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Match Report  |  Heanor Town vs Gresley Rovers

Heanor Town  2
Weaver 58  |  Sleigh 67
Gresley Rovers  0

United Counties Premier Division North

The Town Ground, Heanor

Wednesday, 4th August 2021, 7.45pm

Two Goal Town Sink Rovers

Alfie Burley

Gresley’s first league match of the 2021/2022 season ended in defeat, as two second-half goals gave Heanor victory at the Town Ground.

Goals from Lewis Weaver and Jamie Sleigh wrapped up the win for the home side, who make a winning start on their return to the ninth tier.

Rovers played well in patches, but two lapses of concentration at the back cost them dearly,forcing them to settle for defeat in their first match back.

Rovers made a nervy start to the game as Heanor came close to taking the lead within the first minute - but the away side were thankful to see Jamie Sleigh’s shot go well off target.

This early warning sign seemed to awaken Rovers, and they managed to wrestle back some control in the game, and they had a huge chance when Ryan Seal found Danny Munday at the back post, but the striker’s half-volley was wide of the mark.

Gresley were, however, still susceptible at the back, and Lewis Fenney was forced to preserve his side’s clean sheet on multiple occasions in the first period.

His fingertip save deflected Kyle Daley’s dipping effort just over the crossbar, whilst he also denied Louis Antony from close range following a free kick delivery into the box.

Yet, Gresley were fashioning clear chances of their own, and probably should have taken the lead when Seal played Oli Bailey behind the Heanor defence, but Tom Smith was out of his goal well to deny the forward.

Just before the half-time whistle, Gresley would have one more chance, and after being frustrated for the majority of the first 45, Steve Hart nearly left his mark, only to see his shot deflected wide of the goal.

Following the break Gresley started brightly, Oli Bailey heading just over the crossbar via a free kick from Seal. Yet, in the 58th minute Heanor would hit the front.

After finding space inside the area, Lewis Weaver composed himself before slotting neatly in at Lewis Fenney’s near post - opening the scoring for Town.

The strike seemed to rattle Gresley, and they never really recovered, and Heanor would double their lead in the 67th minute.

A corner from the right-hand side was won in the middle by the home side, and despite an outstanding save from Fenney, Sleigh followed up on the rebound to compound the Moatmen’s misery.

With Rovers now pushing for a goal back, Heanor looked dangerous on the counter, Sleigh came close to doubling his tally, but Harrison got down well to block his effort.

The Moatmen had their chances at the end of the game, but a block on the line denied substitute Lucas Powell, whilst Alex Morris fired over in the closing seconds.

Match Stats
Shots on Target 2 10
Shots off Target 4 7
Corners 5 8
Fouls Conceded 6 10
Yellow Cards 1 2
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 45 55
Streaming Interview
Heanor Town
1 Tom Smith
2 Ryan Ebanks
3 Joe Nice Yellow Card
4 Tom Hilton
5 Jake Carlisle
6 Louis Anthony
7 Kyle Daley
8 Josh Craddock Yellow Card
9 Jamie Sleigh (c)
10 Jordan Ball
11 Lewis Weaver
12 Ellis Evans
for 7 - 64 mins
14 Jake Dickinson
for 10 - 80 mins
15 Josh Melville
not used
17 Max Thornberry
for 9 - 90 mins
Gresley Rovers
1 Lewis Fenney
23 Brad Daly Yellow Card
3 Lucas Harrison
22 Alex Morris
5 Mason Frizelle
6 Ashley Brown
28 Oli Bailey
8 Ryan Seal (c)
21 Danny Munday
13 Steve Hart
11 Josh Burniston
4 Alby Lansdowne
for 3 - 83 mins
7 Connor Ward
not used
15 Lucas Powell
for 28 - 64 mins
20 Massiah McDonald
for 11 - 64 mins
27 Kelvin Kasongo
not used
Other Match Info

Referee: Martin Beard

Attendance: 214

Star Player
Lucas Harrison

Lucas Harrison

Lucas Harrison - worked hard for his side