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Dronfield Town
AFC Emley
W Fereday (44')
Full time
Sat 24 Nov 15:00 - Toolstation Northern Counties East League - Division 1

Emley downed in Derbyshire


Dronfield Town 1-0 AFC Emley

A single goal on the stroke of half time was the only difference between the sides in a well fought contest.
Emley, although beaten, battled well throughout and will feel disappointed that they weren't more clinical in a game of relatively few chances in front of goal.
Emley started the brighter of the 2 sides, with Shane Hamilton and Nathan Howe both looking lively down the flanks and George Whittaker looking to break from midfield.
It was Hamilton who had the games' first real opening, firing a shot wide of the right hand post, Howe also saw a good run come to an end before he could get a shot away.
Dronfield then started to get a foothold into a game that had pretty much been dominated by Joe Howson's men for the first 15 minutes, Adam Ledger, who had barely touched the ball, made a smart save from a close range shot.
Wayne Hughes then looked to repeat last week's Beckenbauer impression, with his twinkle toes, and storming run, but the shot this time went wide.
Emley were still looking the most dangerous side and another chance went begging when smart play between Whittaker and Hamilton, saw a shot from Whittaker go just wide.
The home side, looking to go 4 games unbeaten weren't going to lie down and let the visitors have it all their own way though, and Ledger again was called into action to tip a cracking curling shot over the bar.
As half time approached and most people were making their way to seek warmth, Dronfield took the lead, a fierce shot, was parried by Ledger but the rebound fell to top marksman Mark Fereday and he made no mistake in burying the rebound, it was tough on Emley who had been the better team in the opinion of many.
H/T- 1-0
The second half was really one to forget for most of the 123 hardy souls, who were feeling the temperatures drop by the minute!
Again though, Emley started the better and a good spell by Nathan Howe on the left, saw him whip in 2 good crosses, unfortunately there was no one in yellow and green to make more of them, Emley continued to probe and look for an equaliser but poor decisions and final balls were frustrating for the good number of fans who came to support them and for the management team.
Equally, Dronfield were having the same problems, a couple of poor decisions ended some promising attacks.
When they did get it right though, Ledger stood up well in the Emley nets, a one on one was well dealt with by the Emley stopper and a few minutes later after a clean break, Ledger was quick off his line to narrow the angle and as a result, the attack was well dealt with by the Pewits' defence.
Howson looked to change things around and brought off the hard working Hamilton, Ingham and Howe and replace them with Townend, Burnett and Cranswick, Burnett looked to make an immediate impact but couldn't latch onto a good ball after a great move involving Starkey and Tunnacliffe.
Emley tried everything to get an equaliser but Dronfield's defence stood firm and they managed to see the game out and bag all 3 points.
F/T- 1-0
Attendance- 123
AFC Emley- Ledger, Kemp, Starkey, Tunnacliffe, Stafford, Hughes, Hamilton, Whittaker, Horbury, Ingham, Howe; Subs used- Burnett, Cranswick, Townend, Unused- Wallace

Hepworth Group man of the match- Michael Starkey

Michael Starkey

Player of the Match

Michael Starkey

Key moments

Goal Will Fereday scores for Dronfield Town


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90:00 Player of the Match
Michael Starkey is awarded player of the match for AFC Emley
89:00 Sub On
Luke Cranswick is substituted on for AFC Emley
89:00 Sub Off
Shane Hamilton is substituted off for AFC Emley
85:00 Sub On
Jordan Townend is substituted on for AFC Emley
85:00 Sub Off
Josh Ingham is substituted off for AFC Emley
73:00 Sub Off
Nathan Howe is substituted off for AFC Emley
73:00 Sub On
Ben Burnett is substituted on for AFC Emley
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 1 - 0
Will Fereday scores for Dronfield Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Dronfield Town
  • AFC Emley
  • 0
  • Will Fereday Goal 44:00'
  • Nathan Howe Sub Off 73:00'
  • Ben Burnett Sub On 73:00'
  • Jordan Townend Sub On 85:00'
  • Josh Ingham Sub Off 85:00'
  • Luke Cranswick Sub On 89:00'
  • Shane Hamilton Sub Off 89:00'

Team selection

Ledger, Adam Ledger, Adam
Kemp, Brad Kemp, Brad
Starkey, Michael Starkey, Michael
Hamilton, Shane Hamilton, Shane
Hughes, Wayne Hughes, Wayne
Stafford, James Stafford, James
Tunnacliffe, Michael Tunnacliffe, Michael
Whittaker, George Whittaker, George
Howe, Nathan Howe, Nathan
Ingham, Josh Ingham, Josh
Horbury, Andrew Horbury, Andrew
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League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
10. Swallownest 38 52
11. Glasshoughton Welfare 38 50
12. AFC Emley 38 48
13. East Yorkshire Carneige 38 44
14. Rossington Main 38 42
15. Skegness Town 38 40
16. Ollerton Town 38 37


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