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Match Report  |  Sutton Coldfield Town vs Gresley Rovers

Sutton Coldfield Town  1
Dampha 76
Gresley Rovers  0

Northern Premier League Midlands

Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield

Saturday, 4th February 2023, 3.00pm

Royal Defeat For Rovers

It’s been said on several occasions that Rovers have been unfortunate to come away from a match with anything to show for their endeavour, but this was really one of those games.

Rovers had comfortably beaten today's hosts at the beginning of October and were hoping to add to their success.

Rovers played well but just couldn’t find the finishing touch in front of goal. The home side, however, took their chance to take all three points when a share of the spoils would have been the fairest outcome.

The first half was an even affair with neither side carving out any real clear-cut chances but perhaps, Rovers had the best of the rare occasions with Kane Lee firing a shot from the edge of the area which home keeper Jonathan Brown did well to push away diving to his left.

The second half saw the Royals making their first substitution with Trea Bertie replacing Isaac Jagroop.

The first save for Rovers’s keeper, Lewis Fenney came on 50 minutes but he had to be on his toes 10 minutes later when he came off his line quickly to deny substitute Bertie diving at his feet to block the ball.

Town were having a good spell and Bertie was denied again this time by the fine last ditch tackle from Alex Morris.

Just after the hour mark Rovers went close with Lee putting a header fractionally the wrong side of the upright.

Minutes later Rovers went close again. Lee made a good run down the right before sending over an inviting ball for Danny Munday, who had two minutes earlier replaced Izak Reid, but his header was saved by Brown.

James Spruce had a low shot held but a slip in midfield allowed a quick break which ended with Ceesay Dampha being allowed the time to fire a shot across Fenney and into the far corner of the net.

Rovers, to their credit, continued to press for a goal with Morris heading a Halil corner straight at Brown, but, the pressing forward almost cost Rovers another goal but Fenney made a fine save to prevent it diving to his left at the near post.

The visitors went agonisingly close to claiming a deserved share of the points in the final minutes with Halil’s powerful goal bound shot being blocked in the area.

Match Stats
Shots on Target 4 3
Shots off Target 2 3
Corners 9 8
Fouls Conceded 8 8
Yellow Cards 0 2
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 52 48
Streaming Interview
Sutton Coldfield Town
1 Jonathan Brown
2 Harry Sawyer
3 Tom Armitage
4 John Mills
5 James Beresford (c)
6 Patrick Zito
7 Ceesay Dampha Yellow Card
8 Cameron Collins Yellow Card
9 Isaac Jagroop
10 Rhys Hilton
11 Ryan Edmunds
12 Yahiya Todd
not used
14 Dilano Reid
for 11 - 70 mins
15 Trea Bertie
for 9 - 46 mins
16 Fortune Maphosa
not used
17 Sam Ellis
not used
Gresley Rovers
1 Lewis Fenney
2 George Clark
3 Akanni Akinwe
4 Michael Williams
5 Alby Lansdowne
6 Alex Morris (c)
7 James Spruce
8 Lewis Belgrave
9 Kane Lee
10 Izak Reid
11 Keiron Berry
12 Tyler Donaldson
not used
15 Dylan Hunniford
not used
16 Bekir Halil
for 9 - 79 mins
17 Danny Munday
for 10 - 65 mins
Other Match Info

Referee: Martyn Gospel

Attendance: 189

Star Player
Alex Morris

Alex Morris

Continues to be a colossus, in every sense, at the heart of the defence