Final 2 V Score 1
WINSFORD UNITED FC
Monday April 10th 2017
Caldon Henson Y
Gareth Peet (Capt.)
Joshua Messer Y
Matthew Grimshaw Y
Sam Howell Y
Kyle Riley Y (Capt.)
Jordan Johnson Y
Mark Truffas Y
Darrhyl Mason Y (8/74)
Aaron Stott Y (7/46)
Sam Cook (10/69)
David Sherlock (10/59)
Mark Battersby (9/88)
NEXT HOME MATCH
April 17th 2017
NEXT AWAY MATCH
April 29th 2017
MOM = Man of the Match as voted by the opponents
Caution Y = Dissent Caution YD = Dismissal R
Winsford United Details
Intro – The Blues continued their series of games against promotion candidates with an encounter against the team that looked to be unstoppable at the top of the table.
First Half –
Kicking up the prodigious slope Winsford were the first to create and opening when Jordan Johnson’s speculative shot from 25 yards saw goalkeeper Adam Reid scrambling to push the ball away from the foot of the post.
GOAL!! The Blues shocked the home crowd on 10 minutes with a goal from Nathan Cotterell. When Kyle Riley won a header near the left touchline the ball was collected by the Winsford wide man and side-stepping a couple of opponents he moved the ball onto his deadly left foot and drove it across Reid and into the far corner of the net.
The goal was nothing more than what the visitors deserved as they were clearly on top in the opening minutes. Three minutes later Reid was in action again dashing off his line to deny Scott Taylor. Taylor was to go close again shortly after, this time his header forcing Reid to save low down.
The first real chance for the home side came on 22 minutes when Blues Number One Matthew Green was forced to make a save at the foot of the post from Mark Truffas.
Cotterell was proving to be a real handful for the Atherton Defence and when his effort was palmed away by Reid, Riley saw his snap shot fly over the bar. It was Cotterell again on the half hour, this time his goal bound drive for the right edge of the box resulted in a fine save by the busy Colls custodian.
The first of a series of nine cautions came on 34 minutes when the Referee booked Johnson for what looked to be a fifty-fifty challenge on Reid.
As the break approached Green was in action for a second time, making a great point blank save when Vincent Bailey looked certain to score.
GOAL!! The equalising goal came in a puzzling 4th minute of added time when a loose ball in the visitor’s box was hammered into the top of the net by Jordan Cover.
Second Half –
Only one word came describe Winsford’s start to the second period – Blistering! With a series of six corners in the first few minutes the Collieries defence must have wondered what hit them. Riley was the first to have his shot blocked on the line and James Rothwell’s shot-cum-cross was turned inches over his own bar by defender Jamie Forbes. Riley’s effort was the first of an incredible eight strikes by the Blues that were blocked on the line in the hectic second half.
The prodigious long throw by Caldon Henson was another valuable weapon to test the stricken defence.
GOAL!! Completely against the run of play and a clear example of how luck can play in football, George West scored the goal that would prove to be the decider. To be fair it was the result of a fine move that saw the front man convert from close range.
No to be deterred Winsford continued to pepper the home goal and Lee Duckworth’s 63rd minute free kick saw another fine save by Reid, pushing the ball round the post. Cotterell was the next to be denied by a goal line block, this time a header from Aaron Stott’s cross.
On 68 minutes Rothwell’s header dropped inches wide of the post and so it continued. A scramble in the box that saw three shots being blocked on the line ended with Rothwell being flattened as the was lining the ball up. The Referee waved the appeals away and this was the first of two penalty denials that changed the course of the game.
On 86 minutes Winsford were denied again, this time a defender’s blatant handball was presumably unseen by the man in the middle.
Ball after ball was launched into the besieged Collieries box but the equaliser they deserved never came for Winsford.
Verdict – Winsford were denied a famous victory by some desperate defending by Atherton. The nine cautions issued seemed out of character with the match as players of both sides seemed guilty of nothing other than 100% commitment. Any neutral watching the game would have thought that Winsford were clear at the top of the table and their opponents were the mid-table strugglers. The Atherton officials stated after the game that Winsford were the best team they had faced all season and no other side had put them under so much pressure. Sometimes Football is just not fair!
Best Player on the pitch
Nearly back to his best.
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