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Match Report  |  Gresley FC vs Rugby Town

Note that this page is from our archive during the time when the club was called Gresley FC. It may not be related to the old Gresley Rovers.
Gresley FC  0
Rugby Town  1
Luckie 78

Build Base FA Vase First Round

The Moat Ground, Church Gresley

Saturday, 12th October 2019, 3.00pm

Match Sponsor: Vickers Young Ltd

Luckie Strike Sinks Gresley

Gresley were seconds away from forcing an extra 30 minutes play but were denied by the boot of Lee Thomas but Rugby hung on to win their way into the next round of the FA Vase.

The home side were without Jordan Fitzpatrick and Joe Haines but introduced Jack Walsh who had returned to Mickleover Sports at the end of August but has returned to the Moat Ground.

Rugby Town put Gresley under pressure early in forcing several corners, but they could not capitalise on them.

Walsh warmed the palms of visiting keeper Matt Hill, but the game was void of any clear-cut chances at either end. Albert Lansdowne had a decent shot deflected as the first half came to a close.

Rugby started the second half strongly and went close to taking the lead on 54 minutes but Liam Francis’s free header from Ryan Seal’s corner came off the far post and away.

James Bennett-Tindall hit a well struck free kick straight into the midriff of Hill but still the clear-cut chances were nowhere to be seen. Lansdowne also directed his free kick from the left straight at Hill and the frustration from both sides was clearly evident.

However, Rugby took a fortunate lead on 78 minutes. A ball into the area by Charlie Evans was not cleared by the Gresley defenders and fell nicely for Jazz Luckie and true to his name he found the ball at his feet and he put his shot past Ben Allsop from close in.

With only seconds remaining of the game, Nehemia Zazi thought he’d kept his side in the game when he stabbed the ball towards the empty net as Hill was caught trying to clear the ball. However, Thomas somehow managed to get back and clear the ball as it was about to cross the line.

This was perhaps the best showing from Gresley so far this season and they were extremely unlucky not to have at least forced Rugby into extra time as the visitors only shot on target produced the only goal of the game.

Match Stats
Shots on Target 5 1
Shots off Target 2 3
Corners 2 6
Fouls Conceded 12 10
Yellow Cards 1 1
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 50 50
Streaming Interview
Gresley FC
1 Ben Allsop
2 Ben Healey
3 Joel Howes
4 Sam Pilkington
5 Jacob Sturgess
6 Jake McIntosh (c)
7 McKlane Durdey
8 Jack Walsh
9 Nehemia Zazi
10 Albert Lansdowne Yellow Card
11 James Bennett-Tindall
14 James Harrison
not used
15 Mark Potts
not used
16 Harry Heartfield
not used
17 Harry Collins
not used
18 David McDermott
not used
Rugby Town
1 Matt Hill
2 Keenah Rosser
3 Lee Thomas
4 Lian Francis (c)
5 James Clarke
6 Caine Elliott
7 Ryan Seal
8 Lewis Hayden
9 Jazz Luckie
10 Justin Marsden
11 Charlie Evans
12 Harry Holloway
for 6 - 69 mins
14 Sam Lockley Yellow Card
for 9 - 84 mins
15 Loyiso Recci
not used
16 Lewis Padmore
for 10 - 79 mins
Other Match Info

Referee: Kevin Guise

Attendance: 205

Star Player
Jacob Sturgess

Jacob Sturgess

Chosen by Corby McDonald of match sponsors Vickers Young