wide letting Boldmere off the hook for some hesitant defending.

It would prove that Gresley would rue this chance, Boldmere punishing them ruthlessly. Just 11 minutes later a wide free kick was floated into the box, and after multiple deflections and blocks the ball fell to Stephen Palmer at the back post who calmly slotted past Ben Gough at his near post.

With the away side now level and Gresley tiring, Boldmere started to take control of the match. In the 73rd minute another free kick nearly gave them the lead, striking the bar with a superb effort.

Despite a dominant hour from the away side, they now found themselves holding on for a point as Boldmere piled forward in search of, what would’ve been, a flattering winner. Disaster nearly struck for Gresley in injury time as Ben Gough was caught off his line, however Joshua Cooke’s effort from the edge dribbled just inches wide.

Match Stats
  GFC BSM
Shots on Target 7 2
Shots off Target 5 5
Corners 4 5
Fouls Conceded 12 14
Yellow Cards 1 2
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 65 35
Streaming Interview
Boldmere St Michaels
1 Matt Cotton
2 Kyle Byrne
3 Harry Sweeney
4 Jermaine Johnson Yellow Card
5 Harry Craven Yellow Card
6 Joe Lyng (c)
7 Nathan Binner
8 Stephen Palmer
9 Joshua Cooke
10 Daniel O'Sullivan
11 Kyle Batchelor
Subs
12 Tom Massey
not used
13 Lewis Fenney
not used
14 Brad Lindsey
for 7 - 77 mins
15 Brandon Williams
for 4 - 79 mins
16 Jamell Hylton
for 11 - 58 mins
Gresley FC
1 Ben Gough
2 McKlane Durdey
3 Jack Walsh
4 Albert Lansdowne
5 Exodus Geohaghon
6 Jake McIntosh
7 Joe Haines (c) Yellow Card
8 Lucas Harrison
9 Louis Briscoe
10 Kyle Parchment
11 Michael Nelson
Subs
12 Connor Ward
for 10 - 84 mins
14 Zachy Hill
not used
15 Harry Collins
not used
16 Jordan Fitzpatrick
not used
17 Reece Beacon
not used
Other Match Info

Referee: Jack Ridge

Star Player

Exodus Geohaghon

His return bolstered up the defence. Didn't miss a header all game.