Saturday, 15 March 2014

Gedling MW 2-1 Greenwood Meadows

Venue: Plains Road, Mapperley, Nottingham

Competition: East Midlands Counties League

Welfare - Seaton (26), Law T (28)
Meadows - Meehan (77)

With Kev away with Mrs. Kev, I opted to stay fairly local and pay a visit to our old friends at Plains Road. Always a warm welcome from everyone involved with the club, with a team sheet and a cuppa at half-time provided to boot!

The game started off well enough, and Gedling should have been two goals to the good inside the first 10 minutes. First Tony Law and then Courtney Bartley failed to convert decent chances, but the home team did mange to take the lead on 26. 

Ricky Law, playing in an unaccustomed left-back role, fired in the ball from the wing and JEVIN SEATON managed to get a grazing header to the cross, just enough contact to guide the ball past Greenwood keeper Kurtis Hodgkinson.

TONY LAW had a far post tap in three minutes later. Seaton and Bartley combined well on the right, and when Bartley pinged the ball to the far stick the striker made no mistake, his calm finish doubling the home teams lead. H-T 2-0

Spent the majority of the game in the company of Paul McFarland - and we spent most of the second half trying to work out the teams formations. Gedling appeared to go to three at the back, with six in midfield and Jack Hopper up top on his own. 

That allowed Greenwood the chance to apply pressure, but they decided to stay with four at the back when they could have released at least one defender to add weight to their midfield.  

They did pull a goal back on 77 through substitute ALEX MEEHAN, a neat left foot drive from 15 yards that flew past Max Danby and into the top corner of the net. 

With Gedling offering little in attack, the visitors ought to have left Plains Road with at least a point, but failing to turn the screw when they had the upper hand cost them dearly. F-T 2-1

Admission: £2 (concession)
Programme: £1
Attendance: 46 (the average gate for the EMCL for this round of games was 47.5)

MOM: Gedling's Luke Stanley.

Referee Mr. Rees handled the game competently - no fuss or histrionics. I can't remember a card being shown, although I have been known to be wrong!