Watkiss strikes late in the day to seal three points for United on the road

Nostell MW 0

Long Eaton United 1

Long Eaton’s second trip to West Yorkshire in less than a week proved more fruitful than their first as they overcame Nostell Miners Welfare on Saturday.

Having lost 5-2 at Thackley four days earlier (details below) Nostell were the next targets and Long Eaton would have looked at their opponents’ lack of wins for inspiration.

On the other hand Long Eaton where hardly in tip top form themselves so an interesting match was on show.

The first-half was an even contest with no side asserting any dominance over the other; chances for Shaun Rickford and Matt Savage were few and far between.

After the break, Long Eaton pushed and had Nostell on the back foot when a great ball released United’s Rickford, Ben Seymor pulled off a stunning save to keep the score level.

Finally, in the 75th minute and after countless efforts on the Nostell goal, Ben Watkiss fired the visitors into the lead.

That was to be the only goal of the game handing Long Eaton three points.

At Thackley last Tuesday, Long Eaton started the brightest, illustrating the brand of football manager Charlie Palmer would like to see, with Rickford heading home a Savage cross 20 minutes in.

Equality was restored ten minutes later after Matt Morgan curled in a free-kick for the hosts.

Minutes later Thackley had a lead, another goal resulting from a Morgan free-kick, this time James Firth finishing from the ball launched in.

Long Eaton would have been disheartened going into the tunnel the losing side having played the better football.

The second-half was a different story; Thackley playing the football expected and bulldozing Long Eaton’s dreams.

Just before the hour Mike Garrod slotted home a cool finish and he doubled his tally for the home side moments later. It was to be five when Matty Hall’s shot was deflected in, before Watkiss hit a late consolation for United.

Long Eaton hosted Glasshoughton Welfare last night (Wednesday) after the Advertiser went to press, while Worksop Parramore will visit on Saturday.

Report by Adam Slater