Long Eaton United FC

Long Eaton United FC

Updated 18th August: A round up of the latest Blues news from the past month...

Rugby Town 1-1 Long Eaton United – Tuesday 15th August
Midland Football League Premier Division
Having started their Midland Football League Premier Division season against Heath Hayes on Saturday, Long Eaton United were very quickly back in action – another fixture set for the following Tuesday as the Blues braved the M1 motorway and all that it could throw at them in order to pay a visit to Rugby Town.

By the half time whistle, the scoreline was goal-less at Butlin Road with very few chances for either side to take the lead.  Long Eaton United did take the lead in the second half, with around 10 minutes played, Tom Gamblen’s crisp low strike finding its way in past the goalkeeper from the edge of the area.

Whether the Blues eleven were still celebrating two minutes later may never be known, but either way, that was all it took for Rugby to equalise, as David Kolodynski netted from a well-directed cross.

The hosts applied some pressure after drawing level but weren’t able to find a way through, but then again, neither were Long Eaton United in reply – those two goals two minutes apart in the second half, contrasted by the lack of a real cutting edge by either side in the rest of the game.

Long Eaton United 2-1 Stourport Swifts – Saturday 12th August
Midland Football League Premier Division
It is admittedly early days for Steve Welsh as he settles in and gains a better understanding of his Long Eaton United side recently taken on, but nevertheless, the Blues were not able to begin their Midland Football League Premier Division season with a win on Saturday as they welcomed West Midlands side Stourport Swifts to Grange Park.

By the half time break, the Swifts were in the lead as sub Jack Bailey opened the scoring three before the break.  Although the ever present Shaun Rickford did get a goal for the Blues, the match was decided ten minutes from time when another substitution found the net for the visitors – Nick MacPherson scoring Stourport’s second.

This was by all accounts an even contest, the only difference being that the scoreline wasn’t even, which would have provided some consolation if a point had been banked in this early season game, but a reflection of perhaps how lucky Stourport might have been to take the win was shown on their Twitter feed – a club spokesperson describing a ‘hard, gritty performance’ from players who ‘battled ‘til the end’.

Bottesford Town 6-0 Long Eaton United – Saturday 5th August
FA Cup
Long Eaton United were unable to start their Midland Football League Premier Division campaign at the weekend as the early rounds of the FA Cup took precedence as far as fixture are concerned.

The Blues, now managed by Steve Welsh, visited Scunthorpe on Saturday to take on Bottesford Town as the new team boss got a first opportunity to see how his side have gelled during pre-season.

However, it became very quickly evident that Bottesford were not a team that the Blues would be able to match as they quickly fell to a 3-0 deficit.

Goal number 1 came around the quarter hour mark when Dec Bacon scored his first of the game and he made sure of a quick brace within the space of five minutes. Dan Boulton made it 3-0 in the final quarter of an hour with about seven minutes to go before the break to set an ominous scoreline for the Long Eaton United players and officials to contemplate.

The Blues weathered the storm the opening ten minutes of the second half, but then conceded a fourth as Boulton made a fight of who would claim a hat-trick first.   But four became five with fifteen minutes to go when Mike Thompson fed John Leonard, but when Leonard scored his second to join the brace party on the stroke of half time, Long Eaton United had been hit for six and were sent back to the borough to lick their wounds.

On their Twitter feed, a Blues spokesperson put the “tough afternoon” down to having an “inexperienced side”, the same spokesperson congratulatory to their hosts and wishing them well in the next round.

Saturday 21st July 2017
Stewart Thorpe reports for Erewash Sound SPORT.

United continued their strong start to pre-season with a confident performance against East Midlands Counties side Arnold Town.

It was Steve Welsh’s first game at home and the first time a home crowd had seen the new look side.

There were a number of new faces in the squad - which is yet to be finalised - but there were some familiar ones too with Kameron Campbell, Matt Savage, Jake Wholey and Andy Todd featuring in the game.

For eagle eyed fans there was another familiar face among the opposition ranks, Ian Robinson, who along with Gary Sucharewycz, co-managed United last year.

United had a strong start to the match and dominated the visitors, who play one level below the Blues in the football pyramid.

One issue from last season was the lack of communication and characters in the squad but there were early signs that this is being addressed.

Both teams had penalty shouts in the first half but it was United who had the majority of chances.

They were just chances however, and there was a feeling that United's strikers would be frustrated by Arnold until moments before half-time when the deadlock was broken.

On 65 minutes the Blues doubled their lead and on 79 minutes it was 3-0 and all but game over.

Arnold did step it up a notch in the games dying moments and snatched a goal but never really threatened to take control of the game.

Following the game new gaffer Steve Welsh said:  “There were a lot of pleasing things today. Some of our forward play was good at times and we created lots of chances. We've got a few things to work on defensively but the work rate from the boys was good and overall I'm really pleased.

I was disappointed with the goal at the end but – I sound like Arsene Wenger - I didn’t even see it. But the referee's admitted that the free-kick should have gone the other way and that he’s got it wrong. That doesn’t worry me so much, it would worry me if we were getting cut open and cut adrift.

With all the respect to the opposition they weren’t good enough to do that today. Tuesday and Saturday will be more of a test to see if we can hold our own defensively because ultimately that’s what we’re going to have to do initially.

We’ve only been together two weeks but I think they understand what we’re trying to do. I’m learning about them and they’re learning about me, so it’s going to take some time.

The next two games are going to be a big test: Loughborough on Tuesday and Boston on Saturday. I’ve just said to the boys in the dressing room regardless of the opposition I want us to play and I feel that the penny is just starting to drop with one or two.

