United are dumped out of FA Vase

Long Eaton 0 Coleshill Town 2

Long Eaton’s FA Vase adventure ended on Saturday as they fell to a home defeat against Coleshill Town who needed extra-time to progress to the third round.

The Warwickshire-based visitors would have been wary of the Blues who picked up three points away from home the previous week, although their home form has been somewhat sporadic.

Long Eaton began brightly, Ross Parker almost heading home a cross early on.

Coleshill soon got going however and began to dominate the possession stats as the Long Eaton defence struggled to cope with the attacking formation and high line being played by the visitors.

At the half hour mark, Chris Lloyd pounced on a lobbed ball and was wheeling away in celebration only to be denied by a leaping save from Long Eaton’s Tom Gutteridge.

The Blues number one was to be the hero again just on the stroke of half-time - pulling off a point blank save from a volley as Long Eaton’s defence faltered.

The second-half brought no real change to proceedings. Minutes in, Michael Armstrong cleared the ball from his own goal line and the deadlock seemed sure to be broken moments later as a scrambled ball in the area somehow stayed just the right side of the whitewash.

Gutteridge kept Long Eaton in it again as he denied Matthew Brown, and extra-time beckoned as Gutteridge, by far the best Long Eaton player on the day, completed his hat-trick of mesmerising saves denying the frustrated Coleshill attackers.

As the referee’s lips were just poised for the full-time whistle Matt Baxter then hit the post for Coleshill.

Extra-time added some drama to the one-sided affair but any hopes in the Big Jim Stand of a possible late win were dashed as Chris Gummery headed home a cross from the right five minutes in.

The visitors made sure of their progression with Brown finishing emphatically past the despairing Gutteridge with five minutes to go.

United manager Charlie Palmer was frustrated at his team and said changes have to be made as they travel to West Yorkshire twice to face league high-flyers Thackley on Wednesday (20th) and Nostell Miners Welfare on Saturday.

Report by Adam Slater