Match Review – Hanley Town vs Gresley Rovers
Written by Jane Lythgoe on 12 September 2020
(Picture shows James Corden and Ricardo Fuller holding a Stoke shirt signed by Fuller for a competition give-away for Hitmix listeners!)
Hanley Town vs Gresley Rovers – Match Review by James Corden
Saturday 12th September 2020 – 3pm Kick Off – FA Cup Preliminary Round – Potteries Park
Both sides came out from the start with bundles of energy with both sides making good attacking moves but there was nothing to show from it in the early exchanges.
Then all of a sudden the game came alive in the 41st minute when a bit of sloppy defending from the Gresley backline, let Kieran Brown slide the ball under the keepers legs to send the Home side 1-0 up, but that lead would last for 3 minutes when a very skilful dribble from Paul Sullivan and a smart chip over the outrushing goalkeeper the put the away side level, but just like the first goal the lead would only last yet again for 3 minutes when a corner ball was bobbled around the box and finally drilled home by Timothy Sanders to send Hanley Town 2-1 up at half time.
In the opening exchanges of the second half it was identical to the first half where both sides were full of energy but there were no clear cut chances until in the 52nd minute a smart passing move which lead to Nathan Okome who hit a fierce shot and forced a good save from Joseph Fryatt, the next chance came 10 minutes later when Kieran Brown ran towards the goalkeeper and just got his foot in before the goalkeeper and Fryatt took out the man without touching the ball and a penalty was given and a chance to win the game, Niall Cope had a stutter in his run up and didn’t look too confident and he hit it towards the bottom right corner but Fryatt got a very good strong hand to it but could only divert it into the path of Brown to get his second goal of the game from a rebound
In the 74th minute the moment all Hanley Town fans had been waiting for was finally happening, Ricardo Fuller entered the field for his debut for Hanley and less than 2 minutes later he had his first goal involvement for the club, he played a smart through ball to Tom Ashton who leathered the ball into the top right corner leaving the Gresley keeper grasping at air and with that goal it was Game Set Match to Hanley Town, but they weren’t finished there as in the final moments of the match the substitute Brian Barton appeared to be running the ball to the corner to waste time, but he then did a sublime backheel flick and he was running into the box, Fuller wanted him to play it to him but he kept going and did a fake shot to put Fryatt on the floor and rolled it into the bottom left corner to give the home side a 5-1 lead.
Hanley dominated the game from start to finish and fully deserved to get the win and manager Mick Morton said “the first half wasn’t the best” “they reacted to what we said and they came off 5-1 winners” “The club has come on leaps and bounds.” He also praised Ricardo Fuller for his attitude towards his new team saying “he’s brilliant, he comes training week in week out” and “he’s one of the boys”
Hanley Town 5-1 Gresley Rovers