Teversal 1 Greasley MW U15 3
Greasley got off to the best possible start to the season with an outstanding team display of true determination to overcome a strong Mansfield outfit.
The opening exchanges saw the visitors gaining the upper hand without really troubling the home keeper.
This was until a clever through ball from Robbie Manners sent Josh Baker racing into the box but before he could pull the trigger he was brought down for and the ref to pointed to the spot. Joe Coxon calmly slotted away the penalty.
They could and should have extended their lead soon after when Sam Meakin sent over a low cross which Ste Hatherley sidefooted wide with the goal gaping.
Then it was the home side’s turn to press forward and but for some wayward shooting and stubborn defending from the Welfare back four they could have been level.
Both Tom Stockton and debutant Brad Walker made excellent last ditch tackles to prevent shots on goal and James Fogg got a fist to a looping cross when challenged by a home attacker.
The second-half was more of the same. Manners pushed up alongside Baker with Aaron Coyle coming in as a holding midfielder and with Greasley going for a second the game became open with end to end action.
Both Coxon and Meakin were totally committed in the tackle and the two full-backs, Craig Mutch and Sam Brown, never allowed Teversal any time down the flanks.
After firing straight at the keeper Baker thought his chance had gone, but a similar opportunity soon after fell his way when Manners laid the ball in his path and he outpaced the defence to slot past the keeper.
Two goals to the good should have put paid to the home side but they had other ideas and made the game interesting when they won and despatched a penalty of their own midway through the half.
Welfare, however, extended their lead soon after. The hard working Joe Blackbourn won the ball on the right to find Coxon who in turn found Manners and the latter again put a perfect ball through to Baker to fire his team to three points.
Teversal hit a post late on but it was in vain as Greasley were worthy winners.