Long Eaton continue their perfect start to the season
UCL Premier North
Skegness Town 0-3 Long Eaton Utd
Long Eaton made it two league wins out of two as they walked away from the Vertigo Stadium as 3-0 victors over Skegness Town on Saturday.
Ian Deakin named an unchanged starting 11 from the side that beat Holbeach United 4-1 in the extra Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup last weekend. Marcus Coombs and Marley Fearon did not make the trip to Skegness due to the limited five-person bench.
Ian Deakin named an unchanged starting 11 from the side that beat Holbeach United 4-1 in the extra preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup last weekend. Marcus Coombs and Marley Fearon did not make the trip to Skegness due to the limited five-person bench.
Long Eaton came firing out the blocks, as they registered three chances in the opening 12 minutes. The best came through Jamie Walker. A Keiran Walker long throw-in was flicked on by Kameron Campbell and from close range, James Lambley was forced into a brilliant reaction save from the winger.
The Blues did take the lead after 20 minutes played. It was a fantastic solo goal as Gale picked up the ball 25 yards out, turned his marker, cut inside another Lilywhites defender and scored with a venomous strike into the top left corner from just outside the box.
Gale had a chance to get his second towards the end of the first half when Tom Marshall’s deep corner met the head of the young midfielder and almost lobbed the Skegness shot-stopper who produced a stretched fingertip save.
Skegness earned their first real-chance five minutes after the restart as Josh Morrall picked out Kern Miller with a floated cross and the hosts' centre back thumped a bullet header onto the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick.
After 60 minutes, Tom Marshall came close to earning his first and Long Eaton’s second. A failed clearance from the Lilywhites defence meant the ball fell perfectly for the midfielder to strike with an inch-perfect volley, however, Lambley once again pulled off an excellent fingertip save to maintain the one-goal deficit.
Alex Marshall doubled the Blues’ lead a few minutes later, after a succession of passes found Gale in space on the edge of the box and with a simple layoff, Blues’ number nine thumped a low-driven strike underneath the keeper and into the back of the net.
The final five minutes seemed inevitable given the physical and reactive nature of the match, and a collision between Morrall and Brad Wilson caused a touchline scuffle which resulted in Long Eaton manager Deakin, the Lilywhites’ assistant manager, Blues’ captain Mitchell Robinson and Skegness midfielder Elliot Broughton being sent off.
Despite this, substitute Taylor wrapped up proceedings in injury time. A quick free-kick that took the Lilywhites by surprise sent Jamie Walker down the left and allowed the winger to drill a cross over to Campbell, the forward then unselfishly laid off Taylor for a driven strike past the diving keeper.
The Blues’ attention now turns to next Saturday, when they face Northern Premier League Midlands Division side Shepshed Dynamo at Grange Park in the Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round.