Saturday, 12 February 2011

Gedling MW 3-1 Blackwell MW

Saturday 12th February 2011 - EMCL

Back to Plains Road to see if the "jinx" had really and truly been laid to rest - we had failed to see Gedling MW secure a win until recently, and for the first 45 minutes we though the unthinkable could happen as bottom club Blackwell more than matched high-flying Miners.

Had a look at the new ground development - a new car park is planned at the back of the Welfare, and after our recent struggles with parking this will be a God-send. Plans are also in hand for a new stand on the opposite side of the ground as the club keeps up it's preparations, should elevation to a higher league rear it's head.

Midfield maestro Barry Paine was missing from the Gedling line-up, but the club welcomed back former keeper Lance Walker for a one-off appearance, this due to regular keeper Ross Cherry's illness.

Lance Walker - guest appearance!

A well observe minutes silence was held before the kick off in memory of Greenwood Meadows' matchday Secretary Mr. Colin Woodward who sadly passed away on Thursday.


Both teams respect the memory of Mr. Woodward

The first half was a bit of a turgid affair, with the better chance falling to the away team. After an 11th minute Gedling corner was cleared, the ball was carried the full length of the pitch by Oliver Shelton - but his shot just cleared Walkers far stick. The visitors had another chance to go ahead on 21 when a super ball in from the right fizzed across the goal to the far post where Ricki Saxby just failed to connect. Blackwell's centre-half David Leak looked to have scored after 25 - his header though found only the side-netting. H-T 0-0

Saxby -- almost!!
Leak - almost!

Smashing cup of coffee at the break - large styrofoam cup and very welcome on yet another very cold day.

Gedling were quick out of the traps at the start of the second period, and Matt Peberday made a great solo run which ended with a shot that forced a diving save from Blackwell keeper Adam Jabronksi. It was MATT PEBERDAY who opened the scoring on 51, latching onto a Jamie Brown cross from the left, and finishing at the second time of asking after Jabronski had blocked the initial shot.

JAMIE BROWN doubled the home team's advantage 10 minutes later, firing home from 12 yards after being given too much time and space in the area. Blackwell continued to play some good football and scored the best goal of the game on 74 - RICKI SAXBY firing across Walker from an acute angle.

Great finish from Ricki Saxby
With just a couple of minutes to play, Gedling made the points safe. Another run into the box by the tireless Peberday, who drove the ball across the goal to where SHAUN CLARKE was waiting to prod gleefully home. F-T 3-1

Admission £4
Programme £1
Attendance 86
Next week - Tuesday were head up the M1 to see Pinxton entertain Kimberley Town, and on Wednesday we are back at the Town Ground to see Heanor Town take on Geling Town.

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