Tuesday 28th February 2012
Coleshill Town 0 v 2 Gresley
Scorers: Dean Oliver 62 pen, 70.
Red Card: Greg Dickie.
Team: Chris Jay, Chris Charles, Anton Astley, Liam Mansall, Greg Dickie, Steve Hakner, Allando Davis (Scott Goodby), Barry Fitzharris, Richard Gregory, Danny Carter (Nathan McBean), Sam Wilson (c). Subs not used Craig Gaisiewsk, Tom Goodwin, Rob Seal.
COLESHILL HERALD WROTE
Lady luck fails to shine on Coleshill as they lose twice
CARL Adams' Coleshill side slipped to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of title-chasing Gresley on Tuesday night, despite a positive performance.
The visitors started brightly and were denied from taking an early lead as Coleshill keeper Chris Jay pulled off a superb save to push James Jepson's thunderous volley onto his crossbar.
Gresley had plenty of the ball in the first half, but Coleshill were their match, looking a threat throughout.
Coleshill carved out the first chance just a few minutes into the second half when Danny Carter managed to get into a good position at the near post, but Gresley keeper Gary Hateley saved.
Gresley began to take control of the game when Coleshill were reduced to ten men on 57 minutes when central defender Greg Dickie received a second yellow card.
Gresley took the lead on 63 minutes. Jepson made a good run into the area, only to be hacked down by Anton Astley, leading to a penalty.
Dean Oliver took the kick and beat Jay with a low shot, despite the keeper choosing the right way to dive.
Seven minutes later, Oliver sealed three points for the visitors, slotting past Jay after excellent work from Rob Spencer.
From the Coleshill Town Programme
A great night at Packmeadow and nice to see over one hundred people in the ground. Gresley draped the ground with flags and banners to make the ground feel like a proper football ground. The game was a very even affair with Gresley probably just showing slightly more flare than a Coleshill side that worked extremely hard. Gresley had a good early chance that Chris Jays did well to push over the cross bar but after that the first half saw the both teams cancel each other out. Coleshill should of taken the lead in the second half, firtly Richard Gregory had what seemed a very good goal scrubbed out apparantly for offside, then Danny Carter had a very good shot saved by Gary Hately in the Gresley goal. The game turned when Greg Dickie recieved his second yellow card. Gresley were soon applying pressure and got their reward when Anton Astley conceded a penalty which Dean Oliver duly dispatched. Coleshill continued to work hard and were very much still in the game but eventually the extra man showed and Gresley scored a second again through Dean Oliver.
Match Report Taken From Gresley Website
Oliver Double Seals The Win For Gresley
Gresley manager made just one change to Saturday's starting line-up with Richard Hanslow swapping places with Royce Turville. James Jepson, who had been a doubt before the game managed to complete a full ninety minutes and Mickey Lyons had recovered from his dead-leg to take a place on the bench.
The visitors started brightly and were denied from taking an early lead by Town's keeper Chris Jay who pulled off a superb save to push Jepson's thunderous volley onto his crossbar.
Gresley were having the better of the game but could not find the breakthrough. Town were always a threat on a quick break so the visiting backline had to be fully aware of the possible danger.
A very bobbly surface was playing havoc with the passing of both sides and the nearest either side got to scoring after Jepson's effort came very late in the first half with two chances for Gresley. A corner from the right found Michael Nottingham but he could only put his header over the bar and then Dean Oliver striking a low shot that Jay held at the base of the upright.
Despite Gresley having the better of the first half it was the home side who carved out the first chance just a few minutes into the second when Danny Carter managed to get into a good position at the near post but Gresley keeper Gary Hateley did very well to block the shot.
Scare over, Gresley began to again take control of the game and the plight of Coleshill was not helped by them going down to ten men on 57 minutes when central defender Greg Dickie received a second yellow from referee Mr Light for a foul on Oliver. The resultant free kick was taken by Marc Goodfellow whose goal bound shot produced another top drawer save from Jay as he tipped the ball over the bar.
Gresley took the lead on 63 minutes. Jepson made a good run into the area only to be hacked down by Anton Astley giving the referee no option but to point to the spot. Oliver took the kick and beat the keeper with a low shot despite Jay choosing the right way to dive.
Seven minutes later Oliver doubled Gresley's advantage. Rob Spencer's persistence enabled him to push the ball to Oliver who, after taking a step sideways, hammered the ball into the net.
It was no more than Gresley deserved; indeed they went close to adding to their score just minutes later. A good one-two between Jamie Barrett and Spencer saw the former hitting a shot from just inside the area that was well parried by Jay.
On 79 minutes there was a moment of controversy due to poor refereeing. Substitute Turville raced forward and as he strode into the area with only the keeper to beat was pushed in the back by a defender causing the striker to tumble forward but amazingly Mr Light either didn't see it or chose to ignore what was the clearest penalty anyone could see on a football field much to the anger of players, management and supporters alike.
Turville almost got his revenge after again beating the backline. This time the defenders thought the better of laying a hand on him but his shot after beating the diving Jay flew just past the far post.
Gresley's hard earned win saw them stretch their unbeaten league run to eighteen games stretching back to early October as they closed the gap on the leading pair of Coventry Sphinx and Westfields who both have yet to visit the Moat Ground.
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