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Gresley 4, Heather St John's 0: Match report

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

AT THE DOUBLE  ... Bradley Wells.

AT THE DOUBLE ... Bradley Wells.

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Gresley 4

Heather St John's 0

GRESLEY picked up their first win of pre-season but were made to work hard for it, despite having the major share of the possession and chances against visiting Heather St John's.

It was not until late in the second half that the home side managed to breach Heather's defence, but then three goals arrived in three minutes through a Bradley Wells brace and Kieran O'Connell's opener.

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Gresley started quickly and were soon putting Heather's defence under pressure, forcing an early corner, Ash Robinson heading Rob Mulonga's cross from the left narrowly wide of the far post.

Lucas Harrison then headed Rob Richie-Smith's cross just over the bar – all within the opening five minutes.

Jack Langston then tested Heather's former Moat keeper George Woodward with a low shot which he dealt with comfortably.

Woodward was in action again soon afterwards, having to push away a stinging shot from Harrison for a corner.

Gresley were playing some good passing football and one move ended with Robinson laying the ball back for Josh Wright, who fired his shot over the bar.

The first attempt of note for the visitors came on 35 minutes, with Dan Chatfield firing a shot which keeper Tom Turner saved easily.

The rest of the half belonged to Gresley as they forced Heather back, conceding three further corners.

Both sides made changes for the second half and one of the substitutes, O'Connell, had a chance to open the scoring when he cut in from the left, but he shot wide of the far post.

With 20 minutes remaining, Gresley finally took the lead as O'Connell dribbled his way through the Heather defence and into the area before smashing his shot past the helpless Woodward.

The lead was doubled in as many minutes when Wells cut in from the right and hit a shot which beat Woodward.

A third goal wasn't far behind as a superb pass from Jamie Barrett picked out O'Connell, who turned and hit a shot which Woodward parried, but Wells followed up quickly, slotting the rebound home.

O'Connell then picked out Alex Steadman, with Woodward doing well to block the shot, but the young keeper did even better when he made a breath-taking save to deny Steadman again just seconds later.

This time he somehow managed to get a strong fist to Steadman's powerfully-hit shot, punching the ball over the bar.

The night was finished off in style when Riddell superbly headed home Richie-Smith's corner from the right.

GRESLEY: Turner, Hanson, Harrison, Guy, Land, Graves (c), Mulonga, Langston, Robinson, Wright, Ritchie-Smith. Subs (all used) Barrett, Wells, Roome, O'Connell, Riddell, Steadman, Johns, Townsend (gk).

REFEREE: Dan Andrews.

ATTENDANCE: 114.

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