Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Gedling MW 0-2 Greenwood Meadows

Tuesday 2nd November 2010 -- EMCL

Oh dear! The "On The Road" Gedling MW jinx strikes again! Seldom do we go to Plains Road and see Welfare win, but we thought we had a good chance of ending the jinx - after all only Heanor had got the better of them so far this season. Greenwood have had a poor start to the season, but they seem to be turning it around now, this victory means they have now won five of their last six games.

Driving rain and a sharp wind meant this was neve going to be a classic, but it wasn't half bad - credit must go to the players of both teams for their endeavours.......

Greenwood played with the wind in the first half, and with Welfare keeper Ross Cherry struggling to clear the half way line with his clearances, the visitors took early control and Craig Meakin was unlucky to see his powerful drive from 18 yards smack the bar in just the 3rd minute.

Greenwood deservedly went ahead in the 10th minute - a ball cleared out of the box fell kindly to left-back ASHLEY HARRISON who hit a rocket from 22 yards that was past Cherry before the stopper could react. The ball was struck so hard that it bust the net! H-T 0-1

Went into the clubhouse at half-time and was invited for a complimentary cuppa - we are always treated superbly when we visit Plains Road. Thanks to everyone at Gedling MW for looking after us - jinx or not........

The second half should have seen Gedling in non-stop attack mode, but it seemed that they were quite content to keep playing with just Ben Greenhalgh up top on his own, and this didn't work at all. The striker was kept quiet throughout the game by our man of the match Romaine Graham - the big lanky no. 5, along with Leighton Pollard and Liam Hutchinson were immense at the back for Meadows.

Welfare's skipper Cory Nightingale did have a 40 yarder well saved by Scott Miles, but CRAIG MEAKIN put the icing on the cake for Greenwood when he scored a breakaway goal on 89 - the left winger keeping his cool before slotting past Cherry. F-T 0-2

Not many notes taken, hence the short report. A quick mention for Referee Mr. C. Hunter - another of the young breed of officials - he handled this match very well and didn't get much wrong.

Admission £4
Programme £1 - not the usual excellent publication, but adequate
Attendance 65
Hospitality - 1st class
Company - excellent
MOM - Romaine Graham
On the whole a good night out, despite the dreadful conditions.
Thursday - Clippo U19 v Ollerton U19

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