Another single-goal win for Long Eaton

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

NCEL Premier Division

LONG EATON UNITED 1

DINNINGTON TOWN 0

by Ritchie Woods

Long Eaton United gained their second solitary goal victory in consecutive fixtures when they defeated lowly Dinnington Town at Grange Park on Saturday.

And as with the previous weekend’s success at Brighouse Town it was a goal a minute after the interval that provided the win.

From the outset it was evident that the visitors were low on confidence and their youthful starting line-up comprised of a predominant number of University students from Sheffield and Hallam.

Kev Mabon and Harry Lord were both unlucky on a couple of occasions during the first quarter as the telling ball eluded them and Martin Bowles and Paul Gamble both worked particularly hard to create openings.

Nathan Parker had his customary long range effort and Gary Breach got forward as often as the situation would allow but the clear cut opportunities were few and far between during the first 45 minutes.

The main highlights of the opening half came via a cross-cum-shot from Chris Murdock and a ferocious effort from Mabon that produced a terrific save from Declan Holland in the Dinnington goal.

Kelvin Mushambi replaced Lord as the teams emerged for the second-half and United gained the advantage almost immediately as the ever-creative Gamble provided a moment of quality.

An incisive ball from a congested midfield exposed the visitors’ back line and Bowles, who still had work to do, edged out a Dinnington defender to fire a low shot past Holland and put United ahead.

Although other half-chances saw Mabon, Bowles and Mushambi all go close, the second goal that would have given United a little comfort never materialised.

However, throughout the game United’s back line were playing with composure and Micky Allsop, Murdock, Dean Whiley and Paul McGinty were providing a solid back line that dealt effectively with the any Dinnington threat.

Despite holding the advantage, the problem of not finding the killer-punch that would put the game beyond Dinington was highlighted late in the game when Liam Cartledge had a gilt-edged opportunity from close range. Fortuitously for United, the visiting striker inexplicably fired his effort over the bar from close range when a more deft touch may have given his beleaguered side a point.

Long Eaton: Baldwin, Murdock, Allsop, Whiley, McGinty, Parker, Bowles, Breach (Martin 82), Gamble, Mabon (Campbell 88), Lord (Mushambi 45).

United make the trip to in-form Scarborough Athletic next Saturday.