Staveley Miners Welfare
Winsford United FC
Jamie Coulson (75)
Nathan Cotterell (41, 58)
FA Cup Extra Qualifying Round
Ricky Hanson (Capt.) Y
Tom Ellis Y
James Rothwell (Capt.) Y
Adam Colton Y
Ashley Rawson Y
Dale Jennings Y
Jamie Coulson (11/61)
Danny Hudson (11/75)
Chris Shelton (8/74)
George Settle (10/75)
Danny Kerr (15/85)
MOM = Man of the Match as voted by the opponents
Caution Y = Dissent Caution YD = Dismissal R
Winsford United Details
Assistant Referee One
Assistant Referee Two
Two Fine Strikes
As voted by the opponents
Intro – It was all-change in the line-up with Adam Bayley returning to the centre of defence to partner Sam Parr, just registered from Mossley. Up front Nathan Cotterell was preferred to Kyle Riley and with Danny Hudson carrying a knock he was relegated to the subs bench with Liam Collins replacing him on the left side of midfield.
On a bright sunny day, the Blues were greeted with a superb surface and an excellent setup. Probably the best at this level we have seen for a long time.
First Half – The hosts had the best of the opening minutes and an unnecessary corner gave them a good chance on eleven minutes. However, Luke Rafferty rose above everyone else only to put his glancing header wide of the target.
The first chance for the visitors came on seventeen minutes when Harry Brazel fed Nathan Cotterell but his snap shot from a wide angle was saved at the foot of the post.
Winsford began to take control of the early play with the hosts tactics of long balls down the middle being carefully controlled by Adam Bayley and Sam Parr.
As the half hour mark approached a corner from the left resulted in a mad scramble in the Blues box when a goal looked certain until Scott Taylor finally cleared the ball.
Slack defending gave Jordon Eldridge the best chance of the game so far but his shot was weak and easily saved. One minute later with play swinging from end to end Lee Duckworth’s free kick saw Bayley’s header flash inches wide of the target.
Michael Langley was brought into action on 37 minutes when it took a great save to deny Leigh Hutchinson.
GOAL!! Cotterell looks to be a great find and with his strength on the ball and control he was causing all sorts of problems. When Liam Collins’ perfectly weighted pass gave him a one-on-one with marker Luke Rafferty on 41 minutes he held off the defender before putting a left foot shot across Goalkeeper Ed Eley and into the bottom right corner of the net.
The visitors so nearly added another two minutes later when Dean Clarke’s deflected shot looked to be looping over Eley and into the net but the custodian stretched to full full length and the slightest fingertip contact saw the ball tipped over the bar.
The Blues weren’t finished even then and when Cotterell set up Dale Jennings he was unlucky to see his shot fly inches over the bar.
Second Half –
Jennings was in action again early in the second period, drawing a fine save by Eley. Winsford might have guessed it was going to be their day on 55 minutes when good work out on the right by Hutchinson saw Kieran Watson two yards out in front of an open goal but inexplicably he failed to make contact with the ball. Good work by Taylor out on the right on 58 minutes saw his cross meet Parr at the far post but his shot smashed against the far upright and was cleared.
GOAL!! Parr’s close call didn’t really matter as seconds later a fine dazzling run by Taylor that started on the edge of his own area and a pinpoint through ball released Cotterell as he ran in from the right and he made no mistake, once again driving the ball past Eley and into the bottom right corner of the net.
Tired legs and the hot sunshine saw the home side throw on substitutes to try to save the game but most of their efforts were from long range and missing the target.
GOAL!! The Trojans pulled a goal back on 75 minutes when the Blues failed to clear out on the right and the cross was turned home from close range by substitute Jamie Coulson.
Winsford were not to give up so easily and they took control of the game once again in the closing minutes and it looked more likely that they would add to their score with Danny Hudson’s effort from far out on the left grazing the outside of the far right post.
Verdict – A fine display with every player giving 100% effort. The next round will be on August 20th with a visit to neighbours Alsager Town.