ABBEY HEY FC
Final 1 V 2 Score WINSFORD UNITED FC
September 30th 2017
Hallmark Security League
Michael Langley A
Danny Kerr (Capt.)
Sam Freakes (Capt.)
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Winsford United Details
Intro – Winsford were looking to get back to winning ways after a couple of poor performances. They were facing goalkeeper Ross Heywood who had been released by the Blues at the beginning of the week to help Abbey over an injury problem.
First Half –
Ex-Blue Ross Heywood was in action as early as the 11th minutes, tipping Justin Pickering’s goal bound shot around the post. At the other end Matthew Cook’s cross was put past the wrong side of the upright by Ashford Blake.
Robbie Hatton was the next to go close, his looping header from Callum Gardner’s cross dropping inches on top of the net.
Heywood was in action again on 28 minutes, saving low down from Gardner while Mike Langley had to make a smart dash out of his area to deny Blake, his clearance fell to Djenny Bembo forty yards out but his long range effort dropped wide of the post.
Winsford were playing the offside trap that has let them down several times in recent games but with Danny Kerr alongside Will Foster in the back four the defence looked much better organised.
There were further efforts from Ryan Hopper and Blake but the goalkeepers remained untroubled.
GOAL!! Just as it looked as if the teams would go into the break on level terms the visitors took the lead in spectacular fashion. When Hatton was flattened 25 yards out manager Lee Duckworth grabbed the ball and his dead ball kick found the top right corner of the net leaving Heywood grasping at thin air.
Second Half –
The hosts began the second period the livelier of the two teams but most of the play was still confined to midfield.
GOAL!! The home side equalised with what was a replica of Duckworth’s score when a free kick was carelessly given away on the right edge of the area and Captain Sam Freakes stepped up to send the ball in the identical spot to Duckworth’s strike.
It still looked like the three points were there for the taking by the side that had the greatest resolve and the introduction of Danny Hudson added impetus to the Winsford attack with his strong running.
Langley’s poor clearance on 64 minutes presented the ball to one time Blues target George Noon but he drove the ball wide of the open target.
As the game progressed the rain that had fallen since the first whistle was making the surface tricky but it looked as though Abbey Hey were the team looking for a winner as they put the Winsford back four under heavy pressure.
On 84 minutes it took a fine tackle by Will Foster to deny Noon but his efforts looked to have been wasted when the resulting corner saw Brandon Moores adjudged to have pulled an opposition player back by his shirt collar and the Referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Freakes drove the resulting penalty hard and low to the bottom left corner but Langley pulled off a great save, pushing the ball around the post.
GOAL!! Four minutes later the hosts were to regret their miss when Moores’ went from villain to hero with a surge of blistering pace that took him into the left edge of the area and his perfectly judged lob cleared Heywood and dropped over the line.
The were a few nervous moments for the Blues in the closing couple of minutes with a mad scramble in the box that they managed to clear and another fine save by Langley to deny Rhys Webb.
Verdict – Winsford look to have solved their problems at the centre of defence with the combination of Danny Kerr and Will Foster hardly putting a foot wrong throughout the entire game. There was also Ryan Hopper’s best performance in a Winsford shirt and with Brandon Moores and Danny Hudson getting back to their best after injury problems the future looks bright for those Blues supporters who follow the team home and away. It was also worth mentioning that the game was played in great spirit with the Referee keeping his cards firmly in his pocket.
In his rightful position
Great save that gave us the three points
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