Pickering’s pockets are picked in United victory

Long Eaton returned to winning ways with an impressive 4-2 victory in North Yorkshire over Pickering Town on Saturday.

Having lost 3-2 to local rivals Heanor Town the previous week, United bounced back in style despite going a goal down early on.

Long Eaton started with the sun in their faces on a well groomed pitch which features a slope from wing to wing.

To begin with United struggled to find their shape and Steve Baxter was finding room and attacking Adam Holmes with some success down the right, while Shay Wiggins was frequently offside at the other end.

The first goal came after six minutes down the right with Baxter cutting inside on the corner of the 18-yard box and perfectly curling a shot to the far post giving Scott Miles in goal no chance.

Shaun Rickford headed wide from a corner but the equaliser came on 32 minutes when Matt Savage skipped past Reid and pulled the ball back to Wiggins whose side-footed shot was accurate and deadly.

As it seemed half-time would arrive with a 1-1 scoreline, Savage again went past the full-back and somehow put in a great cross and Jacob Webster, with a late run past two defenders, powered a header into the net.

The second-half carried on in the same vein with both teams creating chances, Pickering firing wide on two occasions when in good positions, but the Blues still looked dangerous with Simon Sturdy having to make a late tackle to deny Wiggins.

And it was on 63 minutes when United were to take the lead as Michael Armstrong’s corner was met by man-of-the-match Webster with his second headed goal of the game.

The arrears were reduced on 77 minutes when Liam Salt, who had missed a one-on-one opportunity moments before, was left with a simple tap in to set up an exciting last 15.

On 87 minutes the Blues wrapped the game up. A cross into the box fell loose and Blaine Hancock bravely attacked and received a kick in the face and the referee, with no hesitation, gave a penalty.

Armstrong left the keeper no chance from the spot.

There was one last effort by Pickering’s Fenwick but Miles saved comfortably.

United: Miles, Littlewood, Holmes, Armstrong, Thurman, Webster, Mushambi (Hancock 66), Savage, Wiggins (Chambers 79), Rickford, Gordon (Martin 79).

Long Eaton United’s Tuesday night visit to Brighouse Town ended in a 3-0 win for the home side.