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Northwich Victoria v Winsford United

Northwich Victoria 0 - 4 Winsford United
19 Aug 2017 - 15:00Ground: Townfield, Address: Townfield Lane Barnton, Cheshire, CW8 4LH
 

NORTHWICH VICTORIA FC

Final 0 V 4 Score WINSFORD UNITED FC

 

Saturday

August 19th, 2017

Hallmark Security League

 

2017/2018

Season

 

Northwich Victoria

Winsford United

 

GK

Ritchie Mottram

 

GK

Michael Langley

  

2

Adam Lawrence

 

2

Damian Skolorzynski Y

65

 

3

Danny McDonnell

 

3

Perry Bircumshaw

  

4

James Oppone

 

4

Danny Kerr (Capt.)

33

 

5

Reece Lyndon (Capt.)

 

5

Lee Duckworth

  

6

John Bennett

 

6

Will Foster

  

7

Stuart McDonald

 

7

Scott Taylor Y

22

 

8

Oliver Walker

 

8

Ryan Hopper

  

9

Yaw Gyimah

 

9

Nathan Cotterell

  

10

Brian Matthews

 

10

Mike Koral

  

11

Sam Marshall A

 

11

Callum Gardner A

1

 
 

Subs Bench

     

12

Jordan Cobley

10

13

 

12

Ryan Steele

    

14

Matty Shaw

2

76

 

14

Danny Hudson

10

55

  

15

Joshua Kavanagh

   

15

Chris Middleton

5

71

  

16

Michael Berrisford

3

68

 

16

Brandon Moores

    

17

Will Smith

   

17

George Riley

4

74

  
              

 

Referee:

Jack Hall

Assistant 1:

Matthew Tyers

Att

 

HT

 

Assistant 2:

Callum Gough

      

NEXT AWAY MATCH

Friday

August 25th     

Runcorn Linnets

7.45pm

NEXT HOME MATCH

Monday

August 28th

Widnes

3.00pm

 

A = Man of the Match as voted by the opponents – Caution Y = Dissent Caution YD = Dismissal R

 

 

Opponents Details

Winsford United Details

Shirts

Green/White

Shirts

Blue

Shorts

Green

Shorts

Blue

Socks

Green

Socks

Blue

Goalkeeper

Green

Goalkeeper

Yellow

Intro –  The last time the two teams met in a league match was fifty years ago so this was a notable fixture. Bright sunshine and an excellent surface made this a match that both sets of fans could look forward to and enjoy. The Blues were boosted by the return of Nathan Cotterell after a spell at Nantwich Town.

First Half –

GOAL!! The visitors got off to a dream start with a goal after just thirty seconds! Straight from the kick-off Perry Bircumshaw released Mike Koral down the left, and leaving the defence in his wake he crossed the ball to Nathan Cotterell who promptly teed it up for Callum Gardner on the edge of the area, and he drove it smarty into the bottom left corner.

Northwich, clearly stung, launched their own attack on four minutes when ex-Blue Sam Marshall was released. It looked as if Will Foster had brought him down on the edge of of the area but the Referee, who was right on the spot waved play on.

Koral was causing big problems, perhaps inspired by Dario Gradi, his mentor from his Crewe Alex days who was watching.

Although they were playing up the slope and against the wind Winsford were looking far more dangerous than their opponents and ex-Blue custodian Ritchie Mottram had to be on his toes saving Koral’s effort.

On twelve minutes there was an isolated attack from the home side when Yah Gyimah cut in from the left but his shot was over the bar.

There was a blow for Vics on thirteen minutes when top scorer Brian Matthews went off injured and was replaced by Jordan Cobley.

GOAL!! The Blues doubled their lead on 22 minutes when Koral, this time venturing down the right flank, released Gardner whose cross to the far side of the area was met by Scott Taylor’s thundering header, giving Mottram no chance.

Cotterell was showing glimpses of last season’s form and his long range effort brought Mottram into action once again.

GOAL!! The third goal came on 33 minutes and once again Koral was the creator, this time driving the ball hard into the six-yard box where Danny Kerr managed to deflect it into the net with the assistance of an outstretched knee.

It seemed at this stage that Winsford looked likely to score with every attack while at the other end Michael Langley was pretty much just an onlooker.

The few home attacks were snuffed out by the combative midfield of Ryan Hopper and Danny Kerr and Lee Duckworth partnering Will Foster at the centre of the defence seems to have solved the problems in that area.

Second Half –

 Northwich came out after the break in a much more determined mood and in the first minute Stuart McDonald’s free kick was met by Reece Lyndon’s header but the ball flew wide of the upright. A couple of minutes later McDonald’s hard cross from the right somehow missed everyone when any sort of touch would surely have seen the deficit reduced.

The visitors were still looking very dangerous with Damian Skolorzynski linking well with Cotterell, but there was a blow on 55 minutes when Koral raced through, but with a goal looking certain he had to pull up with a thigh injury and Winsford’s most creative player played no further part in the match.

Gardner’s shot on the hour flashed inches wide of the post as Winsford continued to press.

GOAL!! Any remote thoughts of a comeback by Northwich were dispelled on 65 minutes when Skolorzynski found space on the right edge of the box and although his blast at goal was not as spectacular as his strike against Hanley it was good enough to beat Mottram who got a hand to the ball but was unable to prevent it entering the left corner of the net.

Winsford might well have added a couple more in the closing minutes with substitute George Riley’s effort being deflected over the bar and the resulting corner seeing an miss at the far post by Chris Middleton. There was also an extraordinary sortie into the area by Bircumshaw who ghosted past three defenders with a mixture of step-overs and body swerves.

Right on ninety minutes Cotterell was denied the goal he deserved, his turn and shot being palmed round the foot of the post.

Verdict –  Ninety minutes of entertaining football by Winsford with the defensive frailties now a thing of the past. Hopefully the first of many five-star performances.

 

Blues Man-of-the-Match

Damian Skolorzynski

Never wasted a ball and added a goal as well

Next Best

Mike Koral

Fifty-Five minutes of threat.

As voted by the opponents

Callum Gardner

 

Opponents Man-of-the-Match

Sam Marshall

 

 

Match Rating

A A A A A

Blues Rating

A A A A A