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Match Report  |  Loughborough Students vs Gresley Rovers

Loughborough Students  2
Smith 54  |  Fadahuns 84
Gresley Rovers  0

Buildbase FA Vase Second Round Proper

Holywell Park & Holywell Sports Complex

Saturday, 20th November 2021, 3.00pm

FA Vase Exit For Rovers

Gresley Rovers FA Vase journey came to an end on Saturday afternoon, losing 2-0 to Loughborough Students in the second round proper.

Level at the break, second-half goals from Kieran Smith and Tope Fadahunsi gave the hosts the victory, who will find out who they face in the next round on Monday.

Gresley struggled to test Ben Whiting in the Loughborough net during the cup tie, failing to score in a match for the first time since August 21.

Loughborough started well, keeping possession as well as restricting the Gresley frontline, and could have taken the lead after forcing Lewis Fenney into a mistake. Pressing from the front, Fadahunsi disposed the ‘keeper.

Squaring the ball to Cameron Moore after being forced out wide, Fenney made up for his mistake, blocking the effort out for a corner.

Gresley struggled to create shooting opportunities, with their first shot coming just past the 20-minute mark. Tackling Finn Brenan on the right wing, George Clark powered towards goal before striking the ball low into the gloves of Whiting, who made a routine save.

Despite their free-scoring form in the league, both sides struggled to create chances, with the ball into the final third either being cleared away or fly out for a goal kick.

Limited chance creation in the first-half, Loughborough went inches away from scoring the first goal of the game on the brink of the break. Receiving the ball on the right wing, Fadahunsi’s ball across the box found Moore, but his lofted effort from close range went over Fenney, looping onto the top of the net.

Having the better of the chances out of the two sides, Loughborough took the lead nine minutes into the second half. An in-swinging ball evaded the Gresley backline, finding an unmarked Smith at the back post. Having the goal at his mercy, Smith fired low beyond Fenny, leaving the ‘keeper no chance.

The Rovers’ looked the better side after conceding, with their move to the three-at-the-back system just past the hour making the difference once again.

Cutting in from the left, Danny Munday’s tame effort from the edge of the box deflected off Izak Reid. Rolling into the opposite corner to which Munday originally aimed the ball, Ben Whiting sprang across the goal to make the save.

Looking from dangerous from set-pieces, the Rovers had two opportunities in quick succession. Whipped in from the corner by Ryan Seal, the captain found Munday, who headed over from just a yard out.

Soon after, it was then Mason Frizelle who latched onto a ball in by Seal, but he directed the ball wide of the post.

Pushing for the equaliser, Gresley conceded a late second. Combining throughout the match, Fadahunsi and Moore did so once again to confirm Loughborough’s place in the next round. Beating Clark on the left, Moore pulled the ball back to the striker, who was free in the centre of the box. First time, Fadahunsi shot the ball across the ‘keeper into the bottom corner.

Defeat for the Moatmen put an end to their 15-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, winning 13, with their last defeat coming against Leek Town in the FA Cup.

Match Stats
Shots on Target 5 4
Shots off Target 4 3
Corners 4 2
Fouls Conceded 14 6
Yellow Cards 2 2
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 52 48
Streaming Interview
Loughborough Students
1 Ben Whiting
2 Theo Sackey-Mensah (c) Yellow Card
3 Finn Brennan
4 Luke Martin
5 Charlie Alexiou
6 Ben Le Rougetel
7 Kieran Smith
8 Max Smallcombe
9 Tope Fadahunsi
10 George Wilson
11 Cameron Moore
12 Dylan Edwards Yellow Card
for 3 - 83 mins
13 Sam Smith (GK)
not used
14 Dami Agboola
not used
15 Ethan O'Toole
not used
16 Will Wright
not used
17 Billy Mycroft-Edwards
for 10 - 70 mins
18 Sid Kerr
for 8 - 44 mins
Gresley Rovers
1 Lewis Fenney
2 George Clark
3 Lucas Harrison
5 Mason Frizelle
6 Ashley Brown
8 Ryan Seal (c)
10 Izak Reid
13 Steve Hart Yellow Card
21 Danny Munday
22 Alex Morris
28 Lee Butler
7 Connor Ward
not used
18 Billy Howard Yellow Card
for 6 - 62
20 Louis Briscoe
for 28 - 62
Other Match Info

Referee: Mariusz Tomon

Attendance: 464

Star Player
Izak Reid

Izak Reid

Worked hard in midfield