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Gresley FC  1
Briscoe (pen) 86
Selston  1
Moore(pen) 28

Midland Football League Premier Division

The Moat Ground, Church Gresley

Saturday, 7th March 2020, 3.00pm


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Gresley Salvage A Late Point

By Alfie Burley
In a game of three penalties, Louie Briscoe's late conversion salvaged a fortunate point for Gresley after being second-best against bottom of the league, Selston.

In Gary Norton's first game in charge, the Moatmen would end up indebted to goalkeeper, Ewan Mountjoy, who made numerous saves to keep his side in the contest.

Carl Moore's penalty kick had given the visitors the lead in the first half after team-mate, Oliver Roome had missed from the spot earlier in the game. In the end, however, Gresley would salvage a point when Briscoe lifted himself up after being felled in the box to equalise for the home side.

It was an extremely nervous start from Gresley, and Nottinghamshire-based, Selston, took full advantage. Despite dominating the first few exchanges with neat possession, the away side's first venture forward caught the home defence out.

The influential Carl Moore did well to receive the ball and flick it into the path of Oliver Roome. The striker broke through the middle and left Tyreece Robinson in his wake, before his run was halted by Mountjoy. The referee had no hesitation, confidently pointing to the spot and booking the on-loan ‘keeper.

The away side, however, wouldn't take advantage as Roome could only watch as his effort sailed wide of the left-hand post.

This didn't deter the forward from running in behind, and there was a point of controversy just a couple of minutes later when he was again brought down by Mountjoy but this time the referee whistled for a foul the other way.

Despite failing at the first attempt, Selston would have another opportunity from the penalty spot in the 27th minute. It was a bizarre penalty to concede, as Jake McIntosh inexplicably threw his arm in the way of an in-swinging corner. This time, the away side ruthlessly punished the defender's mistake as Carl Moore thumped the ball down the middle of the net.

The goal did seem to kick Gresley into some sort of attacking impetus as Joe Haines had a powerful effort saved at the near post. Then just a minute later Tyreece Robinson had his header cleared off the line.

Yet if it weren't for Ewan Mountjoy, the Moatmen could've been facing a larger deficit at half-time. The Kidderminster loanee did well to hold onto Sean Gregory's close-range volley, before he then denied Gregory again with an even better save, rushing out to snuff out the chance after the winger had stolen possession from Benn Minshull.

After the half time break, more of the same followed with Selston very much on the front foot. They could've doubled their lead when Lucas Brough found himself free at the back post, but Mountjoy was once again equal to the effort.

Then in the 55th minute, the impressive goalkeeper did extremely well to hold onto Jamie Redshaw’s goal bound header following a corner kick.

Gradually, Gresley started to regain a foothold in the game, with McIntosh heading wide before Lucas Harrison’s swerving drive from the edge of the box whistled over the crossbar.

In the 84th minute, the referee would award the lifeline that the Moatmen so desperately needed when Louis Briscoe was felled in the box. The man in the middle pointed to the spot much to the relief of everyone around the ground.

Briscoe picked himself up from the floor before sending Meehan the wrong way to level proceedings. It was a decision that the Selston players took major issue with, resulting in two players being sin binned by the referee.

When play resumed Gresley looked to force home their man advantage to claim what would be a scarcely deserved winner. However, the Moatmen couldn’t muster any chances, and it was nine-man Selston who had the best chance to nab the three points when Carl Moore blazed over from the edge.

Ultimately, Norton's side settled for a fortunate point, owing a lot to their loanee goalkeeper, Mountjoy otherwise it could've been a much more harrowing afternoon for the home side.

Match Stats
  GFC S
Shots on Target 4 5
Shots off Target 6 5
Corners 8 5
Fouls Conceded 17 10
Yellow Cards 3 1
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 48 52
Streaming Interview
Gresley FC
1 Ewan Mountjoy Yellow Card
2 Cameron Steele
3 Lucas Harrison
4 Tyreece Robinson Yellow Card
5 Jake McIntosh Yellow Card
6 Ben Minshull
7 Kyle Parchment
8 Albert Lansdowne
9 Louis Briscoe
10 Reiss Taylor Randle
11 Joe Haines (c)
Subs
12 Jack Walsh
for 4 - 52 mins
14 Danny Jones
for 6 - 67 mins
15 Connor Ward
for 7 - 67 mins
16 McKlane Durdey
not used
17 Zachy Hill
not used
Selston
1 Branon Meehan
2 Josh Bullock Yellow Card
3 Philip Griffiths
4 Jamie Renshaw
5 Grant Hackett
6 Sean Gregory
7 Henry Brooks
8 Ben Moore (c)
9 Oliver Roome
10 Carl Moore
11 Lucas Brough
Subs
12 Dean Bromley
for 11 - 88 mins
14 Scott Taylor
for 9 - 67 mins
15 Harrison Mills
not used
Other Match Info

Referee: Ryan McIravey

Attendance: 168

Star Player

Ewan Mountjoy

Superb performance which kept his side in the game