EAGLES CRASH AT HOME TO CHEADLE HEATH NOMADS

After their opening day win at Maine Road, Eccleshall suffered a heavy home defeat to Cheadle Heath Nomads, who were promoted from the Cheshire League last season.

Cheadle Heath went in front on the tenth minute, a long ball splitting the home defence found Terrence Butler who fired passed Reece Quinn in the home goal. The visitors almost doubled the lead immediately, the ball given away cheaply on the edge of the area only resulting in a shot off target.

Eccleshall worked their way back into the game, making several chances, Shay Finney fired wide from a Jordan Bennion corner and Dan Needham, picked out by Louis Downs, was unable to trouble the Nomads keeper Aaron Tyrer.

Last season’s top scorer Downs was again involved in the action, missing the target after good work by Serkari Ahmadi and Needham, then after being sent clear by Callum Feeney he couldn’t go around the keeper.

On the half hour, Eccleshall almost found the equaliser, Needham exchanged passes with Ahmadi, but again the Nomads keeper was up to the task.

Five minutes before the break, Cheadle Heath doubled their lead, a ball into the box led to Quinn making the initial save, but when the ball came to Philip Yuille, he beat the Eagles ‘keeper from just outside of the area.

HT. Eccleshall 0 Cheadle Heath Nomads 2

Things got little better for the Eagles in the second half when, on the hour, Quinn was unable to hold onto a long ball into the area and when it was crossed in, Butler headed into the empty net for his second goal of the game.

Cheadle ensured the points were safe with twenty minutes to go, when a strike by Ashley Harrison from distance beat Quinn.

Downs did pull a goal back for Eccleshall on 72 minutes, finishing neatly after good play from Needham and Jake Standbridge led to him slotting the ball past Tyrer into the net.

The game finished on a sour note, Cheadle Heath having Harrison and Daniel Browne sent off for violent conduct in separate incidents.

FT. Eccleshall 1 Cheadle Heath Nomads 4

Eagles: Quinn, Collins, Bennion, Standbridge, Thomas (Carr), Feeney, Finney (White), Walsh (Wakefield), Ahmadi, Downs, Needham.

Unused subs: Baker-Haynes, Dunn.

Attendance 51

Referee Mr. Paul Sephton (Warrington).

Eccleshall are at home again on Saturday when Barnton, relegated from the Premier Division last season, are the visitors to Pershall Park (kick off 3.00pm)