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Match Report  |  Sutton Coldfield Town vs Gresley Rovers


Sutton Coldfield Town  7
Hilton 10  |  Collins 13, 60  |  McSkeane 34  |  Santos Lima 73  |  Edmonds 76  |  Philip 83
Gresley Rovers  1
Lee 21

Northern Premier League Midlands

Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield

Saturday, 2nd December 2023, 3.00pm


Royal Drubbing For Rovers

Sutton Coldfield Town must have thought that Christmas had come early as their visitors gifted arguably six of their seven goals.

It all started so well for Rovers with Richard Hanslow heading a cross from the left narrowly over the bar with just a minute on the clock, but the home side took the lead with their first serious attack on Rovers’ goal when Rhys Hilton stoked the ball home unchallenged on 10 minutes.

Three minutes later they had doubled their advantage when Cameron Collins accepted the chance smashing a rebound into the net after Harvey Woodward had only half parried a cross from the right into his path.

Sutton almost added a third as Rovers’ leaky defence allowed the impressive Rhys Hilton the freedom of the pitch to latch onto a long ball through the back line but his final shot was straight at Woodward.

On 21 minutes Rovers were back in the game. A long ball split the home defence and Kan Lee ran onto it and continued his run before firing past the oncoming Royals keeper Jono Brown. Rovers seemed to go up a gear with John King hitting a powerful shot from distance that Brown did well to tip over the bar.

If Rovers’ travelling faithful thought their side were turning the corner, they were to be sadly disappointed as once more the gift of a goal was handed to their hosts. Rovers had just had a warning as Alex McSkeane flashed a shot across the face of an open goal but he made no mistake on 34 minutes when he latched onto a rebound which Woodward had only half blocked firing back into the net.

In the opening minutes of the second half Martin Smyth saw his free kick go just over but that was the last of any decent chances Rovers created.

Rovers made their first change of the game when Nathan Banton replaced the quiet Hanslow but it did not remedy the problem as the visitors handed goal number four on 60 minutes. A woefully short back pass to Woodward saw Cameron Collins nip in and take the ball before hitting the back of Woodward’s empty goal for his second of the game.

Another change for Rovers with Riley Davoile replacing Smyth again did nothing to stem the tide as six minutes later goal number five arrived with the Rovers back line opening like the Red Sea for Moses and Pedro Santos Lima accepting the invitation to hammer home his goal - it was so easy.

More salt was rubbed into the already gaping Rovers’ wound with two more goals coming in the final fifteen minutes or so as the visitors continued to hand out the gifts. A low shot from Ryan Edmonds claimed goal number six and on 83 minutes Royals substitute Cameron Philip, on the field for just sixty seconds, easily scored goal number seven completing an absolute December drubbing on a bitterly cold afternoon.

Match Stats
  GFC SCT
Shots on Target 2 10
Shots off Target 2 2
Corners 6 2
Fouls Conceded 10 8
Yellow Cards 0 0
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 46 54
Streaming Interview
Sutton Coldfield Town
1 Jono Brown
2 Aris Christophorous
3 Taylor Carter-Byrne
4 Pedro Santos Lima
5 James Beresford (c)
6 Frazer Doyle
7 Kyle Byrne
8 Cameron Collins
9 Alex McSkeane
10 Rhys Hilton
11 Ryan Edmunds
Subs
12 Harry Sawyer
not used
14 Rennie Birch
for 2 - 84 mins
15 Edison Antonio
for 9 - 81 mins
16 Cameron Philip
for 11 - 82 mins
17 Jack Burgess
not used
Gresley Rovers
1 Harvey Woodward
2 Chris Jones
3 John Guy
4 Alby Lansdowne (c)
5 Marc Strzyzewski
6 Jayden Cotterill
7 Kane Lee
8 Martin Smyth
9 Richard Hanslow
10 Dylan Hunniford
11 John King
Subs
12 Haydn Brown
not used
14 Nathan Banton
for 9 - 59 mins
15 Tyler Donaldson
not used
16 Rhys Mason
for 11 - 82 mins
17 Riley Davoile
for 8 - 67 mins
Other Match Info

Referee: Josh Brookland

Attendance: 263

Star Player
Dylan Hunniford

Dylan Hunniford

Continues to work hard for his team