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League | Widnes Cup 2012 Group 1 (Adults)
Sat 28 Jul, 2012
Venue: Halebank FC
Cronton Villa FC
HALEBANK 0 – CRONTON VILLA 1
An intriguing match ensued as both Halebank and a fresh looking Cronton side went about this game with real meaning and purpose, as both teams looking to get a good start and earn the 3 points needed in this Group 1 game. Cronton had 7 new debutants on the teamsheet.
Both teams started well with Cronton playing some tidy football, with an impressive Steven Cook making darting runs from right back. Villa Debutant Graham Lee was the playmaker in midfield linking up well with another fellow Debutant Matty Fisher on the left. But that didn’t stop Halebank’s competitive tackling to keep the game alive with Captain Lee Woolem leading the charge.
Both teams had chances, but some outstanding goalkeeping from another Villa debutant Matty Connor kept Halebank from getting an early goal.
At the other end a Free Kick on the head of Greg Byrne was acrobatically saved by Halebank’s Andrew Forshaw who somehow managed to paw it out for a corner.
As half time approached Villa were making Halebanks defence work hard with Paul Tillett’s work ethic starting to pay dividends, but with Richie Hughes marshalling the Halebank back four which included Daniel Brothaston, Mick Kelly and Daniel Smith it was hard work for the villa forward.
On the break Halebanks Matty Perry was working hard with Nick Ellis to feed their forward attacking line but at each interaction and every chance that was created it just didnt fall their way and the ball was cleared or saved.
The breakthrough came on 43 mins when Paul Tillett got the chance he needed from an assist from Greg Bryne who lifted the ball for Tillett to volley from inside the 25 yrd box,. the ball flew through a melee of Halebank players for Forshaw to see it too late as the ball nestled nicely to the left side of the goal.
After Half Time Halebank came at Cronton with gusto but they were still finding it hard to break down Villa’s defence with Captain Anthony Durr winning the majority of headers that came his way.
Soon Villa were having to make changes due to a few injuries sustained to their Centre Half and this led other debutants Paul Roberts and Paul Ashcroft to take to the field with Ste Dennett already coming as Sub in the first half for Aaron Allen’s injury.
Halebank could sense the opportunity to take advantage as Villa tried to settle back down and the front line of Conor Speed and Jack Nolan were starting to break through and many chances were created.
Villa’s goalkeeper was keeping them in it as the last 15 mins was all Halebank but Cronton managed to dig deep and showed heart as the attack continued.
The final kick of the game was a shot that hit the underside of the crossbar and rebounded down towards the goal line.. was it in ? Goalline technology required... but the referee waved play on only for the whistle to be blown for full time. 1 nil to Cronton Villa.
An entertaining, very competitive and hard fought first group game that epitomised the spirit of the Widnes Cup.
Goals : Paul Tillett
Man of the match for Cronton Villa was Goalkeeper Matty Connor
Man of the match for Halebank was Matty Perry
Referee : Steven Green