Long Eaton


Coventry United FC v Long Eaton United FC

Midland Football League Premier Division


Date:       Saturday 18th November 2017

KO:          3.00pm

Venue:    Butts Park Arena

Attendance: 214


Well hello one and all. It’s been a great week for United with two comprehensive victories that saw United smash in eight goals and also claimed another two clean sheets with wins against Quorn in the FA Vase Cup (6-0) and Heanor Town in the league (2-0). United are now starting to show signs of consistency and the rewards of that are there for all to see.

Today United welcome Long Eaton United to the Butts Park Arena for this MFLP fixture that I’m sure will be yet another tough encounter. LEFC have had a bit of an indifferent start to their campaign this time round and although United chalked up a 3-1 win against them earlier in the season, LEFC will still want to and be capable of getting something out of this game if United are not at their best.

United manager Terry Anderson will have a couple of key players missing for this game but that should leave an opportunity for others to step in and make a claim of their own for a regular start.

The referee gets the game under way and United have another fine start when they press forward early into the match with Lewis Rankin doing well wide on the right. Rankin picks out Craig Reid with a lovely near post cross for Reid to open the scoring with a neat side foot finish in the 4th minute.


Another goal for Craig Reid and United have an early lead that should hopefully settle them down into the game. The game resumes and with both teams cancelling each other out over the next 20 minutes with neither side creating any decent chances worth a mention. It takes until the 23rd minute for LEFC to win their first free kick in a decent position that sees United keeper Richard Morris gather with consummate ease. Shortly afterwards the first booking of the game arrives and it goes to the LEFC No3 Charlie Scanlon for a push on United’s Dominik Alleyne in the 25th minute.

With clear cut chances being hard to come by so far, United work the ball forward with pace in the 32nd minute when Jack Jeys races towards goal and sees his shot from just inside the area easily gathered by the LEFC keeper Scott Low. Another booking soon followed when the LEFC No4 Kallum Keane gets a yellow card for his challenge on United’s Tom James in the 33rd minute.

A rare LEFC attack sees United’s Kyle Barnett called into making a fine tackle to deny the LEFC No10 Mathew Savage from an attempt at the United goal in the 35th minute. United are having more of the ball and are slowly finding some openings in the LEFC defence. Their persistence finally pays off when they win a free kick in the 40th minute. Craig Reid stands over the ball before sending the ball into the six yard box. The defence seem to let the ball bounce and United’s Mitchell Piggon was there to pounce on the loose ball for one of his trademark tap in’s to double his teams lead.


With a few minutes still left to play in the first half, I sense the feeling that United have the game in the bag already. LEFC seem bereft of ideas and are yet to have a shot either on or off target. Before the referee blows up for half time, both Mitchell Piggon and Lewis Rankin miss chances to increase their lead in the 42nd and 45th minutes respectively.

Half Time


Second Half

The second half gets under way and United have made a change during the break taking off the injured Mitchell Piggon and sending on Aaron Opoku. This half takes time to warm up but when it does it’s United who press forward with some neat build up play. United’s Jack Jeys is played in on goal and duly slides the ball into the back of the net only for the linesman to raise his flag for an off side offence in the 54th minute.

LEFC decide to make a change when they take off the No10 Mathew Savage and send on the No16 Blaine Hancock in the 58th minute. Ten minutes later in the 68th minute, United make another change of their own when they take off Bobby Moseley and send on Aron Wint and LEFC also make another change taking off the No11 Willian Coutts and sending on the No12 Joshua Wright.

United are looking more likely to score the next goal as they are starting to probe the LEFC defence more frequently. Their continued pressure finally pays off when some neat approach play sees Craig Reid do well to get to the by line before sending in a great cross for Aaron Opoku to stab the ball home from 5yrds out in the 70th minute.

The points are surely sealed for United now with the 3rd goal. United make their final change by taking off the hard working Dominik Alleyne and sending on Nathan Cadby in the 73rd minute. The next few minutes sees United carve out another couple of attempts from Aaron Opoku and Jack Jeys that are easily mopped up by the LEFC defence before they definitely put the game to bed in the 80th minute. A corner by Craig Reid sees Aron Wint connect to Reid’s cross for a free header that nestles into the back of the net at the far post.


The game resumes and LEFC are struggling to get any foothold in the game at all. United are now attacking at will and soon wrap up a fine performance when they win a corner in the 84th minute. Lewis Rankin plays a short corner with Craig Reid who in turn plays it straight back to Rankin. Rankin then side steps around his marker before sending his glorious shot into the back of the net from just outside the area for another Rankin special.


That goal was the icing on the cake and a deserved one at that for the inform Lewis Rankin. United still find time for one last chance that falls to Jack Jeys who shoots straight at the keeper from outside of the area before the referee blows up for full time and another welcome 3pts.

Full Time


In summing up this game I would have to say PROFESSIONAL JOB WELL DONE. United got off to a great start with that early goal and LEFC didn’t seem to have any answers on how they were going to break down a stern, rigid defensive United. So much so that they did not create any first half chances either on or off target. United in fact scored again to take a 2-0 half time lead.

The second half saw United slowly take complete control and ground LEFC down with plenty of pressure play that would surely have punished LEFC more had they managed to stay on side more frequently. That said United’s goal was never threatened and further goals wrapped this game up and United claimed the 3pts.

United are now back to playing some great football and are also capable of getting stuck in for each other if needs be. The three successive clean sheets is testament to that and the spirit within the team will only grow and with some massive games coming our way over the next few weeks, they are surely going to need it if their run is to continue  in the same vein.

Players worthy of a mention today would have to be the No4 Kallum Keane for LEFC as he never gave up in trying to stem the United tidal wave and was always getting stuck in with some fair but meaty challenges throughout the game.

For United another polished team performance that stood strong and disciplined to make sure they got the job done. Dominik Alleyne had a great game at right back getting some great timely tackles in when needed and was always looking to either set up or support United’s attacks. Kyle Barnett and Robert Prinzel both looked assured next to each other and that partnership can only get stronger the more they play together. Lewis Rankin also continued in his rich vein of form constantly asking questions of the LEFC defence and also chipped in with another fine goal but for me today my man of the match must go to Craig Reid. Craig today had a great game and he his another player who is in great form at the moment. Playing in a more deeper role he relished in it as he retained the ball well before despatching telling passes all game and to top it all off he chalked up another goal for himself and assisted in a further three for his team mates so well played Craig Reid.

Well another 3pts are on the board and with the prospect of a cracking game next week away to high flying Coleshill Town, BRING IT ON. On this form United will be a match for any team in this division and we need not fear anyone, RESPECT yes but FEAR never!!!!!!!!  PUCU

Match Stats            (United)     (LEFC)

On target                 (11)            (0)

Off target                 (2)             (0)

Corners                     (2)             (1)

Free kicks                 (22)           (13)

Yellow cards            (0)              (2)

Red cards                 (0)              (0)

Offside                     (8)               (4)


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