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Match Report  |  Gresley FC vs Racing Club Warwick


Gresley FC  1
Durdey 20
Racing Club Warwick  1
Seabourne 61

Midland Football League Premier Division

The Moat Ground, Church Gresley

Saturday, 11th January 2020, 3.00pm


Match Sponsor: Robin Hood Metals

Gresley Grind Out A Point

Alfie Burley

Despite taking the lead, Gresley had to settle for a point as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Racing Club Warwick at the Moat Ground.

McLane Durdey’s first goal of the season had given the home side the lead in the first half, but a second-half header from Nick Seabourne salvaged a point for Warwick to frustrate the hosts.

The Moatmen started the game very brightly forcing the away side back and they had a chance early on through Michael Nelson. The tricky forward managed to wriggle away from his marker on the left before cutting the ball back to Louis Briscoe who fired wide.

Gresley’s good start, however, would not go unrewarded when just nine minutes later the home side took the lead. Louis Briscoe was at the heart of it as the striker worked room for himself on the edge before forcing James Wardle into a diving stop. Yet, the ball fell straight to the feet of McLane Durdey who made no mistake with the finish, sliding the ball in for his first of the season.

Despite a confident opening from Gresley, Warwick did pose a threat on the counter-attack with the physical presence of Nick Seabourne causing the home side a number of problems. In fact, it was nearly their undoing as the physical midfielder rose highest to nod down to Tom Smith who could only volley straight into the arms of Amrik Virdee.

With the Racers starting to develop a foothold in the game, Gresley pushed hard for a second to give themselves some breathing room, and they nearly found it in the 34th minute when another long range strike from Louis Briscoe was deflected just wide of goal.

With conditions not helping either side, the fixture was a very scrappy one, and this was especially true in the second period as neither side could find a clear path to goal.

It was the visitors who started the better however with Gresley sluggish out of the gates. The hosts had a warning when Ty Knight had a shot deflected wide, but the pressure Warwick were applying eventually told.

A good run down the left flank from Muziwandile Nduna was matched by a superb cross to the back post. Awaiting the delivery was the physical force of Nick Seabourne, who punished the home side by heading into the net from close range.

With the tie now level, both sides pushed desperately forward to find a winner, and with conditions difficult, neither could fashion out a good enough opportunity.

Gresley however, looked the more likely as they nearly hit the front again when Louis Briscoe fed Michael Nelson through only for ‘keeper, James Wardle, to produce a superb fingertip save to tip his shot narrowly over the bar.

After providing for his fellow attacker, Briscoe decided to have a go himself eight minutes from time. After cutting in from the right hand side the tireless forward fired towards the far corner but was denied the winning goal by the outstretched boot of Wardle.

In the end, however, neither side could snatch victory and both had to settle for a point and despite the result stretching Gresley’s winless run to four, the Moatmen did have their chances, but a lack of clinical edge was ultimately the difference between three points and just one.

Match Stats
  GFC RCW
Shots on Target 4 3
Shots off Target 5 2
Corners 4 2
Fouls Conceded 11 14
Yellow Cards 3 1
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 52 48
Streaming Interview
Gresley FC
1 Amrik Virdee
2 McKlane Durdey Yellow Card
3 Jack Walsh
4 Albert Lansdowne
5 Exodus Geohaghon Yellow Card
6 Jake McIntosh
7 Joe Haines (c)
8 Lucas Harrison Yellow Card
9 Louis Briscoe
10 Kyle Parchment
11 Michael Nelson
Subs
12 Jacob Sturgess
for 10 - 66 mins
14 Connor Ward
not used
15 Zachy Hill
not used
16 Reece Beacon
not used
17 Danny Jones
not used
Racing Club Warwick
1 James Wardle
2 Martin Hutchcox
3 Danny Fraser
4 Luke Edwards
5 Scott Turner (c)
6 Adam Miles
7 Ty Knight
8 Tom Smith
9 Daniel Dubidat Yellow Card
10 Nick Seabourne
11 Muziwendile Nduna
Subs
12 Tory Herbert
for 9 - 73 mins
14 Elikem Amenku
not used
15 Dale Wigmore
not used
16 Neil Stacey
not used
Other Match Info

Referee: Kurt Bartlett

Attendance: 203

Star Player
Lucas Harrison

Lucas Harrison

Chosen by match sponsors Robin Hoods Metals