WINSFORD UNITED FC
Final 4 V 1 Score
Match abandoned on 70 minutes (Fog)
December 17th 2016
Hallmark Security League Premier Division
Steven Mills (Capt.)
MOM Brandon Moores
James Rothwell (Capt.)
Jordan Johnson Y
MOM Jordan Icely
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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 – With suspensions and departures making changes necessary it was a somewhat unusual line-up that was hoping to end Winsford’s run of defeats and poor performances. Andy Jones took the place of the departed Langley in goal, and John Bennett was borrowed from Mossley to cover the left back position. There was an interesting debut for Tom Fisher, a 24-year-old striker who had wide football league experience with Stockport County and Macclesfield Town.
First Half –
Tom Fisher made his presence felt as early as the second minute when a quick break by Nathan Cotterell saw the ball threaded through to the debutant whose snap shot flew inches over the bar. One minute later Fisher was in action again, this time James Rothwell’s cross saw a looping header saved under the bar.
GOAL!! Fisher was not to be denied for long and on nine minutes good work by Brandon Moores resulted in a cross that found the new signing waiting at the far post and he forced the ball over the line from a narrow angle.
The link up play by the Blues was causing havoc in the Irlam defence and one such move involving Cotterell and Moores saw the latter’s shot strike the outside of the post.
GOAL!! Fisher was in action again on the quarter hour mark. This time getting a deflection on Jordan Johnson’s shot that saw the ball find the bottom left corner of the net.
Going for his hat trick Fisher tried his luck with a lob from 45 yards but goalkeeper Lee White was sufficiently alert to catch the ball at the top right corner.
GOAL!! A harsh free kick on forty minutes saw the visitors pull a goal back when Matthew Boland’s well-placed strike from twenty-five yards avoided the wall and found the top right corner of Andy Jones’ net.
There was almost an equaliser in first half injury time but Gareth Mooney’s effort flew inches wide of the post.
Second Half –
GOAL!! Within twenty seconds of the restart Moores restored the two-goal advantage, breaking through and putting the ball in that place all strikers like, between the goalkeeper’s legs.
With the mist rising there were worried looks on the Winsford supporter’s faces and it seemed unlikely that the game could be played to a conclusion.
GOAL!! With what ultimately proved to be the last serious action of the game Johnson broke clear of the defence and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.
When a player went down injured and the Referee tried to call the Physio on it became apparent that he could not be seen from the bench and at that point it was obvious the game could not continue, so with seventy minutes on the clock the proceedings were brought to a premature conclusion.
Verdict – This looked much more like a Winsford team that the supporters expect and deserve with more all-round effort and commitment than has been shown in recent games. There were still a few wrinkles to be ironed out, particularly in defence where unnecessary free kicks were being given away. What is needed now is continuity, not the multiple changes of recent games. Unfortunately the result will be wiped off the records but the performance has given optimism for future games.
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