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Match Report  |  Coleshill Town vs Gresley Rovers

Coleshill Town  1
Spruce 67
Gresley Rovers  1
Hanslow (pen) 71

Northern Premier League Midlands

Pack Meadow, Coleshill

Saturday, 16th March 2024, 3.00pm

Points Shared At Coleshill

After a break of four weeks caused by the awful wet weather the country has had to endure Rovers travelled to Coleshill and played out a hard-earned draw.

Neither side could afford to lose this game with Rovers desperate to gain points as they sit precariously at the bottom of the league and Town not that far ahead their visitors.

Rovers fielded two new faces Harley Kozluck and James Matthews, and both fitted into the side seamlessly performing well on their debuts.

Town started well with former Moatman Jonathan Letford forcing an early save from Rovers’ keeper Louie Turner. Turner was needed again on 17 minutes tipping a shot from distance over the bar.

The Rovers’ keeper made an even better save when on 18 minutes Town were awarded a penalty when Letford was apparently brought down in the area, but Turner chose the right decision diving to keep out George Washbourne’s spot kick.

Rovers’ first chance of the game came to Kieran O’Connell, just outside the area, could only fire his shot well over the bar.

The game became scrappy with the referee blowing for the slightest of touches on the Town players who seemed to go down very easily. The constant stop-start of the game led to both sides becoming frustrated and both sides having players shown the yellow cards as the first half came to an end.

The second half began where the first had ended with constant free kicks punctuating the action but on 64 minutes Town had the chance to take the lead when the unmarked Ben Maginness headed a corner over the bar when well placed.

However, they didn’t miss their next chance a few minutes later. Rovers lost possession just inside their own half and the ball was launched high and long up field. Another former Rovers’ player James Spruce raced after the ball and was fortunate to get a touch ahead of the onrushing Turner and was presented with an open goal which he couldn’t miss.

To Rovers’ credit they didn’t dwell on their misfortune and pressed forward and it proved successful as Jack Tyson was brought down in the area just a couple of minutes later. Richard Hanslow didn’t hesitate as he took the ball and smashed it hard past Town’s keeper James Behan.

With 14 minutes remaining Rovers had a golden chance to take the lead but John King who had replaced O’Connell, put the ball over the bar from close in. The play went to the other end with Town substitute Kpbe Hall hitting the base of the far post as they too went looking for a winner,

Hanslow fired a shot wide in the closing minutes and perhaps a point apiece was the fairest result and with Rushden losing Rovers moved off the bottom of the league and with Rugby also beaten they closed the gap to safety.

Match Stats
Shots on Target 2 4
Shots off Target 3 5
Corners 3 11
Fouls Conceded 16 12
Yellow Cards 3 4
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 50 50
Streaming Interview
Coleshill Town
1 James Behan
2 Ben Maginness
3 James Bowen
4 Alex Tomkinson Yellow Card
5 Kane Auld
6 Niall Rowe (c) Yellow Card
7 Ewan Edwards Yellow Card
8 James Spruce Yellow Card
9 Jonathan Letford
10 George Washbourne
11 Elliott Ball
12 Kobe Hall
for 9 - 71 mins
14 Gio Dainty
for 8 - 86 mins
15 Sam Fitzgerald
not used
16 Ryan Snape
for 11 - 57 mins
17 Brett Lloyd
not used
Gresley Rovers
1 Louie Turner
2 Harley Kozluck
3 Josh Egginton
4 James Matthews
5 Marc Strzyzewski
6 John Guy Yellow Card
7 Charlie Knowles
8 Connor Pace
9 Richard Hanslow
10 Jack Tyson (c) Yellow Card
11 Kieran O'Connell
12 Nathan Banton
for 5 - 83 mins
14 Dylan Hunniford
for 4 - 78 mins
15 John King Yellow Card
for 11 - 68 mins
16 Omreiki Myles
not used
Other Match Info

Referee: Haydn Lavender

Attendance: 235

Star Player
Richard Hanslow

Richard Hanslow

Worked hard for his side and scored the penalty