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Match Report  |  Gresley Rovers vs Pinchbeck United

Gresley Rovers  3
Frizelle 5  |  Munday 31  |  Hart 82
Pinchbeck United  0

United Counties Premier Division North

The Moat Ground

Saturday, 14th August 2021, 3.00pm

Rovers Open Their League Account At Home

Alfie Burley

Gresley Rovers recorded their first league win of the season in a dominant performance against Pinchbeck United.

Following a disappointing 2-0 opening day defeat to Heanor Town, Rovers had few problems recording their first three points of the campaign against a blunt Pinchbeck side.

The visible size difference between the two sides paid dividends for Gresley in the first period as two corners resulted in two goals, and a fabulous third from Steve Hart in the second half wrapped up a comfortable victory.

A late penalty was the only blemish on Gresley’s afternoon, but even then, a superb stop from Lewis Fenney gave it a positive spin - preserving his side’s clean sheet.

The Moatmen started on the front foot and got their reward with an early goal. In the 5th minute a corner from Ryan Seal was won in the air at the back post by Mason Frizelle, and he directed his header into the opposite corner.

Rovers continued this momentum throughout the first half and were causing the visitors all kinds of problems. Danny Munday teed up his strike partner, Hart, but he could only drag his shot well

Munday’s electric energy was a thorn in the side of Pinchbeck and their goalkeeper, Alex Smith.

After dallying in possession, the ‘keeper was hurried by Munday’s presence - eventually being forced to concede a corner.

It was from that very corner that Rovers would extend their lead, with Munday showing heaps of desire to leap towards the ball and flick it into the far corner - scoring his fourth goal in two games.

United evidently had a weakness from set pieces and Rovers continued to exploit it, Seal’s delivery once again caused havoc as Alex Morris nodded into the side netting, whilst poor marking allowed Frizelle a free header just yards from goal, but he skewed his header over the crossbar.

Lee almost put gloss on a complete first half performance, but his spectacular volleyed attempt whistled just past the post.

In the second half, Gresley continued to control the game, and almost scored a third when Seal received the ball back after his initial corner delivery was cleared before forcing Smith into a
diving save with a curling effort.

Pinchbeck were, however, providing more of a threat as Rovers started to run out of steam. Yet,good goalkeeping from Lewis Fenney, and strong defending meant the visitors were unable to take advantage of their set pieces.

Yet, with nine minutes to play, Gresley wrapped up all three points. Ashley Brown was the creator as he dinked the ball perfectly to Hart. After chesting down the pass, Hart brilliantly half-volleyed his attempt past Smith, getting him off the mark for the season.

The same combination nearly resulted in another goal, but this time Hart headed wide when well placed.

In injury time, there was to be late drama, as Lucas Harrison went to ground, taking out Nathan Moss, and the referee had no hesitation in awarding the away side a penalty.

However, Fenney preserved his side’s clean sheet with a fantastic save down to his right, tipping away Moss’ penalty and capping off a great afternoon for Rovers.

Match Stats
Shots on Target 5 1
Shots off Target 4 0
Corners 9 3
Fouls Conceded 11 10
Yellow Cards 1 1
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 80 20
Streaming Interview
Gresley Rovers
1 Lewis Fenney
2 George Clark
3 Lucas Harrison
4 Alby Lansdowne Yellow Card
5 Mason Frizelle
6 Ashley Brown
22 Alex Morris
8 Ryan Seal (c)
9 Kane Lee
13 Steve Hart
21 Danny Munday
7 Connor Ward
for 4 - 74 mins
10 Darious Darkin
for 8 - 75 mins
20 Massiah McDonald
for 9 - 65 mins
23 Brad Daly
not used
27 Kelvin Kasongo
not used
Pinchbeck United
1 Alex Smith
2 Dion Worthington (c) Yellow Card
3 Nathan Stevens
4 Harry Peasgood
5 Jack Fixter
6 Neil Spafford
7 Fin Armond
8 Ben Johnson
9 Enoch Opayinka
10 Nathan Moss
11 Haydn Havard
12 Harry Machin
for 5 - 57 mins
14 Kristian Gagyil
for 9 - 75 mins
15 Harry Robinson
for 8 - 75 mins
16 Harrison Taylor
not used
Other Match Info

Referee: Matthew Friend

Attendance: 150

Star Player
Danny Munday

Danny Munday

Terrorised the visiting defence all afternoon