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Match Report  |  Gresley Rovers vs Lye Town

Gresley Rovers  1
Tyson (pen) 67
Lye Town  0

Northern Premier League Midlands

The Moat Ground

Saturday, 6th April 2024, 3.00pm

Match Sponsor: Brilliant Hygiene Services

Three Vital Points For Rovers

Rovers ended their home games with a gutsy victory over high flying Lye Town. The Flyers are in with an outside chance of getting into the league playoffs, so a tough game was to be expected.

The home side welcomed both Martin Smyth and John Guy back into the squad with the latter taking a place on the bench.

Lye made the best start and Rovers were having to resist the pressure but with just 4 minutes on the clock Ben Billingham fired a shot just over the bar. Rovers began to steady the ship and went close themselves with Connor Pace’s well struck free kick bringing out a good save from Ben Newey.

Pace caused more Lye hearts to flutter as he cleverly turned his marker before hitting a low shot that whistled past the far post. The wind was creating problems for both sides and the game became a little scrappy as the first half came to a close with miss placed passes and clearances coming back from where they started. However, Richard Hanslow had one more effort saved by Newey.

The second half started in similar fashion as the first with Lye pressing hard from the whistle forcing two corners in quick succession.

Rovers made the first change on 57 minutes with Jenson Cooper replacing the hardworking Hanslow and 10 minutes later they were in front. The busy Dylan Hunniford made a run down the left and cut into the area where Billingham brought him down from behind giving referee Alex Rolfe no choice but to point to the spot. Jack Tyson took responsibility of taking the pressure kick and made no mistake blasting the ball past Newey.

Lye responded with substitute Sam Tye inches away from levelling the scores but is shot scorched the outside of the far post. Cooper went close to doubling Rovers’ advantage as he ran onto a ball over the top of the visiting defence but Newey was quick to respond racing off his line to claim the ball just in front of the striker who was poised to fire home.

The whistle ended the game and Rovers had claimed a vital three points in their relegation three-way tussle with Rugby and Rushden and saw they climb just above the other two side with Rugby now occupying the bottom slot. Have Lye’s play-off hopes been dashed? It remains to be seen as the scramble for those places at the other end of the table being just as intense.

Match Stats
Shots on Target 3 2
Shots off Target 2 2
Corners 3 5
Fouls Conceded 12 14
Yellow Cards 4 2
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 53 47
Gresley Rovers
1 Louie Turner Yellow Card
2 Josh Egginton
3 Nathan Banton Yellow Card
4 Dylan Hunniford Yellow Card
5 Marc Strzyzewski Yellow Card
6 Martin Smyth
7 Charlie Knowles
8 Connor Pace
9 Richard Hanslow
10 Jack Tyson (c)
11 John King
12 Ben Price
not used
14 Ethan Goodfellow
not used
15 Jenson Cooper
for 9 - 57 mins
16 John Guy
not used
Lye Town
1 Ben Newey
2 Demico Burton
3 Brett Lloyd
4 Paul Ibhadon
5 Sam Hall Yellow Card
6 Ryan Bridgewater Yellow Card
7 Nathan Kabeya
8 Cain Smith
9 Star Mayemba
10 Ben Billingham (c)
11 Joe Palmer
12 Sam Tye
for for 2 - 21mins
14 Matt Funge
for 9 - 75 mins
15 Dan Brookes
not used
16 Maxwell Ngbeken
not used
17 Adam Meacham
not used
Other Match Info

Referee: Alex Rolfe

Attendance: 400

Star Player
Jack Tyson

Jack Tyson

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