Longlevens beat Cribbs after goal crazy second half

Longlevens scored four second half goals as they beat Cribbs 4-2 at Saw Mills on Wednesday night.

Rudi McKinnon’s strike followed up by a double from Dave Merrick and a header from Brad Martin were enough for Craig Martin & Michael Palmer’s men despite strikers from Ali Boyer and Steve Murray for Cribbs.

During a goalless first 45 minutes both sides had their chances to break the deadlock, but cancelled each other out throughout the half.

Ethan Dunbar met a cross from the right but it was well saved by the keeper on 10 minutes.

Newly crowned Severn Sport Player of the Month for October, Brad Martin should have opened the scoring when he leapt well to head over from about 8 yards.

Cribbs then lost George Kellow to injury before Dunbar then curled an effort against the visitors’ right hand post.

Cribbs’ best chance came just before half time when substitute Sahr Nanoh took the ball down on his chest on the edge of the box, but his effort was well saved by Ellis Parker in the Longlevens goal.

Ali Boyer then fired wide right on half time as both sides went in at the break knowing they were still in with a shot at taking three points.

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The hosts came out for the second half looking to get on the front foot early and they showed a glimpse of what was to come when Dave Merrick played a one two with Rudi McKinnon on the edge of the Cribbs box, but fired over on the volley.

Then just before the hour mark McKinnon picked the ball up about 25 yards from goal before blasting past Liam Kingston, despite the Cribbs keeper getting a strong glove to the shot.

One soon became two when a ball forward caught the Cribbs defenders on their heels, leading to Brad Martin playing a one two with Ethan Dunbar before seeing his shot saved and Dave Merrick following up to make it 2-0.

Five minutes later, with the game trickling into the last quarter of the match, Longlevens made it 3-0 when Rudi McKinnon’s floated free kick from the left hand side ended up in the bottom corner – with Brad Martin claiming a touch at the near post.

Cribbs pulled one back on 77 minutes meaning the game had produced four goals in 20 second half minutes.

It came when a ball forward saw Ryan Cainey have an effort blocked before he laid the ball across the six yard box and Ali Boyer bundled the ball past Ellis Parker to make it 3-1.

But as quickly as Cribbs felt they were in the game, they were back out of it again when great build up down the right hand side from Longlevens saw a number of one touch passes leading to Brad Martin slipping in Dave Merrick – who claimed his second of the game with a composed slotted finish.

Ethan Dunbar then had two great chances to add to the scoreline but was thwarted by Kingston after poking a Will Emery cross towards the bottom corner. Then after being found at the back post, his driven shot was cleared off the line.

With two minutes to a ball forward saw Steve Murray in one on one with Ellis Parker and his effort squeezed through Parker’s gloves to make it 4-2.

The win sees Longlevens move onto the half way stage of their Hellenic League campaign, with Craig Martin & Michael Palmer’s men sat in 8th place and still unbeaten at home in the league.

Levens move onto a local derby against Lydney Town on Saturday (27th), whilst Cribbs have a local game too, as they head to the Meadow for another top half clash with Brimscombe & Thrupp at the weekend.

Longlevens: Parker, Emery, Barnett, Long, Talbot, Williams, Merrick, O’Connor, Dunbar, Martin, McKinnon

Subs: Mcguirk, Kent, Troke, Haswell

Cribbs: Kingston, Bennett, Waldy, Cainey, Crouch, McErlain, Jones, Hedges, Boyer, Hodgson, Kellow

Subs: Nanoh, Payne, Murray, Radford, Harnett-Balkwill

M&S Roofing Man of the Match – Dave Merrick (Longlevens)

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