• Bradley White

Long Eaton progress in the FA Cup to continue perfect season


Long Eaton Utd 2

Gordon 20, J Walker 71pen

Coleshill Town 1

Donnelly 88pen

Long Eaton United are through to the second round qualifying of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time in 13 years after a 2-1 win against Coleshill Town at Grange Park.

Danny Gordon fired Long Eaton in front with a volley in the first-half and a second-half penalty from Jamie Walker made it two.

Coleshill put the pressure on Long Eaton as the match came to a close and Kieran Donnelly converted a penalty of his own to reduce the deficit – although a resolute Blues’ defence held on to the lead in the final five minutes.

Coleshill were on the front foot in the opening minutes and opted for the direct approach, many crosses were played into the Blues' 18-yard-box, but Sam Wilson commanded his area well.

United boss Deakin was forced to make an early change as James Taylor took a hefty knock as he attempted to gain possession of the loose ball in the middle of the park. Mitchell Robinson made his return to pitch in midfield after serving a three-match ban.

Danny Gordon volleys home the opener. Photo: Long Eaton United.

Robinson made an instant impact and almost scored immediately after he entered the field of play. Sam Parker crossed the ball from out wide to Robinson in the goalmouth who hit a volley from close-range which was blocked on the line by Taylor Carter-Byrne.

Five minutes later the Blues were ahead after a sensational volley from Gordon. Alex Marshall crossed the ball to the back post, which Robinson headed down for Jamie Walker to volley from close-range. The initial effort from Jamie was parried by Paul Hathaway and rebounded out to the edge of the box where Gordon struck a first-time volley right into the top corner – his second goal of the season and his fifth in a Long Eaton United shirt.

Gordon had a similar chance on goal moments later, as Keiran Walker’s long throw-in was cleared out to the midfielder on the edge of the area. However, this time Gordon could not find the target.

As half-time approached, Coleshill began to find their way back into the match. Joseph Philips led the attack and had a chance from just inside the area which bobbled through to Sam Wilson as Brad Wilson slid in to block the strike.

After fouls on Jamie Walker and Alex Marshall saw Long Eaton earn a free kick in the final third, Tom Marshall stepped up and curled the set piece around the wall and forced a low, diving save from Hathaway at the far post.

Coleshill once again started the second-half with a bang and had a handful of early chances. Josh Mansell played the ball out wide to James Harrison, but his shot from a tight angle blazed over the crossbar.

Mansell continued to pummel the Blues’ defence with crosses, but Sam Wilson was up for the challenge and cut out the chances with a couple of composed catches.

Sam Wilson was tested again at his near post as Vidal Hendrickson cut in from the left wing and hit a low, driven shot which Wilson dived to palm around the woodwork with an outstretched glove.

In the 64th minute the visitors were reduced to ten men as captain Carter-Byrne received his marching orders for a cynical bodycheck on Brad Wilson in an off-the-ball incident.

Coleshill seemed out of luck as Long Eaton then won a penalty in the 70th minute when Romaine Graham’s volley was blocked by the hand of Donnelly. Jamie Walker stepped up and converted from 12-yards out, composed as ever from the Blues’ penalty taker.

The visitors had to up the ante as they fell two goals behind, and Giovanni Dainty almost found the back of the net as he latched onto a quick throw-in and hit a volley which Sam Wilson parried. Dainty followed up with a rebound shot, but Wilson was equal to it and made a great double save to maintain the advantage with eight minutes left to play.

Another penalty was awarded in the 87th minute, this time to Coleshill as Sandhu was brought down in the box. Donnelly, who gave away the first penalty, tucked his spot kick into the bottom corner to give The Colemen a fighting chance.

Donnelly’s penalty provided a nervy end to the match, but substitutes Marley Fearon and Bartosz Korzeniewski battled in midfield along with Alex Marshall and Jebbison in the high press to see out the seventh consecutive victory for Long Eaton.