Long Eaton United FC

Long Eaton United FC

Updated 12th January: A round up of the latest Blues news from the past month.

Highgate United 1-2 Long Eaton United – Saturday 6 January
Midland Football League Premier Division
It may be a New Year, but it remains the same season for borough football sides including Long Eaton United who looked to continue their recent very good run of form and kick start the new year in fine form with an away game at Highgate United

As with other fixtures in the wake of heavy rain, there was an element of doubt over this match, the dreaded postponement word lingering until a pitch inspection concluded a positive and it was ‘game on’.

The game was at the midway point of the first half when the home side took the lead, a strike from Barlone coming on 27 minutes, and that lead was carried through to the half time whistle.

Five minutes into the second half though, Long Eaton were back in the game, but with the chance to continue that good run of form hanging as the biggest form of motivation, the Blues pushed on and took the lead ten minutes from time courtesy of Fabian Smith, who has been becoming somewhat prolific at scoring of late.

1-2 the final score at Highgate who, the club spokesperson recognised on social media, were a strong side, but stressing that the Blues’ second half performance had more than contributed to the win on the day.

Long Eaton United 3-1 Shepshed Dynamo – Saturday 30 December
Midland Football League Premier Division
This was to be another weekend of postponements for borough football sides with Ilkeston Town, Borrowash Victoria and Sandiacre Town all unable to play due to wet weather and waterlogged or unplayable pitches.

That just left Long Eaton United to fly the flag as ground staff worked their magic to enable the match against Shepshed Dynamo to go ahead.   The game was just 13 minutes old when, unluckily for the Leicestershire side, Long Eaton took the lead.  An infringement in the Shepshed box led to a penalty which was converted by Fabian Smith.

The Blues appeared to be raining shots on the visiting goal for the opening period, Gamblen striking the post four minutes after his side had taken the lead.  A sign that this was perhaps not going to be Shepshed’s day came five before the break when Kiembi replaced Hurst in a necessary change.

A game of yellow cards rounded out at the break 1-1, Prenderville for Shepshed earlier and Smith also seeing yellow four before the break.  Dynamo did make a few shots at Scott Low but he was equal to all attempts as the half progressed and then rounded out.

There were just four minutes gone in the second half when Smith scored a Blues second.  The game then ebbed and flowed from end to end, shots saved by the Blues, Duffy off target a minute after the hour for Long Eaton.  Three after the hour, Shepshed narrowed the deficit through substitute Kiembi – a goal that led to the Blues bench bringing on Reid for Rickford to shore things up a little perhaps and protect the lead and even extend it if possible.

2-1 the score, 2-1 on yellow cards with 21 to play with Thornton now seeing yellow for Shepshed who seemed more than keen to get something from this game despite going 2-0 behind earlier on, making a substitution seven from time for a last ditch bid to equalise.  Tom Gamblen was next into the referee’s book four from time but any nerves were settled a minute later when Jack Duffy scored a match winner for Long Eaton, but just to make sure, Cameron came on for Smith to see the 90 out, Goodson on for Duffy in added time.  3-1 the score, 3-1 on yellow cards, 3 points bagged to kick off the new year.

Long Eaton United 3-2 Rocester FC – Saturday 23rd December
Midland Football League Premier Division
Amid blue skies and sunshine, Long Eaton United welcomed Staffordshire side Rocester to Grange Park on Saturday for another Midland Football League Premier Division fixture.

The Romans were faced with issues even before kick-off, having to replace an injured keeper.  When the game did get underway, the visitors found themselves behind after just 11 minutes – a free kick was given away to the Blues on the edge of the box, Fabian Smith putting the ball deftly over the wall and past the replacement keeper.

Long Eaton were on top in the early period of this game, as the Romans struggled to get into proceedings, and they showed their frustration midway through the first half when they concluded that Martyn Smith had been pushed over in the box, but the referee waved away appeals.

Moments later, Long Eaton came close to taking a 2-0 lead, Tom Gamblen striking an upright from a 30 yard shot, but instead, it was Rocester who found the net and this time, it was from a successful penalty shout – Smyth again felled, but this time, getting up to stroke the ball home with 34 minutes gone.

The Romans’ lead lasted just six minutes though – Tom Gamblen again involved, quick to respond to a rebound at close range, tapping home from 2 yards.  It could have been 2-2 on the stroke of half time, Graves going 1-1 on with the Blues keeper Scott Low, but the shot hit the post and went out for a goal kick.

Rocester were struggling, not helped by going a month without a game, fresh legs being nothing further from the truth.  Long Eaton were denied a third on 53 from a counter attack, Rocester at sixes and sevens in defence, but a brave block denied the Blues.  They weren’t to be denied four minutes later, three before the hour, when a corner kick from the left was headed in by Fabian Smith for his second of the day.

The visitors made a game of it 10 from time when Eric Graves scored from a yard out, and whilst the 3-2 lead remained intact, it could have been 4-2 six from time when a Blues attack culminated with the ball striking the post again, 3-2 is how it ended, Long Eaton having collected 10 points from the last 12.

Long Eaton United 1-1 Coventry Sphinx – Saturday 16 December
Midland Football League Premier Division
Mother Nature has not been very kind to local sporting fixtures over the past two weekends, with a raft of postponements caused by rain, ice and snow.

Whilst Ilkeston Town got a game in on the Saturday before the snow fell a week or two ago whilst other fixtures fell, last weekend saw Ilkeston sit one out along with the Vics and Sandiacre Town, but Long Eaton United remained evasive of Mother Nature’s attempts to thwart proceedings, officials with no need to allocate that dreaded P letter alongside the listings – game on at Grange Park against Coventry Sphinx, thanks to the efforts of ground staff.

This game was destined to be a closely fought affair, with a 0-0 scoreline set at the half time whistle, but there were to be goals and the first one came ten minutes after the restart as the visitors took the lead through a Charlie Faulkner strike.

Ten minutes from time though, Long Eaton got themselves back in the game, forcing an equaliser from Fabian Smith which enabled them to finish in 15th at full time, a point ahead of Lye Town who were in turn some eight points ahead of Haughmond.  Looking up though and the pack above the Blues is within striking distance, providing that there is a reasonable points haul taken from the festive programme.

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.

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

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