Hallmark Security NWCFL Division One South – Saturday 1st December 2018
Eccleshall 4 Maine Road 2
Eccleshall made it back to back league wins for the first time this season and in doing so completed the double against Maine Road.
Conor Docherty, Lewis Dunn and Izaak Walsh all returned to the starting line-up. Louis Downs, who had filled in at right back last week was preferred to Luke Walsh and there was a debut for new signing Lewis Grocott.
Within the first minute, Downs repaid the faith shown in him as he steered Tom Wakefield’s through ball into the bottom corner for his sixth goal of the campaign.
In the twentieth minute, Wakefield was unable to find the target after being picked out by Docherty and a minute later the Eagles had strong claims for a penalty as Serkari Ahmadi appeared to be bundled over as he got his shot away.
Maine Road who had a couple of half chances in the opening minutes found their equaliser on 25 minutes. On the break away from an Eccleshall corner, Lee Hendley capitalised on a slip by Grocott and although Owen Wyatt did well to save the initial shot, the rebound fell back into Hendley’s path and he made no mistake second time around.
On the half hour, Wyatt did well to keep the scores level, then Lewis Dunn and Downs blocked a free kick. At the other end, Dunn headed a Brad Carr corner wide.
Five minutes before the break the visitors’ keeper Alexander Fowell made a fantastic double save from Carr and then Wakefield. Eagles ‘keeper Wyatt was then called upon to make another save as Maine Road broke from the corner.
HT: Eccleshall 1 Maine Road 1
Luke Walsh replaced Downs in the opening minutes of the second half. Downs has been struggling with an injury for several weeks, similar to the one that is keeping Dan Needham on the side-lines.
On the hour, Eccleshall had the lead. Skipper Harvey Collins sent Wakefield away and his ball was turned into the net by Brad Carr.
Substitute Christoph Aziamale should have made the game safe with his first touch, but he couldn’t make enough contact with the ball. Izaak Walsh had no such problems though as latched onto George Burslem’s deflected pass and smashed the ball into the top corner giving Fowell no chance.
Five minutes from time, Aziamale had his goal and Eccleshall’s fourth as Luke Walsh provided the assist. Ahmadi then went close on two occasions; his first effort was blocked and the second saved.
In the fifth minute of added time, Maine Road added a second after a misplaced pass by Luke Walsh fell to Jamie Hill and he easily slotted the ball past Wyatt.
FT: Eccleshall 4 Maine Road 2
Eagles: Wyatt, Docherty, Grocott, I.Walsh, Collins, Dunn, Carr (Aziamale), Davies, Wakefield (Burslem), Downs (L Walsh), Ahmadi.
Unused subs: Gittins, Van der Laan.
Referee: Mr. Paul Sephton