Greasley’s first home game of the season is an emphatic victory

Greasley MW U15 7

Arnold Town 1

GREASLEY recovered from going behind early on to claim an emphatic win in what was their first home game of the season.

With Sam Brown and Joe Blackbourn making the starting line-up the home side shuffled the pack to accommodate them and for a short period this seemed to upset their game which allowed Arnold to start the brighter.

The visitors gained the advantage after only four minutes with a fine effort from 20 yards out giving James Fogg no chance.

It was the goal that spurred the home side to life. They began forcing the play, creating chances from all angles.

First the keeper made a somewhat unorthodox save with his legs to deny Brett Soiza before spilling a shot from Jack Millward which Josh Baker tapped home to equalise.

Blackbourn then saw his cracker rattle the bar and Sam Meakin brought a smart save from the keeper at his near post.

Robbie Manners then combined well with Baker for the latter to give Millward the chance which he duly dispatched from the edge of the area.

Millward then had to be replaced by Joe Coxon whose first action was to convert a penalty after an Arnold defender handled, although he argued he had been pushed.

For a short period in the second-half Arnold tried to get back into the game but never really created a clear cut chance.

After Baker coolly added a fourth the visitors’ heads dropped which allowed the home side more time and space.

Both Baker and Soiza were linking well up front and with Blackbourn the outlet out wide on the right chance after chance was created.

Baker drove home a fifth before a stunning free-kick from Coxon nestled into the net via the top corner.

Soiza then grabbed a deserved goal after he and Baker interchanged passes inside the box.

Ste Hatherley came on for Baker and it didn’t take him long to get himself on the scoresheet, netting from close range after a Coxon shot was only parried by the keeper.

A resounding win means that if Greasley can win at Hucknall this weekend they will go into the Christmas break unbeaten and pushing for top spot.

Joe Blackbourn picked up the man-of-the-match award.