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29 April 2007 | RICHARD MARSH


Match Reports
Saturday 7th April 2007
North West Counties League Division 2
Eccleshall 0 Winsford United 1
Eccleshall were still without injured Karl Williams and Mark McDonald and with Arron Kelter and Charlie Reeves making themselves unavailable, Eccleshall manager Mark Askey gave home debuts to Andy Hadzik and Danny Biegus against high flying Winsford United.
Winsford took the early initiative with Liam Coyne heading narrowly wide after five minutes. Steve Intinhar, in the Eccleshall goal, brilliantly tipped over Rob Hopleys header before Eccleshall responded on the half hour when Matt mills opened up a chance but Winsford put bodies behind the ball to scrabble the cross away. Steve Intinhar kept Eccleshall in the game with a fine save from Rob Hopley. Half time 0-0
Eccleshall gave as good as they got with both defences giving little away. Winsford began to take more control midway through the half and with fifteen minutes left Steve Intinhar did well to hold a swerving long range effort from Lee Butterworth. However, new signing Danny Biegus forced Winsford keeper Jamie Mottershead into a save with Ian Banks firing in the rebound only to see what looked a certain goal cleared of the line. With the game looking like a well earned draw for the home side they were dealt a blow with eight minutes remaining when Gerrard McAllister finished off a move to give Winsford the three points. With the last move of the game Scott Weir nearly made it two but was denied by Steve Intinhar with a brilliant save.
Monday 9th April
North West Counties League Division 2
Eccleshall 1 Norton United 1
Both teams were missing key players with Eccleshall giving a debut to Shaun Coates. There were very few chances created in the first twenty minutes but the Russell Dematteo found the net for the home side only to be ruled offside. Nortons first chance came with four minutes lefty of the half, Steve intinhar superbly turning over an overhead kick from Steve Coclough. Norton took the lead a minute later when the ball was knocked into the box from the left and with two players clearly offside but with no flag the ball fell to Thomas Larusso who was brought down and a penalty awarded, Daniel Hughes making no mistake from the spot. Half-time 0-1
Steve Intinhar kept Eccleshall in the came shortly into the half with a fine save from a Peter Marsh free kick. Russell Dematteo fired a shot wide after good work by Jimmy Dunn as Eccleshall pushed forward. With five minutes left a Jimmy Dunn snap shot was turned away by Norton keeper, Dean Latham. Two minutes later Eccleshall were awarded a penalty when Jimmy Dunn was brought down, the referee turning down Norton appeals that it was outside the box. Jimmy Dunn made no mistake and fired home his 16th goal of the season.
North West Counties League Division 2
Eccleshall 2 Daisy Hill 0
With both main strikers missing Eccleshall beat Daisy Hill comfortable when the visitors were reduced to ten men, in their last home game of the season.
Eccleshall were the first to threaten when Ian Banks moved into a shooting position, his shot being well saved by Daisy Hills keeper Scott Moore. Matt Mills made a surging run down the right and finished with a low shot which whistle past the far post. Ian Banks gave Mark Nicklin a chance to shoot but the visitors keeper again saved well. Daisy Hills first chance came on the half hour when Alex Mart found himself in a good position but fired wide. Eccleshall should have taken the lead shortly afterwards when Mark Nicklin had only the keeper to beat but again he made a fine save. The game took a turn in Eccleshalls favour when Scoot Moore handled outside the box, the referee had no option but to send the keeper off. From the free kick Eccleshall took the lead Dean Ennion placing the kick high into the corner of the net.
Half-time 1-0
The pace of the game slowed in the heat of the day and it wasnt until just after the hour that Eccleshall sealed the points. On 65 minutes a fine move instigated by Danny Beigus was finished off by Mark Nicklin. Daisy Hill had a chance with fifteen minutes left to pull a goal back but Steve Intinhar made a brilliant save from Simon Farrells header. The game finished at a leisurely pace with Eccleshall in command.

Saturday April 21st 20078
North West Counties Division 2
Ashton Town 2 Eccleshall 0
Eccleshalls keeper Steve Intinhar failed to make the trip at the last moment due to a family illness, Dan Swindell deputised to make his debut for the club.
Ashton were the first to show when Paul Crowe tried a long range effort but it when wide of the post. Dan Swindell then kept Eccleshall in the game with a brilliant save from a Craig ward header. Again Swindell was brought into action, as Eccleshall were forced back, with a fine save from Jon Bullough whose shot looked a certain goal.
Swindell again with heroics, this time denying Chris McNally. However Ashton Town took a deserved lead when Chris McNally beat Swindell with a powerful header.
Paul Crowe was unlucky not to put Ashton two up when his cross field shot hit the upright. Half-time 1-0
Eccleshall pushed Aston Town back in the early stages of the second half and nearly equalised but Mark Nicklins shot was cleared of the line with keeper James Haseldine well beaten. Ashton increased their lead in the 70th minute when a throw in found Paul Crowe, he turned on the edge of the box to fire home. Eccleshall had a chance to pull one back but James Haseldine in the Ashton goal saved well from Mark Nicklin as the forward went clear of the defence. Mark Nicklin again just before the final whistle brought the best out of the home keeper. Eccleshall second half endeavours deserved a better result but again they failed to find the net.

Saturday 28th April 2007
North West Counties League Division 2
Bootle 6 Eccleshall 2
Eccleshall finished the season on a low after promising so much. A second half display of poor defending and chances missed lead to a scoreline which flattered Bootle.
The game started with both team cancelling each other out and it wasnt until 25 minutes into the game when Eccleshall showed first signs of life when Andy Garrett had a chance but pulled his shot wide. Eccleshall took the lead on 28 minutes following some good play, Jon Mills heading home from Andy Hadziks cross. Bootle equalised on 39 minutes, as the game came alive, Lee Hollywood hitting his shot into the top corner from 25 yards. Bootle took the lead minutes later, this time Andy Fowler hitting an unstoppable shot from 30 yards. Eccleshall equalised on 43 minutes when Andy Garretts cross field ball found Russell Dematteo whose shot was saved with the rebound hitting Chris OBrien, the ball entering the net for an own goal. Half-time 2-2
Eccleshall gave away a penalty shortly after the start of the half, Jamie Harvey converting from the spot. Eccleshall were denied a goal with a great save by Mark Mandsley from a left foot shot by Russell Dematteo. Bootle scored number 4 on 65 minutes when Robbie Boardman scored but only after Steve Intinhar had made a double save, in the Eccleshall goal. Bootle added another when Chris OBrien cut in from the left to score at the near post. Mark Nicklin through on goal should have pulled one back for Eccleshall but Mark Mandsley did well to beat the close range shot away. Danny Stevens then had a chance but Mandsley again denied Eccleshall with a great save from a close range shot. Mark Nicklin again was denied when the keeper went down to his left to lift the ball over the bar for a corner. Bootle then rubbed salt into Eccleshalls defensive wounds when, with two minutes left Andy Fowler made it six for the home side.

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