Stockport Town v Eccleshall – Saturday 27th October 2018
Hallmark Security NWCFL Division One South
It was a game of two halves as Eccleshall visited the Stockport Sports Village for a Division One South fixture. Ominously, the matchday programme referred to their good head to head record against the Eagles and that they had scored more goals against Eccleshall than any other club.
With Ben Fraser and Jordan Bennion serving bans, Izaak Walsh and Joe Griffiths returned to the starting line-up, whilst Serkari Ahmadi replaced James Lewis on the left wing.
Eccleshall started the game on the front foot, keeping the ball well and constantly looking dangerous down the right side through Luke Walsh.
When the opening goal came on the quarter hour it was Walsh who sent Brad Carr away down the right wing, his cross being steered home at the far post by Callum Feeney leaving Town ‘keeper Alex Gorst with little chance.
Eccleshall continued to dominate for the rest of the half, their neat passing game only lacking further goals to reinforce their superiority. In truth, Stockport had posed little threat and the Eagles looked comfortable at the half time whistle.
HT: Stockport Town 0 Eccleshall 1
For as well Eccleshall played first half, the second was a very different story, Stockport pushed further up the pitch making it much harder for the Eagles to find the passes.
On fifty-three minutes, Owen Wyatt produced a wonderful save to deny Town the equaliser, but within two minutes the home side levelled as another corner was met by the unmarked Kieran O’Connell who headed home.
In the final twenty minutes, with the game still in the balance, Eccleshall self- destructed, twice within four minutes the ball was given cheaply away in midfield allowing Matthew Hanson and Adam Etches to score and the game was gone.
A penalty two minutes from time by Etches and a further goal in injury time from Hanson meant that its now 41 goals conceded in just 14 league games and the score line could have been more severe had it not been for three excellent saves from Wyatt. Indeed, the programme notes has proved prophetic and the jinx of Stockport Town had struck again.
FT: Stockport Town 5 Eccleshall 1
Eagles: Wyatt, Baker- Haynes, Dunn, I.Walsh, Collins, Griffiths, L.Walsh (Lewis), Carr (Downs), Wakefield (Aziamale), Feeney, Ahmadi.
Unused subs: Gittins, Putnam.
Referee: Mr Bilal Moosa