Michael Langley (Capt.)
Chris Tyson (Capt.)
Lee Duckworth Y
Lee McConchie Y
MOM Scott Taylor
MOM Tom Seddon
Kyle Riley Y
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Winsford United Details
Intro – It was back to cup action for the Blues in the competition they won in 2011. This was their first meeting with Litherland REMYCA, a team that entered the league last season. For Winsford there were no fewer than five changes from the starting line-up that won against Abbey Hey.
First Half – the Blues had the better of the opening exchanges with Dale Jennings having the ball in the net in the first minute. Unfortunately, the goal was ruled out by the Linesman’s offside flag. Jennings was in action again three minutes later, setting up Jordan Johnson who had the ball taken off his toes as he was about to pull the trigger. At the other end a mistake in the home defence gave Alex Ryan a great chance and it took a fine save by Michael Langley to deny him.
Winsford’s main threats were coming from Man-of-the-Match Dale Jennings but faced with a one-on-one against goalkeeper Lee Carr his lob cleared the keeper and the bar.
GOAL!! The Blues scored what proved to be the decisive goal on 21 minutes when Danny Kerr fed the ball through to Jordan Johnson and with the visitor’s appealing for offside the front man drew Carr out of his goal before sliding it under him and into the net.
Litherland almost scored what would have been the goal of the season on 36 minutes when a long cross from the right was met by a spectacular head-high volley by Ryan but the ball went like a missile high and wide. Two minutes later Jennings’ shot was tipped around the post by the visiting custodian and that proved to be the last serious action of the first half.
Second Half –
Langley was brought into action early in the second period, sprinting off his line to deny James McGrane who had broken clear.
On the hour mark Elliot Hull’s cross-cum-shot had a startled Carr extending himself to full stretch to tip the ball over the bar. Three minutes later Jordan Johnson beat the offside trap once again but his shot was blocked and cleared for a corner. Hull turned creator on 68 minutes, releasing Scott Taylor whose first time cross was headed wide by Johnson.
Winsford had a great chance to put daylight between themselves and their opponents when Liam Collins was brought down in the area and the Referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Johnson stepped up hoping to add to his early goal but his effort, though well directed, was lacking in pace allowing Carr to easily push the ball away. This was the fourth successive spot kick that Winsford have missed, something that needs to be addressed. There followed a period when Winsford seemed unable to keep the ball, giving it away far too easily.
The visitors, sensing that the Blues were losing control of the game, began to pile on the pressure and it took a desperate goal line clearance by Lee Duckworth to deny them an equaliser. It was a similar story with ten minutes left on the clock when a long shot from far out on the left by Ryan saw Langley scrambling to clear off the line.
Winsford held on in spite of all the pressure and they might have added to their score when Danny Egan, returning after a long injury lay-off met the ball on the volley but his effort was straight at the goalkeeper.
Verdict – If there is such a thing as an ugly victory this was it. Any way Winsford now go on the entertain Widnes in the quarter-finals on November 26th.
Covered every inch of the pitch
Solid in defence
As voted by the opponents