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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Ten-man Gretna make Greyhound work hard for win

Greyhound 2 Gretna SC 1: This Carlisle City Sunday League Premiership clash got off to a sensational start when the visitors were reduced to 10 men after 10 minutes.

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Greyhound's Mark Graham, right, is challenged by Gretna's Simon Kirk

Gretna’s Dale Muir received a straight red for a reckless challenge but, despite that handicap, the visitors showed plenty of endeavour and were nearly rewarded shortly after when Simon Kirk burst his way through only to be denied by Mark Graham's last-ditch tackle.

Their persistence paid off in the 13th minute when Alan Hodgson was razor sharp in ghosting in and heading the ball home from Kane White's corner.

Their lead lasted only five minutes, as Lee Coulthard shook off his markers to find the bottom corner of the net.

Play swung from end to end and Greyhound's keeper Barry Clarke produced a full-length save to keep out Kirk, while his counterpart Graeme Thompson pulled off two fine stops – one from Darryl Creighton's volley after being set up by Ryan Nicholson, then tipping over Gary Wills’ shot at full stretch.

Gretna still carried a threat after the break and kept Greyhound's defenders on their toes but they had a let-off in the 80th minute when Wills should have scored when he put his effort past the upright after a clever through ball by Coulthard.

Coulthard was always in the thick of things and four minutes later he made sure of maximum points producing an assured finish after shaking off two defenders.

DHCC went down 2-0 to Harraby Catholic whose marksmen were Dean Lamonby and Guiseppe Amato.

Howard Rangers also won 2-0 at the expense of Dalston. Following a goal-less first period Rangers went ahead in the 80th minute after several fine saves by Dalston keeper Paul Marrs Craig Wilkinson finding Scott Cameron who hit the bar from two feet out but managed to poke in the rebound.

Dalston made Howard's defenders work hard but in the 85th minute, their keeper, who had charged into the opposition penalty area, scuffed his attempt from close in and from the subsequent clearance Simon Edwards shot into the empty net from his own half.

It was a dismal day for Brampton losing two players through injury in their 4-1 defeat at Wigton, who found the net through Dan Martos (2), Richard Hudson and Andrew Hill on his debut. Craig Thompson netted for Brampton.

Spinners’ home game against Green Bank was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

Goals by Tom Lucock and Jordan Cowley earned lowly Upperby Park a surprise 2-2 draw at Second Division leaders Unisun Athletic "A".

Second-placed Parkland also dropped vital points, conceding a late goal against Beehive to make the final score 2-2.

Arroyo's challenge for the title continued when they inflicted a 4-1 defeat on Royal Scot.

The clash between Pippins and Warwick Wanderers ended 4-4.

In the Third Division Lion & Lamb were 4-0 too good for Museum. Jamie Hubner (2), Tom Rudd and Dale Wilson made up their tally.

Following a goal-less first-half top-of-the-table Moorhouse returned from St Aidans 3-1 winners, with strikes by Joe Robinson (2) and Martin Shepard. Tony Davies countered with a superb volley from 35 yards.

Jack Patterson hit three for Pirelli in their Fourth Division 5-1 home win over Border Reiver. Jason Taylor and new signing Jordan Davies added the others while Dwayne Harrison responded.

BSW Timber were 2-1 victors at Club Victoria. They went in front through an early goal from Daniel Jeffrey, then gifted an equaliser to Barrie Jackson. Craig Thorp's 30-yard thunderbolt into the top left-hand corner settled the matter.

St Nicholas Arms had a comfortable 6-2 success at Unisun Athletic "B". Mark Butler (2), Dan Palmer (2), Chris Grainger and Paul McAleese did the damage. James Cameron and Richard McAleer were on target for Unisun.

Thompsons FC were 4-1 winners at Botcherby. Repeated problems with the state of their pitch at Thursby has forced Ship Inn to resign from the League.

Shoulder of Mutton progressed into the second round of the League Cup at the expense of Upperby FC, who were unable to raise a team.

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