Long Eaton’s encouraging league form continued on Saturday with a 3-2 win in West Yorkshire over struggling Nostell Miners Welfare.
United’s hosts had been experiencing a poor run since the season opened while United were amidst one of their best sequences in recent seasons.
Despite their lowly status in the Premier Division, the home side began the game in determined fashion and took the game to United from the opening with a direct style that unsettled their visitors.
Subsequently, Nostell were rewarded with the lead as early as the sixth minute when United surrendered possession cheaply. Breaking quickly, the ball was fed to Ashley Brooke and he launched a spectacular volley that gave ‘keeper Scott Miles little chance of keeping out.
United gained parity after 17 minutes with an element of fortune when a Nostell defender was adjudged to have handled following a cross from Blaine Hancock. The spot-kick awarded resulted in Michael Armstrong levelling the game, following up to score after his initial penalty was saved by the home ‘keeper.
Unperturbed, the home side continued in the same vein in which they opened the game and within 60 seconds they again held the advantage after United found themselves defending too deeply, enabling the unmarked Nash Connolly to curl a shot from 20 yards and evade the outstretched arm of Miles.
United were able to level for the second time shortly after the half-hour mark after a cross from Kial Thurman found Matt Savage on the far post and the United man gleefully accepted the opportunity from close range.
The equaliser brought some composure to United’s game and they closed the half with Danny Gordon flashing a shot across the face of the Nostell goal.
The second-half provided a more organised approach and only five minutes in United took the lead for the first time.
Following a corner, Danny Chambers attacked the right-wing cross and produced a header that found its way into the net through a crowded area.
Savage and Wiggins both had half-chances to increase the lead shortly afterwards and Hancock’s late effort was saved by the keeper’s legs as United’s re-shaped line-up finally appeared to eliminate the home threat with greater composure.
The victory was United’s fifth in succession 11th unbeaten game is the best they have experienced for over ten seasons.
United: Miles, Littlewood, Chambers (Jarvis 55), Armstrong, Thurman, Webster, Hancock, Gordon, Mushambi, Wiggins (Rickford 65), Savage (King 65)
This Saturday United entertain local rivals Heanor Town in their first derby game of the campaign.