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ECCLESHALL LOOSE FIRST HOME LEAGUE GAME

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31 December 2006 | RICHARD MARSH

ECCSHALL 1 CHEADLE TOWN 2

Saturday 30th December 2006
North West Counties League Division 2
Eccleshall 1 Cheadle Town 2
All the hard work of the groundsman and his assistant to get the game on came to no avail has Eccleshall suffered their first home league defeat of the season, to dent their promotion hopes.
Eccleshall had the first real chance of the game after 8 minutes when Karl Williams threaded his way into the box, his shot going narrowly wide. Barry Cotterill, for Cheadle, went close mid way through the half but his effort went just the wrong side of the post. Dave Abel, in the Eccleshall goal, then made a stunning save from James McDonagh. Charlie Reeves then saw Cheadles Peter Mellor save a shot, with his legs as Eccleshall responded.
Half-time 0-0
Eccleshall made a dramatic start to the half when they took the lead after Ian Banks was brought down in the box. Jimmy Dunn firing home from the spot kick. The game became a midfield battle for a while before Cheadle made a break through, equalising when James McDonagh scored following a good move, on 55 minutes. Eccleshall battled away and were unlucky not to take the lead ten minutes later but Matt Mills saw his shot crash against the woodwork. Both sides battled hard in the worsening conditions and the game like the ball became stuck in the mud until a spectacular strike won the game for Cheadle. With fifteen minutes left in the game Andy Lindon found himself in possession some 30 yards out on the left side of the pitch. His first touch was good and his second sent an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net to give Cheadle the lead. Eccleshall battled hard in the last minutes of the game but that elusive equaliser never came.



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