Long Eaton United FC

Long Eaton United FC

Updated 16th May: A round up of the latest Blues news from the past month.

BLUES SECURE TOP TEN FINISH:
AFC Wulfrunians 1-3 Long Eaton United – Saturday 5 May
Midland Football League Premier Division
The start of the 2017-2018 football season was a difficult and arduous one for Long Eaton United, but as the new structures were established, as new and old players gelled, the Blues began to find their feet and climb the table.

Over recent weeks and months, there was a very real chance that the borough club could take a place in the Top 10 come the season end, which, given how things started, would be quite some achievement.

Some results put that status in jeopardy, but others helped settle things back down and after the final game of the season away at AFC Wulfunians on Saturday, it was confirmed that the Blues could finish no lower than tenth as other clubs round out their arguably delayed set of fixtures.

However, to get an end-of-season win, Long Eaton United had to come from behind.  Midway through the first half, the hosts took the lead at Castlecroft Road but with five minutes to go before the break, the Blues were back in it after captain Andy Todd led from the front to find the equaliser.

For the second half, the Blues management made a change that saw development player James Shaw make his first team debut.  This game swung towards Long Eaton as the final fifteen minutes were played out.

Zak Goodson was the man of the moment, as he has been on frequent occasions this season, the teenaged marksman meeting a well worked cross to head home and he wrapped up the win, wrapped up the season and secured the Blues in the top ten with a team third, and his second goal in the final minute of regular time.

BLUES TAME THE LIONS IN REARRANGED FIXTURE:
Heanor Town 1-2 Long Eaton United – Wednesday 25 April
Midland Football League Premier Division

Fixture backlog has been the ongoing problem for borough football clubs this season with snow and rain regularly leading to postponements and therefore matches to clear.

Notoriously a bogey side for them, Long Eaton United played Heanor Town on Wednesday night to clear one of those outstanding fixtures.  The hosts were also submerged in a stack of matches to catch up on and they had played Stourport on Tuesday, with Coleshill Town visiting on Thursday.

This, then, was a chance for the Blues to tame the arguably jaded Lions and the early moments of the game saw the borough side begin to take aim.  They were rewarded for their efforts as early as the eighth minute when Zak Goodson turned his marker and slotted the ball past the keeper Pierrepoint.  The advantage was doubled with nineteen on the clock – a corner was firstly cleared but the ball was put back into the box from where Romaine Graham flicked it in.

From here, Heanor began an all-out attack to claw their way back into the game, but shots were saved or prevented as the first half rounded out.  Seven minutes into the second half, Danny Gordon narrowed the deficit for the Lions after a corner went straight in and just two minutes later, they felt they had a chance to make it 2-2 – Gordon’s corners causing Long Eaton some problems, but the referee waved away a penalty appeal

Long Eaton were beginning to look a little vulnerable although they did have chances to score again.  Scott Low was in commanding form for the Blues though to deny late shots from Sleigh and Bullock and the win was another step towards confirming a Top Ten finish this season – the Blues landing in eighth at the end of the night.

BLUES BETTER AFTER RECENT DISAPPOINTMENTS:
Long Eaton United 2-1 Westfields FC – Saturday 21 April
Midland Football League Premier Division
Recent results had put hopes of a top ten finish in jeopardy for Long Eaton United.  Over recent games, they had been left clinging on to tenth spot and were in that position going into the weekend game at Grange Park as Westfields FC were the visitors.

This was a game of few chances during the first half, so it was no surprise that both sides went in for the break locked at 0-0.   Team talks would have encouraged, cajoled and motivated both sides to push on in the second 45 but out of both teams, it was the home side that emerged on the right side of the final result.

The game was still locked at 0-0 when it sprang into life in the closing half of the second half – Zak Goodson with a neat and well worked finish to give the Blues the lead.

Westfields weren’t going to go down without a fight despite nursing some injuries amongst the outfield players – with 73 on the clock, Moreira’s run delivered a well crafted ball to the head of Phil Glover but his header smashed against the Blues crossbar.

Twelve from time, the Blues found themselves with some breathing space after Duffy doubled the advantage, but there was to be a nervy end when Kingsford Adjei narrowed the deficit.  A later corner for the visitors came and went without reward for them and this meant that Long Eaton had collected all three points which, after results elsewhere saw the Blues slip to eleventh, ironically locked on points with their visitors of the day with behind them based on goal difference.

DYNAMO TOO STRONG FOR BLUES:
Shepshed Dynamo 2-1 Long Eaton United – Tuesday 17 April
Midland Football League Premier Division
Long Eaton United are in danger of failing in their bid to secure a top ten finish in the Midland Football League Premier Division after suffering back to back defeats from Saturday into midweek with a rearranged game at Shepshed Dynamo coming on Tuesday evening after the away defeat to Highgate on Saturday.

The Blues found themselves in trouble after just a minute when they conceded a penalty but it was a fiercely disputed spot kick and so it was perhaps rightly so that Low saved it.

After Goodson was played offside on 4, Rickford hit the post on 8, and whilst the Blues had many chances, a number were off target, but equally, they were keeping Dynamo at bay until two minutes before the break – Prenderville netting for the Leicestershire hosts.

More offsides followed at either end in the second half, and on the hour, Brennan hit the post for Dynamo,  Six minutes later though, the Blues were level through Rickford’s strike, but Shepshed regained the lead thirteen minutes from time after Brennan was provider for Betts.

Low needed to save again two minutes later, whilst at the other end, Goodson forced  save six from time as the Blues pushed for an equaliser, but they would get it – 2-1 is how it ended despite best efforts.

A LOW DATE AGAINST HIGHGATE:
Long Eaton United 0-4 Highgate United – Saturday 14 April
Midland Football League Premier Division
If Long Eaton United are to secure a Top 10 finish at the end of the season, they must avoid falling to defeats of the nature of the weekend home game against Highgate United.

The West Midlands side were comprehensive 4-0 winners at Grange Park with one man proving to be a goal machine on the day.  The game was only nine minutes old when Marco Adaggio netted the first goal of the day but this proved to be the only goal of the first half – giving the visitors a mere slender lead.

This scoreline lingered until the final fifteen minutes of the game when Robbins was felled – Adaggio stepping up to covert from the spot for 0-2.  Less than ten minutes later, the team that wears pink were in the pink when Adaggio completed his hat-trick at the far post with 84 on the clock. He scored a fourth in the penultimate minute of regular time to cap up a dominant second half for the visitors – a result that saw the Blues hang on to a Top 10 place – exactly tenth in fact but with little or no room for manoeuvre as the final few matches tick by.