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Match Report  |  Gresley Rovers vs Dronfield Town

Gresley Rovers  1
Archer 38
Dronfield Town  0

Derbyshire Senior Cup 3rd Round

The Moat Ground

Tuesday, 6th December 2022, 7.45pm

Cup Win For Gresley

Gresley Rovers played their first game in the Derbyshire Senior Cup since September 2019 on a freezing damp evening at the Moat Ground against Northern Counties East Division One outfit Dronfield Town.

The home side started brightly putting a header wide with just a couple of minutes on the clock. Lewis Belgrave went close when his shot was palmed away for a corner by Town’s keeper Lewis Naylor. Rovers continued to press their advantage forcing the visitors back with Alex Morris planting a header past the post from a corner.

On 25 minutes Rovers were forced into a change when the injured Chris Camwell was replaced by Bakir Halil.

Just after the half-hour mark Rovers were in front. A great run down the right by James Spruce ended with an inviting ball into the box where Lewis Archer was waiting to accept the invitation slotting the ball home, his first goal for the club and warming the hardy few who turned up for the game.

Rovers almost doubled their advantage just before the break when Mason Frizelle threaded a ball into the stride of Archer, but his effort was well saved by Naylor.

The home side made another change for the start of the second half bringing on Nathaniel Graham for his debut in place of Jordi Gough.

Town had moments of putting Rovers under some real pressure for the first time in the game, but it was the home side who had the next chance when Spruce warmed the hands of Naylor with a shot after cutting in from the right,

Town made two changes on the hour replacing Matt Crowe and Callum Mawbey with Owen Lester and Ned Benson.

Another chance for Rovers came moments after the changes with Alex Morris flicking on the ball to Michael Williams whose shot was palmed away by Naylor.

The game was becoming very scrappy with the changes as the visitors made another change seconds later with Lewis Furness replacing Sam Bebbington.

Albi Lansdowne received the first yellow card as he prevented a possible breakaway but after repelling a corner Rovers went close again this time Morris headed Spruce’s corner wide.

On 70 minutes Rovers made three further changes to the two already made which is allowed in the Derbyshire Senior Cup this season, with Kieron Berry, back from injury after missing the last few games, Tatenda Chirata and Dylan Hunniford replacing Morris, Clark, and Lansdowne.

On 76 minutes Belgrave was unfortunate to see his deflected shot sail fractionally over the bar. From the resultant corner the ball was only half cleared and came out to Williams on the edge of the box and he fired in a shot which beat the keeper but was headed off the line and cleared.

Town’s one real chance of the night came from a quick break, but the final shot was straight into the arms of Rovers’ keeper Leon Phillips.

It was a frantic last ten minutes or so with Berry shot hitting the upright and Town going all out to try and force the game to penalties with Naylor going up for a corner late on.

With the referee somehow finding an extra seven minute of the game it was a relief when he finally blew his whistle to end the game.

Match Stats
Shots on Target 3 2
Shots off Target 4 2
Corners 8 3
Fouls Conceded 11 9
Yellow Cards 2 1
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 60 40
Streaming Interview
Gresley Rovers
1 Leon Philips
2 George Clark
3 Jordi Gough
4 Alby Lansdowne Yellow Card
5 Mason Frizelle
6 Alex Morris (c)
7 James Spruce
8 Lewis Belgrave
9 Lewis Archer Yellow Card
10 Michael Williams
11 Chris Camwell
12 Dylan Hunniford
for 4 - 70 mins
15 Tatenda Chirata
for 2 - 70 mins
16 Nathanial Graham
for 3 - 46 mins
17 Kieron Berry
for 6 - 70 mins
18 Bekhir Halil
for 11 - 25 mins
Dronfield Town
1 Lewis Naylor
2 Sam Bebbington
3 Ethan Flowers
4 Regan Rooke
5 Callum Riley
6 Tom Gladwin
7 Conrad Chapell
8 Callum Mawbey
9 Matt Crowe
10 James Lindores
11 Matt Ord
12 Owen Lester Yellow Card
for 9 - 63 mins
14 Lewis Furness
for 2 - 65 mins
15 Billy Wright
not used
16 Ned Benson
for 8 - 63 mins
17 Cameron Knight
not used
Other Match Info

Referee: Max Underwood

Attendance: 68