ECCLESHALL 3 HOLKER OLD BOYS 1
17 December 2006 | RICHARD MARSH
FIRST HALF DISPLAY SEALS IT FOR THE EAGLES
North West Counties League Division 2
Eccleshall 3 Holker Old Boys 1
Eccleshall welcomed back Mark McDonald after a long injury and new signing Chris Rowley but were without suspended Russell Dematteo. Eccleshall continued their good league form to remain in third place with games in hand over the top two with a fine first half display.
Eccleshall were the first to show and should have taken the lead after 5 minutes but McDonald rolled his shot the wrong side of the post. Eccleshall had most of the possession but made hard work of the finishing off their good play. However they were rewarded on 26 minutes when McDonald set up Jimmy Dunn to score. The forwards shot from the edge of the box sneaking in just inside the post and under Sam Stephens arms as Holkers keeper dived in vain to keep the ball out. Eccleshall missed another chance on the half hour when as Dunns cross found Oliver Warrender head, the ball flashing past the post. Eccleshalls second came after 36 minutes when Warrender made a move down the right before finding Karl Williams at the far post. Williams left foot volley striking the inside of the post before finding the net. Holker were struggling to contain Eccleshall now and with a minute of the half left Jimmy Dunn scored his second. Brilliant play between Mark McDonald and Steve Millington setting up Dunn to crash a left foot shot into the corner of the net.
Holker finally got involved in the game and opened the second half in a positive way and were rewarded with a goal on 50 minute by Rob Bruce after he was sent clear.
The game became a stale mate for a time and very few chances created. With the points in the bag and the game heading towards the end Sam Stephens was called upon to save from Karl Williams and then another Karl Williams effort just flew over from 25 yards.
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