Long Eaton United FC

Long Eaton United FC

Updated 21st October: A round up of the latest Blues news from the past month.

Long Eaton United 2-0 Haughmond FC – Saturday 14 October
Midland Football League Premier Division
Going into last weekend, we questioned whether there was any pressure on Long Eaton United manager Steve Welsh.  The Blues have been languishing at the wrong end of the Midland Football League Premier Division so far this season with inconsistent form bogging them down from making any tangible progress.

One of the new arrivals to the league this season is Shrewsbury based Haughmond FC and they were visitors to Grange Park on Saturday – their inexperience at this level perhaps giving the borough side the upper hand. 

Irrespective of experience, this was still eleven versus eleven and Long Eaton needed a win to boost confidence and avoid the season becoming long and difficult.

Talking of experience, Shaun Rickford has been an almost ever present at Grange Park for some time, and having been sponsored by Mark & Charlie Attridge, ‘Bullet’ as he is affectionately known, put his side ahead inside the opening ten minutes, going some way to instantly thanking them for their investment – Rickford burying the shot from 30 yards out with just four on the clock – a shot he described on his Twitter feed as having been an ‘oinker.

The second and final goal of the ninety game as early as shorty before the twenty minute mark as captain Andy Todd slotted home with 18 minutes gone.  That was that – no further goals, three points in the bag, Haughmond with that long trip back to the West Midlands.

Bromsgrove Sporting 2-0 Long Eaton United – Saturday 7 October
Midland Football League Premier Division
Is there going to be a need for officials at Grange Park to take a decision in the best interests of the future of Long Eaton United?

Try as he may, since his arrival at the start of this season, Steve Welsh has not delivered the consistency even to the extents that we may have seen in more recent seasons nor the results, and the Blues are languishing at the wrong end of the Midland Football League Premier Division table.

The latest defeat for this evidently struggling side was at Bromsgrove Sporting last Saturday.  Having said all of that, the Blues did enough to hold their hosts up to the 35 minute mark – a strike from Bunn putting their visitors behind, but other than that, they held out until the half time break.

Four minutes before the hour, Bromsgrove doubled their lead and finished the scoring through a Clark strike.  In short, there was to be no way back into this game for Long Eaton United, evidently short on ability at both ends of the pitch, and points of any kind proving to be very difficult to come by

Long Eaton United 1-3 Coventry United – Tuesday 3 October
Midland Football League Premier Division
Long Eaton United were back in Midland Football League Premier Division action on Tuesday with the visit of Coventry United to Grange Park.

The first half was an equally fought affair although a sign of what was to come was evident when Scott Low was required to save well on a number of occasions, but the score was 0-0 at the break.

Coventry edged closer and closer towards scoring and the visitors went narrowly wide of goal in the opening few minutes of the second half.  They went ahead through a spot kick which came with twenty minutes to go courtesy of Aaron Opoku.

The Blues were clearing still smarting and recovering two minutes later when Opoku added a second and just seven minutes later, Dave Moli added a third to create a clear game of two halves, Long Eaton holding firm for the opening 45 minutes, but unable to sustain nor push in the second half.

Steve Welsh’s men did get a goal, albeit a consolation when a deflected free kick nestled into the Coventry net but that was as good as it was going to get and the visitors were sent back to Coventry, with all three points having condemned their hosts to another defeat in this already difficult looking season for the borough side.

Long Eaton United 2-0 Shawbury United – Saturday 30 September
Midland Football League Premier Division
Long Eaton United need some form of momentum to lift what has been a somewhat disappointing start to the 2017 Midland Football League Premier Division season.  Lacklustre may well be a suitable word as Steve Welsh’s men have struggled to find any form of consistency.

Saturday saw the Blues welcome Shawbury United to Grange Park – the borough side needing to make home advantage count and register a much needed three points.  Inside the opening fifteen minutes, the home side were awarded a penalty, but that early opportunity was missed as the visiting keeper Jack Atkinson stopped the spot kick from finding the net after just eight minutes.  That stop was crucial for Shawbury and ultimately ensured that a 0-0 scoreline stood at the break.

A sign that it was not going to be a good day for the visiting side came shortly before the final quarter hour mark began – Shawbury evidently furious and concluding that they had missed out on what they described as a ‘stonewall’ penalty, hugely critical of the match official for waving their pleas away.

As the final ten minutes were being played out, Long Eaton United got their noses in front – the Blues number 10 Tyrell Shannon netting to create smiles all around except on the faces of an increasingly frustrated Shawbury side.  The frustration had clearly boiled over for the Shawbury number 4, Matt Ballard who was shown a red card with around five to go to the full time whistle.

But the final blow was dealt by Long Eaton United when, playing with the extra man, Shannon slotted home again to ensure himself of a brace and secure three points for his side.

Shirebrook Town 3-1 Long Eaton United – Saturday 23 September
FA Vase
A cup run can often be a useful way of driving forward positive momentum but for Long Eaton United, their run in the FA Vase is over after an early round exit at Shirebrook Town on Saturday.

League form will have to take precedence for the time being although the game at Shirebrook looked to be heading the Blues’ way shortly before the half time break when loyal club servant Shaun Rickford scored.for the borough side, Lady Luck having shone on them on the half hour after Widdowson hit the bar for the home side.

But shortly before the final quarter of an hour, the home side levelled after a cross deflected in of the Blues #2 Brandon Clarke, before striding away with their second with around seven minutes of regular time left.  A cross seemed to nothing but that, but instead, the ball went over the Long Eaton keeper Jack Hardy and nestled into the net.

There was still time for a decisive match winner on the stroke of full time, but by that point in the tie, the Blues were down to ten men after Ryan Head was shown a second yellow five from the end.

Fixtures for the Midlands Premier Division 2017/18 season for Long Eaton United are as follows...

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:

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.