Ten man Mickleover battle to excellent win against South Shields

Mickleover vs South Shields under the lights

Mickleover put in a huge performance last night as they beat second place South Shields 1-0 despite playing with 10 men for over half an hour.

It was the tale of two centre backs for Mickleover as James Butler scored whilst Phil Watt was later sent off.

The first real chance of the game fell the home sides' way in the 13th minute when the ball fell to Dales in the box following the first corner of the game, he poked the ball towards goal but Myles Boney saved well to keep the score at 0-0.

Butler then scored the only goal of the game after 15 minutes when he rose highest to head an Andy Dales corner past Boney in the South Shields goal.

The corner came following a spectacular long range effort from Radcliffe when the ball came bobbling out to him about 25 yards out, his fierce shot was met with an equally impressive save from the keeper.

Mickleover looked to build on their lead in the minutes that followed and Beavon nearly made it two but his shot was blocked following some good work down the left from Dales.

The game then became very quiet with Shields having the majority of possession but failing to create anything on the ball.

The match sprung back into life in the 38th minute when George Milner intercepted a loose pass from the keeper and cut it back to Andrew Wright but his shot was blocked.

Milner and Wright were two standout players in the first half, both tirelessly putting in huge shifts for Mickleover.

South Shields had their first big chance of the game just before half time when a cross to the back post found Mitch Rose but his header bobbled wide much to the relief of Sports, who went into half time with the slender lead still in tact.

Mickleover started the second half well and Wright had a chance to double their lead five minutes after the restart but he couldn't connect with Dales' cross well enough.

With 55 minutes played, Mickleover were then reduced to 10 men when Phil Watt was given his marching orders.

Watt reacted badly to Beavon being shoved into the advertising boards by Dillon Morse, there was a melee between most of the players from both sides and the ref clearly felt he saw something to force him to show Watt a straight red card, much to the confusion of the home fans.

South Shields failed to make the extra man advantage show though, they were just firing cross after cross into the Mickleover box but almost all of them failed to result in a shot one goal.

Jonathan Hedge was forced into a good save from a Rose shot from the edge of the box after 77 minutes.

Shields then grazed the outside of the post following a corner as they began to ramp up the pressure.

Sports' had their backs against the walls but were defending superbly and the next chance of the game actually fell their way when Beavon's shot from outside the area was tipped over by Boney in the 90th minute.

The referee then blew the full time whistle that was met with huge roars from everyone to do with Mickleover and rightfully so, Buxton and Matlock fans also let out some cheers as they saw Shields fail to win their crucial game in hand.

Tensions flared up again after the game but things quickly calmed down and the Mickleover players jubilantly celebrated their great win.

Sports are now nine points clear of the relegation zone having won all of their last five games much to the delight of manager John McGrath.

John spoke to the clubs twitter account after the game, he said: "Yeah I'm delighted, it continues our run and thats five on the bounce now against a very very good South Shields side. Our lads were superb and we fully deserved the three points."

Mickleover are now up to 16th place and some involved in the club might even be dreaming of a spectacular late play off push if they keep this winning form up.

Sports' next game is away to Bamber Bridge on Saturday before they are back at The Don Amott Arena against Scarborough Athletic the following weekend.

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