Shildon AFC Keep Their League Title Challenge On Track
Shildon AFC keep their league title challenge on track after a close encounter with high flying 3rd placed Marske United on Saturday 17th February 2015. The Railwaymen were 2 – 1 winners after a 90 minute penalty gave the home side all 3 points.
Shildon were ahead after 10 minutes when a right wing corner from Ben Wood found Billy Greulich-Smith who headed into the top corner of the net from 6 yards out.
Marske levelled just 5 minutes later when a corner by Josh Macdonald was pushed out by keeper Kyle Hayes. Shildon’s Paul Connor thought he had cleared the ball off the line, but the assistant referee awarded a goal, given to No 5 Thomas Bott.
It was an open game with chances from both sides. Marske’s Josh Macdonald, looking well off side, was clean through but Kyle Hayes made a great block with his feet.
For Shildon Micky Rae had a one on one with the keeper Robert Dean who also blocked well with his feet.
Half Time: Shildon AFC 1 Marske United 1
On the hour a Ben Wood scissor kick went just wide, before Wood was through on goal but keeper Dean saved the day..
For Marske, a Darren Hollingsworth power drive was stopped by keeper Hayes.
After a Billy Greulich-Smith header and Mark Doninger firing into the side netting from 6 yards out, it looked like the game would end up all square, but on the 90th minute Adam Wheatley handled in the box for a penalty which Lee Scroggins blasted into the roof of the net.
Shortly after the goal there was a massive fracas with several players from both side involved, but remarkably, no one was booked. The game finished on 97 minutes.
Final Score: Shildon AFC 2 Marske United 1
Goalscorers: Greulich-Smith 10, Scroggins 90.
Subs: Doninger for Rae 38, Ellison for Connor 90.
Bookings: (Y) Chapman 42.
After the match manager Gary Forrest said “It was a good solid team performance today against a very good side. We kept our shape, and they never really hurt us, and to be fair, it was a soft goal. We edged it on the day and deserved to win”.
1) Kyle Hayes
2) Jamie Harwood
3) Lee Chapman
4) Lee Scroggins
5) Darren Craddock
6) Daniel Moore
7) Billy Greulich-Smith
8) Sam Hodgson
9) Paul Connor
10) Ben Wood
11) Michael Rae
12) Marc Ellison on for Connor
14) Chris Emms
15) Mark Doninger on for Rae
16) John Brackstone
17) Jack Taylor