WINSFORD UNITED FC
Final 1 v 0 Score BARNOLDSWICK TOWN FC
August 12th, 2017
Hallmark Security League
Damian Skolorzynski Y
James Crorken (Capt.) Y
Danny Kerr (Capt.)
Joel Melia MOM
Ryan Hopper MOM
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MOM = Man of the Match as voted by the opponents – Caution Y = Dissent Caution YD = Dismissal R
Winsford United Details
Intro – The Blues went into this first league match of the campaign hoping to forget the massive disappointment of going out of the FA Cup at the very first hurdle.
Ryan Hopper made his first start and manager Lee Duckworth replaced Chris Middleton at the centre of defence. The visitors had an impressive line-up with former Colne stars Joel Melia and Danny Boyle posing the main threat.
First Half – The first clear chance fell to the Blues on seven minutes when a neat link up on the right between Scott Taylor and Mike Koral set the ball up for Ryan Hopper but his shot was high and wide. At the other end Michael Langley had to be on his toes to deny Zack Dale, saving with outstretched legs. One minute later Dale was in action again, this time his shot being deflected inches wide of the upright. Callum Gardner’s 25-yard effort suffered a similar fate and Mike Koral’s cross from the right somehow missed everyone as the hosts piled on the pressure.
The crowd were treated to end-to-end action but both sides suffered hesitation when the goal was in sight. Snap shots from Scott Taylor, Danny Kerr and Gardner all failed to test Connor King in the visitor’s goal and the teams went into the break honours even.
Second Half – The end-to-end action continued in the second period with the Blues content to build up slowly through the midfield and their opponents relying on long raking balls down the flanks.
As the half progressed Winsford began to take almost complete control with the main danger from Barnoldswick coming from the ever dangerous Joel Melia whose sorties down the right were well controlled by Perry Bircumshaw.
Possession didn’t lead to fruitful goal attempts with Jordan Johnson, Taylor and Gardner all failing at the final hurdle, Taylor in particular might well have had a hat-trick but his efforts were inches wide or just over the bar.
GOAL!! The break came on 74 minutes when the visitors failed to clear and the resulting scramble in the box saw Koral the first to react, converting from close range. Not the best goal you’ll ever see but one that proved decisive to the outcome of the match.
The introduction of Danny Hudson gave the Blues a further boost and it was great to him looking like the player from early last season. Within two minutes of entering the fray he might well have scored when Koral’s hard cross struck him at the near post and the ball dropped just wide of the post.
On 85 minutes Gardner looked to have made certain of the points when he cut in from the right and he released a left foot shot but the ball struck the far upright and rebounded back into play. Two minutes later the same player’s free kick cleared the bar by inches.
Verdict – It said a lot for the Blues’ reshuffled defence that they could keep out a forward line that looked full of goals. They need to carry on this form against Hanley Town, another free-scoring team with very dangerous forwards.
Controlled a very dangerous player
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