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MATCH REPORT: Southwell City FC 3 – 1 Gedling Miners Welfare FC

Gedling remain only three points clear of drop zone after Southwell loss

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UCL Divison 1

March 8, 2023

Gedling’s poor form continues in snowy Southwell.  

The miners were looking to bounce back after a disappointing display against Harrowby but got off to the worse possible start as Aaron Ferenc slammed an effort past Louis Richardson from 20 yards out after only 4 minutes.  

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Gedling reacted well and after 11 minutes they were back on level terms, Greg Tempest’s free kick from 20 yards hit the wall and wrongfooted the keeper who was rooted and Tempest scored his 1st goal since returning to the club from Belper Town.  

Gedling began to turn the screw and on 21 minutes they should have gone in front, Niall Hylton and Tempest combined well before Tempest slipped in Courtney Hastings who only had the keeper to beat but the Gedling forward hit his effort down the throat of the city shot stopper.  

On 37 minutes Gedling came close again, Ross McCaughey did well to win the ball back in the middle and he hit a thunderbolt from 30 yards that crashed the crossbar.  

Southwell, who had won their previous 2 games nearly bit the front just before the break. Ferenc hit an effort from 16 yards that looked to be finding the bottom corner, but Richardson did brilliantly to get down and tip the ball round the post and the sides went in level after a competitive half. 

City came out the 2nd half much stronger and on 56 minutes they were rewarded as top scorer Liam Moran headed a cross past Richardson from 3 yards for his 17th of the season.  

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Just 2 minutes later Moran had his 18th and his sides 3rd on the night as he capitalised on a miskick from Richardson by beating his man and slamming the ball into the left-hand corner from 8 yards to give the hosts a 3-1 lead.  

Gedling failed to really test the hosts keeper in a lacklustre 2nd half and in the 5th minute of injury time they were reduced to 10 men, Josh Stevenson saw red for a challenge on the keeper, but it looked an extremely harsh decision considering some challenges the ref let go but Gedling remain 3 points above the drop.  

Gedling Team- Louis Richardson, Josh Stevenson, Adrain Hawes (Gian Ciaurro 83’), Kieran Harrison, Josh Thornton (C), Ross McCaughey, Jack Jepson (Steven Brett 89’), Greg Tempest (Paolo Piliero 71’), Courtney Hastings (Fenn Davies 77’), Ruben Wiggins-Thomas, Niall Hylton  

Cautions- Hylton (70’), Thornton (84’), Brett (90’) 

Dismissals- Stevenson (90+5’) 

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