Thank you to Martin O’Neill from Martin’s Double Glazing who has kindly purchased ten new footballs for the first team.
Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
I’m sure all the blues have seen that we’ve been busy this week, between the management team (Kev / Tick / Me) and Bob we have been working to get in players to strengthen the squad and improve it for the run in, below is a run down of the recent transfers:
Mike Langley – Michael made it known he was keen to rejoin the blues and when a player of his calibre becomes available you’d be a fool to miss out. He remains one of the best in the league so will give us headaches for first choice for the remainder of the season
Tom Clare – tom comes with a strong background. He is predominately a right back, likes to get forward and play football the right way. He comes highly recommended from our contacts higher up the pyramid so I’m looking forward to working with Tom.
Danny McDonnel (Frodo) – I’ve known Danny a while and he is a versatile defender who adds something I’ve felt we’ve been missing with regards to street smarts. He’s a very strong defender and will improve the back four where ever we deploy him.
Jack Banister – Jack has attract numerous recommendations from our local scouts. He can play on either wing or in the number ten role. He’s got great ability and I’m looking forward to seeing him in a blue shirt. He turned down many overtures from higher up the pyramid to join us.
Sam Riley – Sam leaves with our best wishes, he’s a top lad and a great player but has been limited to game time due to the form of our wide mean recently. He wants to play football so joins Sandbach for the rest of the season. I’m sure we’ll see Sam help them get promoted and hopefully we’ll see him in blue in the summer again.
Lee Duckworth – Winsford United Manager (more…)
Following last nights run away win at home to Cammell Laird we caught up with Lee Duckworth for his post match review:
‘We knew Cammel Lairds wouldn’t just roll over. They would come and work hard to make life difficult. They set up with 5 at the back and were happy to play on the counter. To be fair they soaked up our initial pressure well and grew into the game. They scored a goal that defensively from front to back we should of done better with, it started through us giving away possession softly as we became frustrated. They then sat back in and defended again, but it frustrated us and we were well below par for the remainder of the half
At half time we remained the players what we expected from them and what we had discussed tactically. We also adjusted the shape. We knew if we moved Cammel Lairds about then they couldn’t keep up the high tempo they had employed defensively. We eventually found a break through from a set piece and this then meant Lairds came out more allowing us to exploit the space better. The players did well in taking their chances, with JJ getting most of the headlines. I was pleased with the debuts of Steele and Bircumshaw, plus the return to action of Jenners and Warby showed the strength we have within the squad.’
Congratulations to Man of the Match Jordan Johnson:
‘We knew coming into the game that lairds were on the back of two good draws so we weren’t to take them lightly , first half they were hard to break down and the lads were not at it from the start , coming out for the second half we knew the next goal was vital , luckily we got it and then pushed on , it’s always nice too grab myself a hat trick and it was a brilliant second half team performance hopefully we can kick on now and go on another run.’ – JJ
Follow Ducko and the lads this Saturday as we travel to New Mills.
‘We have 4/5 players due back this week and still 2 more banned so the depth of the squad is improving all the time. The players know the next tough task is New Mills who are fighting for their lives and have some great players in their ranks.’ – Ducko.
Best of luck lads. Come on you blues!
Lee Duckworth’s post game review following Monday’s 1-1 draw to Runcorn Linnets:
‘We always knew Monday would be a tough game. We were short of 5 first team players so we had to call in a few friends to help out. Linnets are always challenging at the right end of the table with good resources. First half they had the larger share of possession but struggled to break us down at all and the fact they only scored through an error showed how strong we were defensively without us being anywhere near our best. JJ then scored a great equalising goal.
At half time we reminded the lads of how they had performed recently and what our strengths were so we were better second half. Chances for both teams were few and far between but it was a full blooded derby game played in the right spirit for most of the game.
We’ve now taken 4 points off linnets this season which is not easy to do so we have to take credit for that.
We now roll our sleeves up and go again saturday in another tough encounter at Afc Liverpool.
Follow the blues this Saturday as we take on AFC Liverpool.
Marine Travel Arena, College Road, Crosby. L23 3AS.
Lee Duckworths comments following a 2-3 away win at Maine Road:
‘Maine Road are always a tough side at home. They know how to play the pitch. They are a youthful side full of running and endeavour. First half, we scored early again through a brave finish from Sam. They struck back in disappointing fashion as we didn’t defend a counter attack well enough. Then James hit a screamer. We again showed frailty where we left too many spaces in midfield allowing it to develop into 5v4. Although the lad was offside when he scored, we didn’t help ourselves. At half time we asked the lads to be more compact and force Maine road down the sides. Jj then struck a great winner. All the lads played their part and even with 5 lads missing we showed the strength and depth the squads acquiring which is great. The players showed a determination to keep their current run going and its that never say die attitude which will we need as we enter a really tough run of fixtures starting Monday.’
Tomorrow night, Winsford welcome familiar rivals Runcorn Linnets to the St Lukes Barton Stadium.
‘They don’t come much bigger than Runcorn Linnets at home. Ello has assembled a great squad after a difficult start. We caught them cold at their place and I’m sure they will want to even the score tomorrow and keep up their hopes of pushing for the league. We have been in great form lately and we will need to keep that up tomorrow to have any chance of getting the result we want. Runcorn always bring a good following but I’m sure the firm will hold their own! I’m sure it will be a cracker.
Support the blues, this Monday 13th February, Kick off 7:45pm.
‘Last week was very frustrating for us and probably the rest of the league. It’s always worse when you are on a good run of form and games get called off, just as your hoping to capitalise on it. At present we are falling further behind on games, with us having 5 games in hand on some clubs. We managed to arrange a friendly Wednesday to give some players minutes and take a look at a couple of others. It was a useful exercise.
We travel to Nelson tomorrow, whom I firmly believe now lie in false position with the excellent signings they have made. They have a good blend of use and experience who hit teams with quick direct approach play. They have upset teams such as Atherton Colls at home so will be a force to be reckoned with. The players will have to approach the game with the same attitude as they did at Stockport County. We also hope to include a new signing in the squad who will definitely strengthen us and is well known to the blues faithful.
Hopefully we will see the “firm” in full force to cheer the lads on Saturday. C’mon you blues! – Lee