WINSFORD UNITED FC
Final 0 V 1 Score
RUNCORN TOWN FC
April 8th 2017
Hallmark Security League Premier Division
MOM Joseph Heath
Kyle Riley (Capt.)
Simon Thelwell (Capt.)
MOM Jordan Johnson
NEXT AWAY MATCH
April 10th 2017
NEXT HOME MATCH
April 17th 2017
MOM = Man of the Match as voted by the opponents – Caution Y = Dissent Caution YD = Dismissal R
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Intro – As the season draws to a close, the Blues were facing another team with ambitions of promotion. In spite of a couple of set-backs in the recent games the management team were still looking at the possibility of a top ten place. With Mike Langley injured Matt Green returned in goal and there was also a recall for Josh Perry at Right Back.
First Half –
A high ball into the Winsford box caused confusion on two minutes but Joshua Maguire headed the ball wide of the target. At the other end Sam Howell’s corner saw Chris Middleton’s far post header flash past the upright.
There was a blow for the Blues on seventeen minutes when their most industrious player Dale Jennings went off with a hamstring injury.
On 23 minutes a quick free kick saw Joseph Holt make space on the edge of the box but his mishit shot saw the ball drift harmlessly wide of the post.
GOAL!! What proved to be the only goal of the match came on 24 minutes and once again it was the old failing of giving away free kicks in dangerous places. There should have been no danger from Keiran Evan’s strike but it somehow found its way through the wall and although goalkeeper Matt Green got both hands to it he could only push the ball out to Simon Thelwell who converted from close range.
Both teams were finding it hard to control the ball on the rock hard sun-baked pitch and one minute later a fine run by Nathan Cotterell saw him tee the ball up for Jordan Johnson but a bobble resulted in him dragging the ball wide of the goal.
Ryan Steele was proving to be the hosts most creative player and when he supplied Kyle Riley with a pinpoint pass the Blues top scorer was unlucky to see his lob just clear the crossbar.
Another run down the right flank by Steele just before the break saw him deliver a cross that somehow missed everyone.
Second Half –
The half time cup of tea must have had a good effect on Winsford as they came out with all guns blazing after the interval.
It looked like Johnson had been brought down in the box but the Referee wasn’t interested and when the ball broke to Riley his goalbound shot was blocked by a desperate defender. On 55 minutes Cotterell looked certain to score but he was denied by Joseph Heath who flung himself across to block the ball on the line.
With the visitors looking nothing like promotion chasing candidates it seemed to be just a matter of time before the Blues gat back on level terms, however it took a remarkable one-handed save by Green to stop them adding a second goal.
A Lee Duckworth free kick on 72 minutes saw Riley’s glancing header blocked on the line and Cotterell’s follow-up suffered the same fate.
Holt broke free again on 77 minutes but a comical miscue saw the ball dribble yards wide of the post.
Showing a lack of ambition Runcorn treated the crowd to some blatant time-wasting in the closing minutes and the game petered out to something of a non-event.
Verdict – The healthy crowd deserved something better. The other players need to follow the examples set by Steele, Cotterell and Foster who could not be faulted for the effort they put in.
Box to Box Action
As voted by the opponents