Uhlsport United Counties League (Division 1) – January 13
The Miners were desperate to get back to winning ways having not tasted victory in the league since November and faced Selston who Gedling had already beaten twice this season.
However the visitors started much the better team on this occasion and on 9 minutes they should have taken the lead as a free kick landed on the head of the unmarked Jordan Black who headed wide of Josh Mitchell’s left post.
Gedling really were struggling in a poor first half and on 24 minutes they were behind, a simple move cut the hosts open down the left and a cross was tapped in by Black to give the visitors a deserved lead.
On 39 minutes Selston doubled their lead as again they caught Gedling napping and Jacob Barras got in behind and slotted past Mitchell from 16 yards out.
Immediately after this Gedling made a double change which saw Muta Eisa and Daniel Momah come on to look to change things and on 42 minutes the hosts pulled one back, Zac Hill fired a volley into the area and it fell to Josh Lawe who beat the keeper and put it in from 6 yards out to give Gedling some hope.
On 45 minutes the game turned as Selston were reduced to 10 men, Sean Gregory who was already on a yellow card flew into Ross McCaughey right in front of a furious Gedling bench and Gregory was shown a second yellow but in all truth he was lucky not to see a straight red. This turned the game as Gedling began the second half on the front foot and on 48 minutes they created their first chance of the half as Eisa cut inside of his man and his effort was well saved by the visitors keeper. Gedling were really turning the screw and on 58 minutes they were back on level terms as Gian Ciaurro controlled a long ball and set it to Charlie Roberts and his cross found McCaughey who hit a right footed effort inside the near post for his 2 nd of the season.
However despite dominating the early stages of the second half on the hour mark they almost fell behind again as a loose ball was smashed towards goal by George Layton but Mitchell did superbly to fly across his goal and tip the ball away to safety.
This proved vital as on 68 minutes the miners led for the first time, Ciaurro caused havoc for the visitors defence and he won back possession and slipped in Hill who smashed the ball into the net from 16 yards for his 5th of the season and to complete a brilliant comeback.
But on 88 minutes the visitors almost drew level as a corner was pinballing around and a goal bound effort was cleared off the line by Jack Vipond and the hosts cleared and held on for a much needed victory.
Gedling MOM: Ross McCaughey
Gedling Team: Josh Mitchell, Charlie Roberts (Jack Vipond 74’), Solomon Godwin
(Daniel Momah 39’), Ross McCaughey (Adrian Hawes 85’), Steven
Brett, Connor Butler (Muat Eisa 39’) Josh Thornton ©, Kieran Harrison,
Josh Lawe (Felix Hogg 74’), Gian Ciaurro, Zac Hill.
Next Game: Leicester St Andrews (A) 16/01/23 19:45 kick off.