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Match Report  |  Gresley Rovers vs Eastwood CFC

Gresley Rovers  3
Hart 42, 76  |  Lee 73
Eastwood CFC  1
Parton 52

United Counties Premier Division North

The Moat Ground

Tuesday, 14th September 2021, 7.45pm

Rovers Made To Work For Their Points

Alfie Burley

Gresley Rovers maintained their 100% home record with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over
Eastwood CFC on Tuesday night.

Two goals from Gresley’s frontman, Steve Hart and a first goal of the season for Kane Lee saw Rovers claim a vital three points in their bid to challenge for promotion.

A slow start to the second half saw Eastwood equalise after Hart had given the hosts a first-half lead. However, Rovers overcame that adversity to score two quickfire goals and move to within
three points of the early pace-setters, Long Eaton United.

Rovers started the game positively and could have been ahead after just five minutes. After Alby Lansdowne’s effort had been blocked, the ball fell to Hart just yards from the goal-line, but the striker was somehow denied by Mark Rathbone.

Eastwood were holding firm, however, and were threatening themselves as they littered the Gresley box with set pieces.
Yet in the 19th minute, Gresley could once again have gone ahead.

Harrison did superbly well to pick out Hart at the back post, but his squared ball to Munday was just behind his fellow
forward - the ball bouncing away to safety.

With Rovers not taking their chances, the visitors looked to punish them. Blair Anderson’s cross from the right nearly caught out Fenney, and McKenzie Parton could only strike straight at the
goalkeeper when well placed in the box.

In the 42nd minute, however, Gresley would break the deadlock. A long ball forward from George Clark was latched onto by Hart, and the striker raced away from the Eastwood defence and towards goal.

After his marker got back to present the striker with an obstacle, Hart chopped inside before rounding the ‘keeper and expertly finding the bottom corner.

Eastwood responded almost immediately when George Clark’s poor headed back-pass was
pounced on by Moussa Cisse. The newly-signed Eastwood striker couldn’t find a way past Fenney though, maintaining Gresley’s lead into half-time.

Following the break, the visitors came out determined to turn the game around and they levelled the scoring just seven minutes into the second half.

Blair Anderson showed great control to touch down a long ball before finding his way to the edge of the box. Chopping inside Clark, Anderson took the shot on and after Fenney could only parry his attempt, Parton finished off the follow-up.

Gresley seemed rattled by the leveller and Eastwood looked to take advantage, but they couldn’t fashion out a clear cut opportunity.

As the half wore on, Rovers started to find their feet again, and in the 73rd minute they would go ahead for a second time. After a corner had initially been cleared, Hart recycled the ball back into the box. His cross was punched away by Rathbone, but only as far as Lee who stabbed home.

Just five minutes later, Gresley would extend their lead as they took firm control of the game.

Lansdowne showed vision from midfield as he stroked the ball through the middle of the Eastwood defence to Hart. Full of confidence, the striker stroked the ball past the ‘keeper to all but seal the three points for Rovers.

A late sin-bin of goalscorer, Parton did not aid Eastwood’s task as they looked to get back into the game, and the visitors couldn’t find the quality to pressure the Gresley back-line late on.

Match Stats
Shots on Target 7 3
Shots off Target 1 4
Corners 2 4
Fouls Conceded 10 14
Yellow Cards 1 2
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 50 50
Streaming Interview
Gresley Rovers
1 Lewis Fenney
2 George Clark
3 Lucas Harrison Yellow Card
4 Alby Lansdowne
5 Mason Frizelle
22 Alex Morris
17 Michael Williams
8 Ryan Seal (c)
9 Kane Lee
13 Steve Hart
21 Danny Munday
7 Connor Ward
not used
14 Louis Briscoe
for 13 - 77 mins
23 Brad Daly
not used
27 Kelvin Kasongo
for 9 - 77 mins
28 Lee Butler
for 8 - 74 mins
Eastwood CFC
1 Mark Rathbone
2 Callum Jones
3 Jack Andrews (c)
4 Dean Freeman
5 Jahren Barrow Yellow Card
6 Jermaine Hollis
7 McKenna Parton
8 Sean Woolley Yellow Card
9 Moussa Cisse
10 Romello Nangle
11 Blair Anderson
12 David Leak
not used
14 Finnlay Hunter
for 10 - 74 mins
Other Match Info

Referee: Wayne Gray

Attendance: 161

Star Player

Steve Hart & Kane Lee

Steve Hart for his double and Kane Lee for his long awaited goal