We’ve got a pretty tough start to the season from what I can gather so we’ve got to be able to defend but going forward I think we have enough to cause teams problems.”

Long Eaton United line-up:
GK: Jake Want
DF: Ryan Head, Nick Hawkins, Charlie Scanlon
MF: Keanan Meakin, Tom Gamblin, Andy Todd, Jake Wooley, Jacub Brandon
F: Alex Ford, Matt Savage
Subs: Kameron Campbell, Tristan Comery, Adam Morley, Harry, Lewis Partridge, Jamie McKeever, Jack Hardy.

Fixtures for the Midlands Premier Division 2017/18 season have been released with the Blues kicking-off against the same opponents as they did last season!

On August 13, 2016, Long Eaton United romped to a 5-1 victory over Stourport Swifts at home and on August 12, 2017, the two teams will once again face off for the season opener.

The home fixtures come thick and fast in the early weeks for the Blues, with five home league matches within the first month - including the much anticipated game against former National League North side Worcester City.

On Boxing Day, United play South Normanton Athletic away from home but Shepshed Dynamo are the visitors on December 30.

The final game of the season is away against AFC Wulfrunians but three of the last four fixtures are at home.

As it currently stands, Long Eaton’s United’s remaining league fixtures are as follows:

22/08/2017 --- Long Eaton United vs. Loughborough University --- Grange Park, 7.45pm

26/08/2017 --- Long Eaton United vs. Lye Town --- Grange Park, 3pm

28/08/2017 --- Long Eaton United vs. Heanor Town --- Grange Park, 3pm

02/09/2017 --- Long Eaton United vs. Worcester City --- Grange Park, 3pm

12/09/2017 --- Boldmere St Michaels vs. Long Eaton United --- Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, 7.30pm

16/09/2017 --- Coventry Sphinx vs. Long Eaton United --- Sphinx Drive, 3pm

30/09/2017 --- Long Eaton United vs. Shawbury United --- Grange Park, 3pm

03/10/2017 --- Long Eaton United vs. Coventry United --- Grange Park, 7.45pm

07/10/2017 --- Bromsgrove Sporting vs. Long Eaton United --- The Victoria Ground, 3pm

14/10/2017 --- Long Eaton United vs. Haughmond --- Grange Park, 3pm

28/10/2017 --- Westfields vs. Long Eaton United --- Allpay Park, 3pm

04/11/2017 --- Long Eaton United vs. Coleshill Town --- Grange Park, 3pm

08/11/2017 --- Quorn vs. Long Eaton United --- Farley Way Stadium, 7.45pm

11/11/2017 --- Stourport Swifts vs. Long Eaton United --- Walshes Meadow, 3pm

18/11/2017 --- Coventry United vs. Long Eaton United --- Butts Park Arena, 3pm

25/11/2017 --- Long Eaton United vs. AFC Wulfrunians --- Grange Park, 3pm

02/12/2017 --- Lye Town vs. Long Eaton United --- Sports Ground, 3pm

09/12/2017 --- Coleshill Town vs. Long Eaton United --- Pack Meadow, 3pm

16/12/2017 --- Long Eaton United vs. Coventry Sphinx --- Grange Park, 3pm

23/12/2017 --- Long Eaton United vs. Rocester --- Grange Park, 3pm

26/12/2017 --- South Normanton Athletic vs. Long Eaton United ---M J Robinson Structures Arena, 3pm

30/12/2017 --- Long Eaton United vs. Shepshed Dynamo --- Grange Park, 3pm

06/01/2018 --- Highgate United vs. Long Eaton United --- The Coppice, 3pm

13/01/2018 --- Long Eaton United vs. Boldmere St Michael --- Grange Park, 3pm

20/01/2018 --- Loughborough University vs. Long Eaton United --- Loughborough University Stadium, 3pm

27/01/2018 --- Long Eaton United vs. Rugby Town --- Grange Park, 3pm

03/02/2018 --- Haughmond vs. Long Eaton United --- Shrewsbury Sports Village, 3pm

10/02/2018 --- Shepshed Dynamo vs. Long Eaton United --- The Dovecote Stadium, 3pm

17/02/2018 --- Long Eaton United vs. South Normanton Athletic --- Grange Park, 3pm

24/02/2018 --- Sporting Khalsa vs. Long Eaton United --- Aspray Arena, 3pm

03/03/2018 --- Worcester City vs. Long Eaton United --- The Victoria Ground, 3pm

10/03/2018 --- Shawbury United vs. Long Eaton United --- Wem Sports Centre, 3pm

17/03/2018 --- Long Eaton United vs. Sporting Khalsa --- Grange Park, 3pm

24/03/2018 --- Rocester vs. Long Eaton United --- Hillsfield, 3pm

31/03/2018 --- Long Eaton United vs. Quorn --- Grange Park, 3pm

02/04/2018 --- Heanor Town vs. Long Eaton United --- The Town Ground, 3pm

07/04/2018 --- Long Eaton United vs. Bromsgrove Sporting --- Grange Park, 3pm

14/04/2018 --- Long Eaton United vs. Highgate United --- Grange Park, 3pm

21/04/2018 --- Long Eaton United vs. Westfields --- Grange Park, 3pm

28/04/2018 --- AFC Wulfrunians vs. Long Eaton United --- Castlecroft Stadium, 3pm

The fixtures and results tab on the website will be updated in due course.

You can find an up to date schedule on the FA’s website.