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Match Report: Market Drayton Town

By James Houghton

by Sam Cooper

Grove moved up to 11th last night after a hard earned point against a very strong Market Drayton side at Greenfields in front of 221 spectators.

Both teams came into the fixture on the back of good results but it was the hosts that saw the better of the first half.

Market Drayton forward Jordan Davies was the attacking outlet for the home team and he looked to have headed his team in front. His powerful header from Lewis McCari’s cross looked destined for the bottom corner but Kieran Harrison was on hand to deny him at full stretch.

Grove were lucky not see themselves behind from the resulting corner which cannoned back off the bar from a Market Drayton attacker.

Anthony Malbon had the visitor’s first real attempt on goal. The strong forward showed his quick feet turning the defender but Matthew Ballard was out quick to deny him.
Lee Williamson took to the filed in the second half replacing James O’Neil and the introduction of the experienced midfielder lifted the visitors.

A complete turnaround from the first half with Grove in the ascendency. Kyle Diskin should’ve have given the visitors the lead. Great play down the right, the ball evaded Will Saxon and Diskin fired wide of the far post.

For all of the Grove pressure, it was the hosts that took the lead. Lewis Bergin was penalised for a foul and from the resulting free-kick Daniel Beddows leaped highest, heading into the far corner leaving Harrison rooted to the spot.

Rumenio was brought on in the place of Diskin and the Portuguese winger made an instant impact creating the equaliser with his first touches. Cutting in from the right he squared for Saxon whose deflected strike deceived Ballard and found its way into the bottom corner.

Three minutes from time the visitors thought they scored the winner. Malbon won a free kick in a dangerous position. Chris Budrys, who had been causing the backline problems all night, rose highest only to see his header come back of the frame of the goal and none of the visiting players were able to scramble the ball home.

Market Drayton themselves thought they won it in the dying moments of the match. A swift counter-attack saw captain Daniel Beddows bursting forward. Somehow his left foot cannoned off the bar the bar to the relief of the grove fans as gasps could be heard around the ground from both sets of supporters.

Updated 23:02 - 23 Feb 2019 by James Houghton

Where next?

On the Road: Market Drayton Town (A) The Grove travel 20-miles across Staffordshire this Friday evening (K.O 7:45pm) to face Market Drayton Town.

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