Saturday, March 12, 2011
NCEL Premier Division
SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC 0
LONG EATON UNITED 1
by Ritchie Woods
Long Eaton United’s resilient revival continued when they achieved their third consecutive 1-0 victory against Scarborough Athletic in Bridlington on Saturday.
It was an admirable performance by a United side that had only two travelling substitutes, one of which was 41-year-old player coach Craig Weston.
The first 30 minutes of the game was littered with stoppages and the home side were awarded a high proportion of the free-kicks that were conceded.
For the most part, United were on the back foot but defensively they were showing signs of being more than capable of coping with any threat that Scarborough were posing.
However, clear cut opportunities for United were proving hard to come by.
But the breakthrough came after 35 minutes and it was United who stole the advantage.
Kev Mabon was brought down during a rare soirée into the Scarborough half and a free-kick in a dangerous area gave United a clear opportunity.
The influential Paul Gamble lined up his chance and coolly struck a 25-yard kick out of the range of Tom Woodhead in the home goal.
United’s ‘keeper Simon Baldwin demonstrated his alertness on a couple of occasions before the break as the first-half concluded with Scarborough still trailing.
The second-half opened with United in much more assertive vein and it was evident that there was a growing confidence in their ability to nullify the threat of the home side, who had only failed to score in one of their previous 15 home games.
United’s cause was aided when Blott was dismissed early in the second period after a second bookable offence.
As usual Mabon gave his all, and his guile and hard work almost brought reward but following injury, he was replaced by Adam Campbell with 20 minutes remaining.
The newcomer’s pace caused some problems for the home side as they went in search of an equaliser and he did produce one effort that was pulled wide.
A rare Kelvin Mushambi header went close to increasing the lead and a vicious strike from distance by Gary Breach tested Woodhead, just as the home support began to drift away in the final ten minutes or so.
In the closing moments, Breach again found space to create an opening but his angled shot was fired too close to the ‘keeper.
United had produced another gritty performance that fully deserved all three points, which had initially been made more difficult than it should have with the limited options available to manager Glyn Stacey.
Following a League Cup tie at Hall Road Rangers on Wednesday night (16th) United host Parkgate this Saturday at 3pm.
Long Eaton: Baldwin, Murdock, Martin, Whiley, McGinty, Parker, Bowles, Breach, Gamble, Mabon (Campbell 70), Mushambi.