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Winsford United v Runcorn Town

Winsford United 0 - 1 Runcorn Town
08 Apr 2017 - 15:00St Luke`s Barton Stadium
 

WINSFORD UNITED FC

Final 0 V 1 Score

RUNCORN TOWN FC

 

 

 

Saturday

April 8th 2017

Hallmark Security League Premier Division

 

2016/2017

Season

 

THE BLUES

RUNCORN TOWN

 

GK

Matthew Green

 

GK

Louis Mackin

 

 

2

Josh Perry

 

2

Joshua Maguire

 

 

3

Lee Duckworth

 

3

Keiran Evans

 

 

4

Dale Jennings

 

4

Matthew Woodward

 

 

5

Will Foster

 

5

MOM Joseph Heath

 

 

6

Chris Middleton

 

6

Carl Rodgers

 

 

7

Ryan Steele

 

7

Joseph Holt

 

 

8

Sam Howell

 

8

Paul McManus

 

 

9

Kyle Riley (Capt.)

 

9

Simon Thelwell (Capt.)

27

 

10

MOM Jordan Johnson

 

10

Philip Marsh

 

 

11

Nathan Cotterell

 

11

Kevin Exell

 

 

12

Elliot Hull

 

 

 

12

Joseph Kearns

2

76

 

 

14

James Rothwell

4

17

 

14

Craig Cairns

 

 

 

 

15

Brandon Moores

2

73

 

15

Mark McGregor

 

 

 

 

16

 

 

 

 

16

Craig Jones

8

71

 

 

17

 

 

 

 

17

Danny Jarrett

10

84

 

 

Referee:

Daniel Hitchell

Assistant 1:

Gary Donaldson

Att

172

HT

0-1

Assistant 2:

David Jones

                                 

NEXT AWAY MATCH

Monday

April 10th 2017

Atherton Collieries

7.45pm

NEXT HOME MATCH

Monday

April 17th 2017

1874 Northwich

3.00pm

MOM = Man of the Match as voted by the opponents – Caution Y = Dissent Caution YD = Dismissal R

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Royal Blue

Shirts

Red

Shorts

Royal Blue

Shorts

Red

Socks

Royal Blue

Socks

Red

Goalkeeper

Grey

Goalkeeper

 

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.

 

Blues Man-of-the-Match

Ryan Steele

Box to Box Action

Next Best

Nathan Cotterell

Deserved More

As voted by the opponents

 

 

Opponents Man-of-the-Match

 

 

 

Match Rating

A A

Blues Rating

A A