WINSFORD UNITED FC
Final 1 v 4 Score
PONTEFRACT COLLIERIES FC
September 23rd 2017
Hallmark Security League
Michael Langley Y
Mark Whitehouse (Capt.)
Chris Middleton (Capt.)
Will Foster Y
Luke Jeffs Y
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A = Man of the Match as voted by the opponents – Caution Y = Dissent Caution YD = Dismissal R
Winsford United Details
Intro – The Blues were looking at their last chance to earn some money form the FA Competitions but they couldn’t have had a much harder task against the team that is currently top of The North East Counties Premier Division with a record of eight wins out of nine. Their opponents had been watched and the opinion was they were a physically strong side who like to bully their opponents so this was a good test for the resolve of the Winsford squad.
First Half –
The hosts were under pressure as early as the second minute when a cross from the right somehow missed everyone. There was also pressure from the long throw-ins of Jack Greenhough.
The first chance for Winsford came on eight minutes when Ryan Hopper linked well with Ryan Steele but the latter’s shot flew inches wide of the post.
The Blues defenders seemed unable to stop the crosses coming in and Kane Reece was the next to see his cross evade everyone.
GOAL!! An unnecessary corner was the result of goalkeeper Michael Langley and Danny Kerr going for the same ball and as a result Mark Whitehouse rose unchallenged above everyone to head powerfully home.
Winsford perhaps should have levelled the score on twenty-nine minutes when Callum Gardner set up Steele but his blast seemed to be clearly stopped by the hand of a defender, unfortunately the Referee didn’t agree and waved play on. On forty minutes Gardner missed a clear cut chance when faced with just custodian Ryan Musselwhite to beat.
GOAL!! Injury time at the end of the first half saw the visitors increase their lead when yet another cross was turned into the net by Reece.
Second Half – Seventeen-year-old Robbie Hatton had looked a lonely figure up front with three burly defenders guarding him but to his credit he did manage to get two shots on target, unfortunately neither of them troubled Musselwhite unduly.
It did seem that most of the Blues players were unwilling or unable to stand up to the physical challenge of Pontefract and it was difficult to see how they were going to get back into the game.
GOAL!! Just the same as the previous two the third goal came as a result of a cross from the right. This time Eli Hey converting at the far post.
Winsford were creating chances but their shooting was mostly off target with Brandon Moores and Perry Bircumshaw both blasting over when faced with clear-cut chances.
GOAL!! The visitors rounded off their scoring on 79 minutes when once again Hey found himself unchallenged at the far post, giving him a simple tap-in.
The eightieth minute saw Winsford denied what once again looked like a clear penalty when Steele was scythed down as he broke into the six-yard box but once again the Referee signalled for no offence.
GOAL!! There was small consolation for the Blues supporters on 87 minutes when a scramble in the Pontefract box saw Moores poke the ball over the line from close range.
Injury time almost saw a spectacular goal from Justin Pickering when Musselwhite made a hash of a clearance and the substitute tried his luck from fully forty yards, unfortunately the ball dropped just wide of the upright.
Verdict – Disappointing to see so few of the Blues players able to respond the the physical challenge, also without a recognised striker they are always going to find it difficult to score goals. An approach has been made to a recognised striker with an impressive goal-scoring record so let’s hope the results can see a change next weekend.
The only one looking to be able to match the opponents with the physical side.
Impressive in defence.
As voted by the opponents
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