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Gresley FC
Marske United
Sat 23 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - East Division Full time Attendance 222

Gresley FC 0-1 Marske United

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This was far from a vintage Marske performance but it was enough to earn three points against a battling Gresley side who never gave up.

Teams:

Gresley: Jeynes, Steele, Branch, Lansdowne, Walker, Edwards, Reittie (Sturgess), Haines,
McKenzie, Deards, Lee
Subs (not used): Moran, McIntosh, Allsop

Marske: Dean, Martin, Round, Butterworth, May, Wheatley, Fairley, Gott, Liddle, Owens,
Blackford
Subs (not used): Waters, Hillerby, O’Sullivan, Carling, Watson

Marske climbed up to 9th in the table after a hard-fought but deserved win against
Gresley, in a game that won’t live long in the memory. With Liam O’Sullivan only fit
enough for a place on the bench, Curtis Round moved to left back with Jack Blackford
coming in to the starting line-up on the left hand side of a front three. Gresley were
almost unrecognisable from the team that were beaten at Mount Pleasant earlier in the
season, with only three players remaining from that game.

On an undulating pitch, it was Marske who played up the slope in the first half as both
teams struggled to make much of an impact in the opening exchanges with Gresley
winning a number of corners but failing to test Robert Dean. The first shot on target
arrived on 11 minutes and it came for Marske. A flighted free kick from Round found
Jamie Owens, who controlled the ball superbly, turned inside a defender but saw his
shot with the outside of his boot comfortably saved by keeper Aidan Jeynes, which is on
loan from Tamworth, who Marske beat in the FA Trophy earlier in the season. Five
minutes later, Marske took the lead and the goal came in freak fashion. Craig Gott
played a ball down the line to James Fairley, who played what looked a poor cross into
the box. However, the ball was completely misjudged by Jeynes, who appeared to think
that the ball was going out of play, which allowed the unmarked Owens the simple task
of heading home from just two yards out at the back post.

The home side’s first sight of goal arrived just after the half-way point of the half when
captain Kane Lee tried his luck from a tight angle, but Dean saved well. On 25 minutes,
Fairley had a fierce shot well blocked by Joseph Haines; two minutes later, the best
move of the match down the left hand side and involving Gott and Round ended with
Blackford creating space for himself but firing over the bar. Much of the game was being
played in the Gresley half – on 38 minutes, a slaloming run from Gott saw the midfielder
beat 4 men but his shot was easily saved by Jeynes. A minute later, it was Gott again
who saw his curling shot well saved after a Fairley cross found Blackford, who pulled the
ball back to Gott. Blackford was at the heart of much of the action and should have
scored on 43 minutes when he showed great close control to beat three men but the
shot didn’t match the build up play and went over the bar.

Half time: Gresley 0-1 Marske

The second half started with Marske on the front foot. Gott played a lovely ball to
Fairley who crossed to the back post to Blackford who scuffed his shot into the ground,
allowing Jeynes to save with ease. Gresley countered with Connor Deards firing just
wide after Blackford trod on the ball, allowing the home side to attack. On 65 minutes,
Marske had a big penalty appeal turned away by referee Dean Steatham when Gott
appeared to be fouled following a sublime through ball from Glen Butterworth. It should
have been 2-0 on 68 minutes when a quick Round throw to Butterworth saw the midfield
maestro show great skill to get in-between two payers and play the ball to the unmarked
Liddle, 15 yards out, who sliced his shot well wide with only Jeynes to beat. On 73
minutes, Fairley and Owens combined with a shot from the latter from 20 yards easily
saved by Jeynes. Just moments later, it was Owens vs Jeynes again but the keeper came
out on top once again, saving comfortably. Marske were clearly in the ascendancy but
were unable to find their second goal. A good spell of pressure ended with a Gott shot
being deflected for a corner, which was taken deep by Round and headed just over by
Andrew May. It was all Marske at this stage with Liddle rounding the keeper but his shot
was cleared off the line by Cameron Steele; seconds later Butterworth tried his luck
from distance and saw his shot spilled by Jeynes but referee Steatham gave a cheap foul
as Haines cleared the ball. In a rare foray forward Deards fired high over the bar before
Marske came within inches of doubling their lead, when Blackford pulled the ball back to
Owens who saw his shot from 8 yards crash off the bar and to safety. The only caution of
the day arrive on 82 minutes when Liddle was booked for a foul on Deards, though it
looked harsh with both players having their feet raised. As the game approached the
final minute Fairley fired well wide from the edge of the box and, in injury time, Owens
shot just over from 20 yards but was caught by Harry Walker, with the referee awarding
a free kick for the foul. In a rare moment, normal free kick taker Gott deferred to
Fairley, who fired a poor free kick straight into the wall.

Full time: Gresley 0-1 Marske

This was far from a vintage Marske performance but it was enough to earn 3 points
against a battling Gresley side who never gave up. The Marske back four had an
excellent game with a first clean sheet since February 2 nd , with a special mention for
Curtis Round, playing in an unfamiliar position. Further forward, Jack Blackford had an
excellent first half but the Supporters’ Club Man of the Match went to captain Adam
Wheatley, who had his work cut out dealing with the physical McKenzie.

Team selection

Dean, Robert Dean, Robert
Martin, Callum Martin, Callum
Round, Curtis Round, Curtis
Fairley, James Fairley, James
May, Andrew May, Andrew
Wheatley (C), Adam Wheatley (C), Adam
Gott, Craig Gott, Craig
Butterworth, Glen Butterworth, Glen
Backford, Jack Backford, Jack
Liddle, Chay Liddle, Chay
Owens, Jamie Owens, Jamie

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