Report: Gresley FC 1-1 Eastwood (Gresley win on pens)

Eastwood crashed out of the Doodson Sport Cup in the cruellest of fashion at the Moat Ground on Wednesday night.

They had played their part and thoroughly deserved their equaliser with seconds of normal time remaining.

It’s the second time this season Gresley have knocked Eastwood out of a cup competition, a very different-looking Eastwood losing at the same ground in the FA Cup back in September.

Both sides had much changed teams with the Badgers boss Gary Hayward giving starts to Daniel Dobbie and the returning Anthony Gregory.

Lucas Harrison had the first shot in anger for the home side and Tom Law cut inside but failed to beat the keeper.

Alex Haughton and Henry Sibenge were managing to get in behind the Gresley back four but the lack of support meant there was nobody on the end of some good crosses.

Gregory wasted Eastwood’s best chance turning a cross, following a corner, just the wrong side of the post.

Gresley took the lead minutes later when Dobbie came a long way to the edge of the box but his clearance only went as far as Jordan Nadat who hit the ball back across the struggling keeper into the far corner.

The second-half became a scrappy affair with neither team mustering a clear opening

Kieran O’Connell had two bites of the cherry going close with his second shot and Luke Rowe almost caught Alex Townsend off his line but cleared the crossbar.

As the game wore on the Badgers threw caution to the wind and started to create chances.

Haughton and Elijah Reid went close and Dobbie atoned for his earlier mishap by denying O’Connell twice.

With the clock ticking down, Eastwood launched one last attack and Reid’s ball into the box evaded everyone apart from the overlapping substitute Josh Schofield who buried the ball to force penalties.

Unfortunately for the visitors, Henry Sibenge missed Eastwood’s first kick and but Gresley scored all of their penalties, so when Rowe hit the post with Eastwood’s fourth kick the game was over.

GRESLEY WIN 4-2 ON PENALTIES

Wednesday, November 13, 2013:

Gresley: 1 Alex Townsend 2 Hayden Johns 3 Lucas Harrison 4 Marc Strzyzewski (Mitch Hanson 66) 5 Liam Guest 6 Sam Grice 7 Paolo Piliero (Sam Kirk 86) 8 Jack Langston 9 Jordan Nadat (Royce Turville 80) 10 Kieran O’Connell 11 Alex Steadman. Sub not used: Harry Austin

Eastwood: 1 Dan Dobbie 2 Elijah Reid 3 Luke Rowe 4 Anthony Gregory 5 Tyrone Burton 6 Jacob Sturgess 7 Dan O’Donnell (Tyler Witton 82) 8 Henry Sibenge 9 Alex Houghton (Josh Schofield 87) 10 Tom Law 11 Josh Raby. Subs not used: Vijay Selvam, Roberto Labatte, James Murphy

Att: 119 Ref: M Scriven Best Badger: Henry Sibenge

Report by Andy Cope