Shepshed dig deep to earn point at Dovecote
SHEPSHED Dynamo consolidated their 10th position in the Pitching in Northern Premier League Midlands Division with a resolute goalless point against promotion candidates Stamford at The Dovecote Stadium.
Stamford put Shepshed under pressure for a majority of the game but stout defending and Brandon Ganley producing numerous saves gave Dynamo at the end of the day a workman like point.
Stamford started game strongly trying the to impose themselves in the game to push themselves back in to early play off contention with Joe Butterworth’s effort deflected wide by Niall Prenderville on six minutes. Ganley punched the resultant corner clear.
Shepshed came into the game with Daniel Wallis alert out of his area on 14 minutes and two minutes later John King’s cross was met by the head of Reece Morris wide.
The Daniels took control of the game for the remainder of the half Bartle’s long throw was cleared by Sean Doy on 26 minutes and then Tendai Chitizu effort was deflected into Ganley by Doy.
Shepshed’s best chance of the half fell to Matt Melbourne on 40 minutes, King supplied Starkie and Melbourne headed over.
Stamford could have gone into the break in front Stacey Freeman struck from long distance, Ganley turned it on to the crossbar and over for a corner.
Stamford were in the ascendancy early on in the second half with James Blunden heading into Ganley on 51 minutes, but Dynamo held on with The Daniels having gilt edged chances to take the lead.
Ganley saved from Mike Armstrong on 53 minutes and Jack Duffy hit the post from the rebound, Chitizu curled effort then hit the post a minute later.
Stamford piled on the pressure Prenderville headed clear on the hour mark from the clearance Chitizu’s effort was deflected wide and Chitizu found Butterworth whose effort went over.
The Daniels continued to press for the three points valuable to their promotion campaign. Freeman fired over on 70 minutes, then Ganley saved from Chitizu, a minute later Ganley was in action again denying Zayn Makeem.
Dynamo had their best part of the game with three consecutive corners Smith’s header cleared off the line on 82 minutes.
Bartle’s long throw was tipped over by Ganley on 84 minutes, Butterworth fired over on 85 minutes, then Liam Canavan flicked the ball on 86 minutes and a mix up between Wallis and Freeman fell to safety.
With a minute remaining Bartle went close for Stamford.
Both teams went close in injury time Canavan’s ball through to King went into Wallis and Ganley saved from Armstrong.
Despite relentless pressure from Stamford. Shepshed were worthy of the point for a persistent team performance.
Dynamo now take a break and return to action Saturday November 6 away to Bedworth United.
IN the Turner Insurance Services Premiership Mountsorrel Amateurs drew 4-4 with Scraptoft United, Liam Kinch (2), Lewis Austin and Kris Atkinson-Hines for the Amateurs, Ryan Walker (2). Kane Peden and Kyle Nicholls for Scraptoft.
Championship Leaders Glenfield Town were held to a 5-5 draw at home by St Patricks while FC Coalville closed the gap on Glenfield to one point with an 8-2 win against Loughborough Dynamo Development, Grant Brown (3), Damo Lawrence (2), Dan Harris (2) and Jack Boobyer for Coalville, Dan Axten hitting both the Dynamo goals. Shepshed Amateurs beat Belton Via 2-1 with goals from James King and Mark Watson, Ryan Warren scoring the Belton reply.
In Industrial Laundry Equipment Limited League One, Allexton & New Parks Reserves won 6-1 away at Woodhouse Imperial, Henry Oyenuga (2), Shane Brown, Ben Wilson, Blake Bilby and Marko Susa for Allexton, Steve Allen for Woodhouse. Rothley Imperial Reserves beat Sporting Old Boys 4-1, Femi Ojo, Leighton Barley, Reece Bell and Jordan warren for Rothley, Dean Willmot for Sporting Old Boys.
In the Dab Civil Engineering Contractors Ltd League Two, Ambleside Athletic beat Shepshed Amateurs Reserves 6-2, Harry Schofield (3), Corey Smith (2), and Kane Finch for Ambleside, Karl Abel and Arron Tivey for Shepshed. Mountsorrel FC won 2-1 away at Old Aylestone 2013 Reserves, Charlie Harris and David Steel for Mountsorrel, Tm Payne for Old Aylestone Reserves.
Rogue Elite remain unbeaten at the top of the Countryside Insurance Services League Three, Rogue Elite won 7-1 away at Birstall Old Boys, Dan Faulkner (2), Callum Hood, Jack Joyce, Sam Wade, Josh Johnson and Russell Szulz for Rogue Elite, Adam King for Birstall. A solo strike from Patrick Hood gave Sutton Bonington Reserves a 1-0 win at home to Woodhouse Imperial Reserves, while Welford Victoria beat Loughborough United 4-1, Danny Penn, Karl Stanley, Jaakeem Martin and Coby Keeling for Welford, Matt Jones for Loughborough.