Saturday, February 12, 2011
NCEL Premier Division
LONG EATON UNITED 0
by Ritchie Woods
LONG EATON slumped to their second home defeat in five days as their run without a win continued.
It was evident from early in the game that Thackley were a well organised side, who each understood their roles and responsibilities.
United, on the other hand, found it hard to produce the incisive football that would provide a much-needed spark.
Shaun Rickford and Josh Williams battled gamely during the early stages but the visiting back line seemed to have both the edge and the time to cope with any potential danger.
In midfield, Gary Breach, Martin Bowles and Nathan Parker were all kept too busy breaking down the visiting threat to create openings for their own forwards and Adam Campbell and Kelvin Mushambi each had a quiet first-half in United’s five-man midfield.
Thackley’s opener came following a corner on 17 minutes. Having cleared the original cross the ball came back again and leading scorer Matthew Mathers had the simplest of headers to put his team ahead.
United’s confidence dropped visibly and although they tried to rally, a defensive howler resulted in Matt Mathews breaking clear and slotting the ball past a despairing Simon Baldwin on 30 minutes to give Thackley a two-goal advantage.
Long Eaton were not creating clear opportunities and surrendering two poor goals, from a defensive point of view, gave them a mountain to climb for the remainder of the contest.
New signing Ben Bacon was introduced at the start of the second-half and he worked hard to impress, showing early signs that he may be able to provide something if he stays at Grange Park.
The second-half fizzled out, with little in the way of clear cut chances for United and for the most-part Thackley seemed content with the status quo.
A particular disappointment for United has been the fact that they have only been able to gather three points from a run of five recent home games since mid-January, seeing them drop down to 15th place in the Northern Counties Premier Division.
United are without a game next weekend and do not play again until they travel to Brighouse Town in a fortnight’s time.
Long Eaton: Baldwin (Webb 83), Murdock, Martin, Whiley, Breach, Parker, Bowles, Mushambi (Lord 66), Campbell, Rickford, Williams (Bacon 45).
l Last week the Advertiser reported United had won 4-3 against Armthorpe Welfare on Tuesday, when in fact they had lost 3-0.
This was down to a technical error resulting in the wrong report being sent to us, and we apologise for any confusion (though at least it made better reading! - sports ed)