REPORT: Dronfield hold off Teversal to climb the table

It might not have gone down as a classic but Dronfield Town held off a plucky display by bottom side Teversal to record another three points and climb into fourteenth in the Northern Counties East League Division One table. Sam Bebbington’s eleventh goal of the season coupled with Matty Ord’s third in two games saw Dronfield claim a 2-1 victory to leapfrog Glasshoughton ahead of the visit of Nostell Miners Welfare to the HE Barnes Stadium on Saturday.

The game got off to the best possible start for Town as they took a sixth minute lead. Excellent work down the right hand side from Matty Ord saw him square the ball to Sam Bebbington. Bebbington’s finish wasn’t the cleanest but the visitors were happy to see the ball nestle in the goal as they claimed a 1-0 advantage.

Teversal came out with plenty of endeavour but couldn’t find the finishing touch to match. Luke Beastall blasted way over on 13 minutes for the home side and twelve minutes later, Cameron Pinnick’s left footed curling effort went well wide.

At the other end, Mark Fereday saw his low twenty yard attempt go the wrong side of Joe Parker’s right hand post and a minute from the break, Teversal had their best chance of the half.

Matthew Weedop’s ball into the box from the right found Kamau Leverock unmarked at the back post. However, the forward skewed his shot wide when it looked simpler to hit the target.

Dronfield made an immediate impact on the second half. Isaac Knight’s cross from the left was met by Bebbington’s stooping header – the linesman signalling for offside as Parker pulled off the stop.

Teversal managed a ten minute spell of pressure that eventually saw them draw level. A delivery into the area saw Cameron Pinnick wrap his leg around a high bouncing ball, forcing it past Lewis Naylor in the Dronfield goal and putting the home side at parity.

Dronfield switched from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2 on the hour mark and renewed impetus saw them retake the lead on 70 minutes.

Mark Fereday harried his man and played the ball inside to Matty Ord. Ord carried on into the area, beat his man and placed a confident finish past Parker to make it 2-1 to Town.

Fereday made a trademark burst into the area two minutes later but saw his rising shot curl out of play and then on 76 minutes, the same player with his back to goal, turned and fired inches wide from the edge of the box.

The robust striker concluded a trio of attempts on 84 minutes when his scuffed effort went into Joe Parker’s arms and despite four minutes of added time, it was Dronfield who closed out a 2-1 win.

Teversal displayed a level of commitment that belied their bottom of the table status but having created two of the better chances of the game, Dronfield could be satisfied with another three points.

The win takes Town into fourteenth in the table and they could potentially move one position higher with victory against Nostell Miners Welfare, who are the visitors to the HE Barnes Stadium on Saturday.

Teversal: Parker, Weedop, Hancock, Hill-Smith, Bower, Esmaeily, Agbakosi, Beastall, Pinnick, Bamford, Leverock. Subs: Cauldwell, Smith, Hall, Buttery.

Dronfield Town: Naylor, Hunter, Knight, Gladwin, Wright, Hatton, Flower, Mawbey, Mark Fereday, Bebbington, Ord. Subs: Stewart, Siddons, Mike Fereday.

Attendance: 48

Photo: Michelle Bell

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