South Normanton (A) 18/19


South Normanton Athletic FC v Coventry United FC

Midland Football League Premier Division


Date:                   Tuesday 7th August 2018

KO:                       7.45pm

Venue:                MJ Robinson Structures Arena



Well hello one and all. After Saturdays 1-0 victory at home to Shepshed Dynamo, United tonight make the long trip to north Derbyshire to take on South Normanton Athletic FC.

SNAFC will be looking to chalk up their first win after a 1-0 defeat to Westfields on Saturday so United will have to ready for a committed performance from them.

United’s manager Terry Anderson will have hopefully a near full squad to choose from as he plots to make it two wins out of two in this year’s campaign.

The referee gets the game under way and United start brightly from the off when Shaquille McDonald was put through in the 2nd minute but his rushed shot went high and wide of the target. Then in the 3rd minute after some great approach play by United’s Gift Mussa, he plays in Curvin Ellis who’s in space to get his shot off but brings out a good save from the SNAFC keeper Curtis Hall.

It’s a good start by United but from a rare loose pass by Ben Vallance, he lets in the SNAFC No9 Martin Smyth and the United keeper Bradley Caswell has to rush out bravely to thwart the danger with a great save with his legs in the 5th minute.

United regain their composure and are soon pressing SNAFC hard again as they look to break the deadlock. Their next chance is not long in coming when Kyle Carey does well to win the ball before setting up Shaquille McDonald who sees his powerful drive whiz just over the bar in the 8th minute. United are making all the running so far but SNAFC are coping well with the United threat. United next chance comes in the 14th minute from a Kyle Carey corner that sees Jamal Clarke’s header just skim over the cross bar from 8yrds out.

With SNAFC weathering the storm, they decide to venture forward themselves and create a couple of good chances of their own. The 22nd minute sees them send a long punt up field where the No9 Martin Smyth is lurking but his tamely hit shot is easily gathered by the keeper Bradley Caswell before they break again in the 23rd minute with the same player this time bringing out a good save by the United keeper Bradly Caswell to keep the score at 0-0.

SNAFC continue to force the issue as the first half draws to an end with a succession of corners and free kicks that all fail to trouble a very stern and organised United defence. Soon after the referee blows up for half time with the game still waiting for its first goal.

Half Time


Second Half

The second half gets under way with neither side making any half time changes. United once again come out strong and are soon on the attack. They work the ball forward well and after a great penetrating run by Gift Mussa, he lays the ball off to Shaquille McDonald who in turn rounded the keeper and coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net for the opening goal and his first of the campaign in the 52nd minute.


That’s a good start to the second half and I think United are good value for their lead. SNAFC are not giving up and are looking to get themselves back into the game. They are struggling to get a hold of the game  and United are soon on the offensive again in the 59th minute when they win a corner that’s taken by Kyle Carey and his cross is met by the head of the impressive Curvin Ellis but sadly his effort goes just over the bar.

The game has now got a little scrappy with both teams seemingly cancelling each other out. This brings on a glut of changes by both teams with United taking off Dominik Alleyne and sending on Yohan Tsmasa and SNAFC taking off the No10 Joel Herps and sending on the No14 Andrew Tansley in the 65th minute. Then more followed in the 70th minute with United taking off Kyle Carey and sending on Aron Wint.

SNAFC saw another good chance from a corner in the 76th minute but thankfully the No9 Martin Smyth sent his firm header just over the cross bar when a goal looked certain.

More changes followed in the 77th minute when SNAFC took off the No7 Kallum Greaves and sent on the No15 Kiran Blades. Then in the 82nd minute United took off Curvin Ellis and sent on Kevin Thornton. The changes have affected the flow of the game and it’s become rather a bitty affair in the closing stages. SNAFC make their final change of the evening in the 85th minute when they take off the No4 Ryan Nadine and send on the No18 Luis Danvers.

The game is now into added time and with neither side able to create any further meaningful chances, United are happy to keep possession and run the clock down until the referee finally blows up for full time and they claim another 1-0 victory and 3pts.


In summing up this game I would have to say, PATIENCE IS DEFINITELY A VIRTUE. United started the game well and created a few good early chances. SNAFC were very dogged in their approach to this game and stood up well to the task of dealing with whatever United had to offer. They held out to half time with the score line at 0-0.

The second half saw United continue to make all the running and made an early second half breakthrough after some good work by Gift Mussa to set up Shaquille McDonald to score what turned out to be the only goal of the game. SNAFC never gave up till the end and proved to be a solid hard working outfit that will prove to be tough opponents throughout this season I’m sure.

Players worthy of a mention would have to be the No11 John King. He was always looking to get forward at every opportunity and delivered some great set pieces.

For United this was another workman like team performance and they had to grind this result out and just wait for the chance to come. Kyle Carey looked lively again in the first half as did Robert Prinzel shoring up the centre of the defence to good effect. Curvin Ellis also had a good game and was not afraid to defend from the front and showed he can work hard for the team when his team do not have the ball. For me though tonight, my man of the match has to go to the dynamic Gift Mussa. Gift sets his standards high and rarely lets anybody down. His no-nonsense  approach causes all opponents many problems and his assist for the goal tonight was testament to that so very well played Gift Mussa.

Match Stats                United        SNAFC

On target                       (3)                (3)

Off target                      (7)                 (5)

Corners                         (3)                 (5)

Free kicks                     (10)               (16)

Yellow cards                (0)                 (0)

Red cards                     (0)                 (0)

Offside                         (2)                  (0)