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Match Report  |  Gresley Rovers vs Dereham Town

Gresley Rovers  1
Spruce 2
Dereham Town  0

Northern Premier League Midlands

The Moat Ground

Saturday, 11th February 2023, 3.00pm

Rovers Win

by Luke Nurden

The Moatmen held off relegation rivals Dereham Town after a second minute wonder-goal by James Spruce gave Gresley the win.

Lewis Fenney frustrated the visitors throughout the game, after several brilliant saves kept Gresley a clean-sheet.

A timid second half from both side’s attacking play and a strong defensive effort from Gresley left the home-side gleaming with three points.

This victory for Gresley swaps themselves and Dereham in the league table, giving The Moatmen even more hope for survival from relegation.

Spruce gave Gresley an emphatic start, after a confident 35-yard-volley found the back of the net within two minutes of kick-off.
Louis Henman-Mason found himself in a dangerous position to equalise, however, his first-time effort flew over Gresley’s crossbar.

The visitors continued their pressure to equalise, this time a long-range effort by Dereham talisman, Charlie Clarke, which had the better of Fenney, skimmed the crossbar and went out of play.

Fenney pulled off an incredible sequence of saves to keep Gresley in the lead, after a low strike from Dereham was matched with a strong hand of the keeper, followed up by a punch to send the ball out of danger.

After having a clear view on goal, Lewis Belgrave, took his chance from long range which ended to be a simple save by visiting keeper Ross Bilham.

Carl Abbot’s side dominated the start of the second half, but nothing could find a way past Bilham.

A strong defensive display from the home side gave Dereham little hope in an equaliser, with every attack quickly dismantled by George Clarke and Dominic Perkins.

Fenney completed another stellar save to keep the Moatmen in the lead, with a deflected shot met with a quick reaction stop from Gresley’s number one.

Kane Lee used his blistering pace down the right wing a number of times in the second half, however, despite Lee’s efforts, Gresley could not find a way to double their lead.

In the final stages of the game, debutant Jonathon Letford saw his powerful first-time strike fly just wide from a Spruce corner.

Match Stats
Shots on Target 3 4
Shots off Target 3 4
Corners 4 4
Fouls Conceded 10 12
Yellow Cards 5 1
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 50 50
Streaming Interview
Gresley Rovers
1 Lewis Fenney
2 George Clark
3 Dominic Perkins
4 Alby Lansdowne (c) Yellow Card
5 Tyler Donaldson
6 Lewis Belgrave
7 James Spruce Yellow Card
8 Danny Munday
9 Jonathan Letford
10 Kane Lee Yellow Card
11 Kieron Berry
12 Dylan Hunniford
not used
15 Akanni Akinwe
not used
16 Izak Reid Yellow Card
for 11 - 61 mins
17 Michael Williams Yellow Card
for 6 - 61 mins
18 Shaq Leachman-Whittingham
for 5 - 75 mins
Dereham Town
1 Ross Bilham
2 Daniel White
3 Oliver Yun
4 Kai Thurston
5 Dion Frary (c) Yellow Card
6 Christopher Greenslade
7 Joseph Gascoigne
8 Louis Henman-Mason
9 Charlie Clarke
10 Mohammed Hasan
11 Ryan Swift
14 Jacob Skinner#
not used
15 James Cooper
for 8 - 71 mins
16 Richard Black
not used
17 Charlie Marshall
not used
Other Match Info

Referee: William Booth

Attendance: 354

Star Player
Lewis Fenney

Lewis Fenney

Tremendous game, made some unbelievable saves