Long Eaton United FC

Long Eaton United FC

Updated 23rd March: A round up of the latest Blues news from the past month.

Worcester City 5-0 Long Eaton United – Thursday 22 March
Midland Football League Premier Division
The Blues suffered a miserable night in the West Midlands on Thursday night with a 5-0 whitewash at third placed Worcester City at the Victoria Ground.

The damage was done by half time after a deflected lob from around 25 yards in the 11th minute, a cross and tap in on 15, from 25 yards again three minutes later, a deep cross and tap in on 25 and another from distance a minute after the half hour.

This was probably just a case of keeping the score down and holding some pride in doing so during the second half, Fabian Smith replaced by Andy Todd five after the hour.

Worcester were forced to shuffle after running short of defenders for the final 20 minutes, but the Blues continued to try and make a game of it in the second half, Diaz Cameron on for Jack Duffy for the final eight minutes.

Three from time, the borough side had a shout for a penalty, but the management were left incensed after the calls went unanswered, the chance of a mere consolation goal rebuffed, the remaining time played out, the score restricted to that first half damage, the recent good run well and truly over.

Long Eaton United 4-2 Sporting Khalsa – Saturday 17 March
Midland Football League Premier Division
It was only a few short weeks ago that Long Eaton United enjoyed an albeit narrow 2-1 win over Sporting Khalsa when the away fixture was played.

There have been some strange quirks of the fixture lists for borough sides of late, and it is of some surprise, that the reverse fixture took place at Grange Park on Saturday with the Blues hoping to do the double over their visitors.

This was set to be a rollercoaster of emotions for players, management and fans watching this game, but things looked very good indeed when 17 year old Zak Goodson netted midway through the first half after good build up work from Andy Todd – Goodson with a good finish.

The game was just past then half hour mark when Goodson scored a second to set the scoreline to be carried through to the half time break.   Accusations that the Blues hadn’t quite emerged from the dressing room were fairly levied early in the second half when Khalsa narrowed the deficit and it soon became 2-2 to cancel out Goodson’s first half efforts when Myckel Beckley scored from the penalty spot – two shots for the visitors, two goals.

The score remained locked at 2-2 with the risk of the result going either way when Goodson scored a timely third, for his hat-trick, and Duffy made sure of a full three points for his side by scoring a late fourth – Long Eaton United enjoying quite a run at the moment too.

Shawbury United 1-1 Long Eaton United – Saturday 10 March
Midland Football League Premier Division
The 2017-2018 season has certainly left us with some mixed results for Long Eaton United.  Indifferent form in the early to mid part has been met by a push into the Top 10, the Blues hitting some sort of form at what could be the right time.

On Saturday, the Blues made the trip to face Shawbury United – based in Ludlow in Shropshire, a game that would also escape the worst that the weather had thrown at it.  But with only four minutes on the clock, Shawbury took the lead through a Sean Evans strike. 

Though they may have toiled, Long Eaton were thwarted in their attempts to get something from the game and that opening fourth minute goal proved to be very much a decider until the final few minutes of the game.

Players must be disciplined to play to the whistle, and avoid looking at the clock, instead accepting that there is always time for a goal.  17 year old Zak Goodson was the man to save the day and bring back a point to the East Midlands and Grange Park.

Shawbury saw the point earned as a potentially valuable one, and well they might, languishing in 21st of 22 teams, so the 9th placed Blues will have probably been quite disappointed at being behind for so long and leaving it so late to rescue something from the game.

Sporting Khalsa 1-2 Long Eaton United – Saturday 24 February
Midland Football League Premier Division
Can Long Eaton United finish the season with a flourish?  After a difficult start to the season, the Blues are beginning to find a gear as the 2017-2018 season enters the home straight.

Saturday saw the Blues visit Sporting Khalsa, a side against which they haven’t exactly had good form.  However, with just ten minutes gone, a Zak Goodson strike put the borough side ahead after a breakaway and a good finish.

The home side made things difficult for themselves when Jack Jeys was shown a red mid-way through the game for a second bookable offence.  For the second half, Khalsa came out fighting – they had to do so with those ten men and saw a header saved at point blank range by the Blues keeper.

10 vs 11 can be notoriously difficult for the side with the extra man, and the Blues were clinging on to that slender one goal lead mid-way through the second half when another header went over the Long Eaton bar.  Scott Low was being kept relatively busy and saved well to his left shortly afterwards, the rebound being cleared to safety.

There were twenty two minutes left on the clock when Long Eaton extended their lead – arguably against the run of play – Rakeem Reid being the man to score, and although Kyle Brady slotted a late consolation home for Sporting Khalsa, the Blues had done enough to return home with another three points bagged to help consolidate their place in the Top 10 of the Midland Football League Premier Division.

Remaining fixtures for the Midlands Premier Division 2017/18 season for Long Eaton United are as follows. The final game of the season is away against AFC Wulfrunians but three of the last four fixtures are at home.

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

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