WINSFORD UNITED FC
Final 1 V 4 Score
1874 NORTHWICH FC
Monday April 17th, 2017
Hallmark Security League Premier Division
MOM Matthew Green
Ryan Steele Y
Matthew Woolley (Capt.)
Kyle Riley (Capt.)
MOM Samuel Hind
NEXT HOME MATCH
April 22rd 2017
NEXT AWAY MATCH
April 29th 2017
MOM = Man of the Match as voted by the opponents – Caution Y = Dissent Caution YD = Dismissal R
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Intro – Without a doubt the Blues biggest home match of the season, the local Derby has always produced entertaining matches and surprising results in the past, none more so that Winsford’s 4-0 victory in the reverse fixture. Unfortunately, there is little to play for with either team with the Blues looking at a mid-table finish and the visitors effectively out of the promotion chase following recent mixed form. With Caldon Henson being unavailable Chris Middleton returned at right back.
First Half –
GOAL!! There was the worst possible start for the Blues conceding a goal in the first minute. A quick break that saw the home defence still back in the dressing room saw the ball crossed to Sam Hind who had a simple tap-in.
On eight minutes 1874 should have added another but when Scott McGowan won a battle with Lee Duckworth and supplied Tom Bailey, the 1874 leading scorer faced with an open goal smashed the ball against the bar. One minute later at the other end Scott Taylor’s diving header also rattled the woodwork.
On 17 minutes Duckworth’s free kick saw Greg Hall scrambling to push the ball away at the foot of the post. The visitor’s quick breaks were looking dangerous against an unwieldy Winsford defence that seemed slow to react and Joseph Woolley should have made more of one break, losing control and running the ball out of play.
The hosts were beginning to take control of the midfield and Kyle Riley’s strike was saved at the foot of the post.
GOAL!! The Blues got on level terms on 36 minutes when fine play by Jordan Johnson out on the right resulted in a cross that saw Nathan Cotterell collect the ball with his back to the goal but he spun and drove the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.
After the early set back Winsford were beginning to take control and the woodwork was to save 1874 again on 38 minutes when Riley’s goal-bound shot was tipped onto the bar by Hall. Minutes later Sam Howell’s long throw saw Taylor’s glancing header blocked on the line.
Second Half –
The early minutes of the second period saw the excellent Will Foster’s interception deny Hind while at the other end Taylors header was pushed around the post by Hall.
The Blues came close to taking the lead on 57 minutes when Duckworth’s corner was headed past the post by Chris Middleton when perhaps he should have done better. One minute later Riley supplied Ryan Steele whose lob almost fooled Hall.
GOAL!! Winsford were to regret their misses as the hour mark approached when Taylor needlessly lost possession far out on the right and the resulting cross saw the unguarded Hind, waiting at the far post, head high into the net.
Ryan Steele seemed to be the only Blues forward capable of lasting the distance and his efforts on 63 and 67 minutes proved to be the last real threats posed by Winsford.
GOAL!! Substitute Adam Whitlock must have thought the game was a doddle when he came on and finding himself unchallenged as he approached the goal from the left flank he had all the time in the world to glide the ball past Green and into the bottom right corner of the net.
Green was in action again on 84 minutes, making a fine save from a deflected shot.
GOAL!! Whitlock added a fourth goal on 86 minutes when once again finding himself in the unguarded area on the left side of the Blues goal he converted with ease.
A promising first period had turned into a massive disappointment for the large number of Winsford supporters and also for the few Blues players who gave 100% effort.
Verdict – In front of the best crowd of the season the Blues turned in their worst defensive 45 minutes of the campaign.
One Shining Light
As voted by the opponents
A A A