Long Eaton United
Date: Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Venue: Grange Park
Attendance: approx. 80
Well hello one and all. After a disappointing result on Saturday in the defeat to AFC Wulfrunians, United tonight have the chance to put things right with a game against Long Eaton United. With United seemingly falling into a bit of a dip in form of late, they really need to start getting back to winning ways if they are to stay in touch with the leading pack.
There are no easy games in this league as we already know so I’m sure tonight’s game is going to be no different.
The referee gets the game under way and United show some early intent when David Moli plays in Lewis Rankin as they press forward but Rankins shot goes wide of the target in the 2nd minute. LEFC respond with an immediate corner that cleared easily in the 3rd minute.
United have started brightly and are looking to get forward at every opportunity. United’s Donnell Benjamin making his United debut showed some promise after some good approach play sees his powerful shot very well saved by the LEFC keeper Scott Low in the 10th minute. Then in the 11th minute United’s Lewis Hudson tried his luck from range but his effort just dipped over the cross bar.
United continue to make all the early running and another chance soon comes along after more good build up play involving Lewis Hudson and Tommy Glasscoe sees David Moli send his shot just wide of the post in the 14th minute.
The first booking of the game goes to United’s Brad Jones for a miss-timed tackle in the 20th minute and the resulting free kick is cleared by David Moli. Then in the next minute the LEFC No11 Will Coutts is booked for pushing over David Moli in the 21st minute.
The next 20 minutes sees both teams cancel each other out in a midfield duel until in the 40th minute when the LEFC No9 Grant Ryan neatly headed the ball into the back of the net but fortunately the goal was disallowed for offside.
The first half is almost over but United still have time for one last chance after more good pressing sees Lewis Rankin play in David Moli who sees his shot really well saved by the LEFC keeper Scott Low in the 45th minute. The referee soon after blows up for half time with the scores still level.
LEFC 0 UNITED 0
The second half gets under way with LEFC making a change by taking off the No6 Jamie McKeever and sending on the No14 Ryan Head.
LEFC come out for the second half with some fire in their belly. After soaking up plenty of United pressure in the first half, they are now going on the offensive looking to make a breakthrough. Their No4 Mark Smith tries his luck from range but sees his effort go well wide of the target in the 46th minute and then in the 47th minute the No9 Grant Ryan also tried his luck from 35yrds without success I might add. LEFC force a couple of corners that are both easily dealt with that were sandwiched with a David Moli cross shot that swell saved by the LEFC keeper Scott Low in the 53rd minute.
United whether the storm and start to regain control of the game again. They win a free kick on the edge of the area in the 63rd minute but Rankins shot goes straight to the keeper. Soon after they get the break they deserve when United’s Aaron Opoku did well to get into the area before being toppled over and the referee points straight to the spot. The penalty is delayed for treatment to an injured LEFC player before Aaron Opoku steps up himself to send the keeper Scott Low the wrong way and United take the lead in the 67th minute.
LEFC 0 UNITED 1
That goal was a long time coming but as they say, better late than never. The game resumes and United now have their tails up as LEFC looked shell shocked. The next attack sees them link up well with some quick slick passing between Lewis Hudson, Aaron Opoku and Lewis Rankin that sees Aaron Opoku put through to force the ball into the back of the net off the keeper for his and United’s second goal in the 69th minute.
LEFC 0 UNITED 2
Hopefully that should see them home if they can just keep focussed and tight at the back. The game restarts and soon after United make a change when they take off the tiring Donnell Benjamin and sending on Joshua O’Grady in the 70th minute. Then 5 minutes later in the 75th minute they make another change when they take off Aaron Opoku and send on Craig Reid. Reid makes an instant impact when United press forward again and Craig Reid gets to the by line before turning the ball back to set it up for David Moli to steer the ball in for a well worked goal in the 76th minute.
LEFC 0 UNITED 3
Well that should definitely seal it for United now after the 3rd goal.
LEFC break forward in the 79th minute but the No9 Grant Ryan sends his shot well wide of the target.
With the game now into the last 10 minutes, United make their final change in the 80th minute by taking off Lewis Rankin and sending on Robert Prinzel. United are trying to keep the ball to run the clock down but with the clock on 82 minutes LEFC win a free kick in a dangerous position on the edge of the area. The No8 Tom Gamblen stood over the ball ready to take it and duly despatches a lovely free kick that screams past United keeper Richard Morris for a great consolation goal.
LEFC 1 UNITED 3
Well that was a well taken free kick but with only a few minutes left to play, United are able to see the game out until the referee blows his whistle for full time and a more than welcome 3pts going to United’s cause.
LEFC 1 UNITED 3
In summing up this game United controlled much of the first half and manged to create a couple of decent chances but once again failed to convert any of them.
The second half saw LEFC come out ready for the fight and created a couple of half chances with some early concerted pressure. It wasn’t to last though as United soon got back into their groove and more chances followed. First came the penalty and soon after another goal made it more comfortable before sealing it with a well worked third before conceding a late consolation goal in the 82nd minute. United continue to create chances and as long as they keep doing that then they will always have a chance to get something out of the game. That proved right tonight as they patiently went about their business and deservedly claimed all 3pts.
Players worthy of a mention would be the LEFC No7 Andy Todd (captain). He was always in the thick of it all and supplied his team mates with plenty of precise passes and was never afraid to get stuck in.
For United, Chris Cox and Kyle Barnett both looked solid at the back with both full backs giving plenty of support when needed. David Moli and Aaron Opoku both did well and linked up well at times which I’m sure will only get better. Gift Mussa worked well also in the middle but for me tonight the man of the match goes to Tommy Glasscoe. Tommy was everywhere tonight and worked like a Trojan. He was great at getting the ball back and also moved the ball quickly at every opportunity. Tommy gives you 100% every time and tonight he needed to and didn’t disappoint so well played Tommy Glasscoe.
A big mention must go to the 15 or so travelling Red and Green army who made the 100 mile round trip to see their team chalk up a well deserved victory. Here’s hoping for another one on Saturday away at Rugby Town.
Match stats (United) (LEFC)
On target (8) (1)
Off target (6) (3)
Corners (3) (3)
Free kicks (17) (9)
Yellow cards (1) (1)
Red cards (0) (0)
Offside (4) (2)