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Match Report  |  Long Eaton United vs Gresley Rovers

Long Eaton United  2
Taylor 4  |  Cox 12
Gresley Rovers  0

Pre-Season Friendly

Grange Park, Long Eaton

Tuesday, 4th July 2023, 7.45pm

Rovers' Promising Start

Gresley Rovers’ new look squad started their pre-season games with a trip to Long Eaton United newly promoted to the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

Both sides made many changes of players which has now become the norm during early pre-season games as manager’s tried and tested their new charges with Rovers’ management team naming nineteen split across both halves.

The game was played in a competitive spirit with the home side making most of the early chances as Rovers were still finding their feet. And they took advantage scoring just five minutes into the game after some poor defending from the visitors.

To their credit Rovers went close several times which, with more games under their belt, would probably have been converted but the build up that created the chances was very good.

Another slip in concentration allowed United to double their advantage seven minutes later with a low shot which beat Charlie Leeke and into the bottom corner.

The rest of the first half was fairly even with both sides making chances.

Rovers made their changes for the start of the second half, and they began to have more of a say in the game. Two of the younger players brought on took the attention of the traveling Rovers’ fans.

In goal was u18’s keeper Aiden Sharpe, who made some top class saves to deny United at least another goal with the youngster coming off his line quickly to block shots with both his body and his feet. One save brought applause from both sets of fans as the home side went close again.

Meanwhile, at the other end Haydn Brown was causing problems for the United defence with his runs into their area and along with some excellent play from fellow substitutes Steve Hart and Danny Munday saw Rovers threaten to score.

Overall, it was an encouraging performance from the new look side with moments of good football played all over the pitch which is very encouraging.

It’s still early days but despite tonight's score line there were signs of this side building into a solid footballing side ready for the new season.

Streaming Interview
Long Eaton United
1 Mitchell Leivers
2 Larell King
3 Sam Parker (c)
4 Kyle Symons
5 Keiran Walker
6 Luke Cox
7 L'Varn Brandy
8 James Taylor
9 Tom Cursons
10 Cieron Keane
11 Adam Clark
12 Tom Marshall
13 Sam Wilson (GK)
14 Danny Gordon
15 Riece Bertram
16 Marley Fearon
17 Micah Jebbison
18 Curtis Davies
20 Cameren Philip
21 Callum Minkley
22 Riley Philips
23 Alex Marshall
Gresley Rovers
1 Charlie Leake
2 Jayden Cotterill
3 Dexter Dudley-Toole
5 Tyler Donaldson
6 Alby Lansdowne (c)
8 Riley Davoile
9 Jordan Edwards
10 James Tague
11 Kane Lee
12 Lewis Belgrave
14 James Spruce
13 Steve Hart
15 Mason Frizelle (c)
16 Latrell Patterson
17 Haydn Brown
18 Dylan Hunniford
19 Danny Munday
20 Bradley Maslen-Jones
21 Aiden Sharp