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Match Report  |  Gresley Rovers vs Sutton Coldfield Town

Gresley Rovers  0
Sutton Coldfield Town  1
Edmunds 65

Northern Premier League Midlands

The Moat Ground

Saturday, 23rd March 2024, 3.00pm

Match Sponsor: Gareth Fearn

Rovers Left To Rue Early Misses

There was nothing between the two sides for the whole game except for one exceptional moment in the second half when The Royals managed to take a slender lead.

Playing with a stiff breeze which didn’t do either side any favours it was Rovers who had the chances in the first half with both Richard Hanslow and Kieran O’Connell going close but as been seen regularly the luck isn’t with the home side.

A good move in the area saw O’Connell force himself into a good position before sliding the ball through to Hanslow who managed to poke the ball goalwards bringing out a fine diving save low to his right from Lewis Landers. Minutes later another half chance for Rovers saw O’Connell head a good cross from the right over the bar.

The rest of the first half saw both sides cancel each other out aided by the wind with no chances of note to report.

The Royals made a change for the start of the second half with Kyle Burn replacing Charlie Dowd but it was still the home side shading the possession. On 53 minutes Rovers were awarded a freekick 22 yards out. Connor Pace took the kick which was inches over the bar with Landers beaten.

On the hour mark the game became tetchy with yellow cards being show to both sides. More changes for the visitors five minutes later with one of them having a huge impact on the outcome of the match.

Sutton were awarded a freekick 25 yards out and Ryan Edmunds, who had replaced former Moatman James Tague seconds earlier took the kick with his first touch finding the inside of Turner’s right and left post before hitting the back of the net. It was Sutton’s first and only shot on target.

To Rovers’ credit they hit back almost immediately with Hanslow firing a low shot just wide of the far post. Rovers continued to press for a share of the points their play had deserved but still that final ball eluded them.

Rovers had one last chance to rescue a point when on 83 minutes corner from the left was headed straight into the arms of Landers.

With games now running out Rovers need points and they have another chance for a positive result on Tuesday when Sporting Khalsa are their visitors.

Match Stats
Shots on Target 3 1
Shots off Target 3 5
Corners 4 3
Fouls Conceded 5 11
Yellow Cards 4 5
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 55 45
Streaming Interview
Gresley Rovers
1 Louie Turner
2 Harley Kozluck Yellow Card
3 Josh Egginton Yellow Card
4 Jack Tyson Yellow Card
5 Marc Strzyzewski Yellow Card
6 John Guy
7 Charlie Knowles
8 Connor Pace
9 Richard Hanslow
10 Kieran O'Connell
11 Nathan Banton
12 Dylan Hunniford
for 8 - 87 mins
14 Martin Smyth
for 11 - 73 mins
15 Omreiki Myles
not used
16 Jonathan Dawkins
not used
17 Jenson Cooper
not used
Sutton Coldfield Town
1 Lewis Landers
2 Aris Christophorous
3 Taylor Carter-Byrne Yellow Card
4 Pedro Lima Yellow Card
5 James Beresford (c)
6 Frazer Doyle Yellow Card
7 Tom Hurley
8 Cameron Collins Yellow Card
9 James Tague
10 Charlie Dowd
11 Reece Gibson
12 Alex McSkeane
for 7 - 65 mins
14 Remmie Birch
not used
15 Kyle Byrne
for 10 - 46 mins
16 Ryan Edmunds Yellow Card
for 9 - 65 mins
Other Match Info

Referee: Wayne Gray

Attendance: 364

Star Player
Marc Strzyzewski

Marc Strzyzewski

Chosen by match sponsors Gareth Fearn