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Atherton LR
 (36', 45', 51')
Full time
J Standbridge (65' Sent Off), T Wakefield (46', 83'), L Dunn (85'), L Downs  (90')
Sat 5 May 15:00 - North West Counties Football League - Division One Attendance 54

Atherton LR 3 Eccleshall 4


Ten man Eagles snatch added time winner at Crilly Park.

Eccleshall travelled to Crilly Park in good heart following Wednesday's home win against New Mills. Owen Wyatt replaced the unavailable Matt Johnson in goal and Lewis Dunn replaced Jordan Bennion.

Eccleshall started playing down the Crilly Park slope. David Moore had an early effort easily held by Wyatt. Theodore Kidd then outpaced Ben Cashmore and Dunn had to clear the cross. LR keeper Ben Purdham then came out to collect at the feet of Tom Wakefield following a Louis Downs cross. Then Shay Finney headed wide from a Danny Needham cross. A corner by Ben Giverin was headed against the Eagles bar by the dangerous Kidd with Wyatt beaten. Kidd outpaced Cashmore again and his shot was over the bar. On 36 minutes, LR took the lead when Kidd outpaced Callum Feeney to the byline and his hard low cross found Giverin on the edge of the box and his powerful drive found the roof of the net, giving Wyatt no chance. As Eccleshall looked to pull the goal back, Wakefield played a crossfield ball and Purdham raced out to collect from Downs. Wakefield then miscued a shot well wide of the post. On 43 minutes, LR went two up when Kidd beat two men in the box and brought a good save out of Wyatt - however, the ball ran clear and Kyle Tomlinson netted. Right on half time, Wakefield pulled one back for the Eagles when he found the net past Purdham.

Half Time: Atherton LR 2 Eccleshall 1

Eccleshall went 3-1 down within six minutes of the second half when the defence failed to clear their lines and the ball looped into the net with what appeared to be a deflected own goal. Moments later, Kidd ran through but hit the ball wide of the post. George Burslem replaced Needham as Eccleshall looked to pull back the deficit. Their task was made harder when they were reduced to ten men after Jake Standbridge picked up two yellow cards within the space of a few minutes and was sent off. Somehow, this seemed to inspire the Eagles and Downs found Wakefield and his volley was brilliantly saved by Purdham, who flung himself to his right to tip the ball away. Jack Warren was then cautioned for dissent before Eccleshall pulled a goal back on 83 minutes. Downs' powerful shot brought a great save out of Purdham but the ball came to Wakefield who found the corner of the net. LR were stunned two minutes later when Eccleshall equalised. A ball into the box from Wakefield deceived both Purdham and their defence and Dunn came in at the back post to slide the ball into the net. Warren was then forced to head clear as Atherton moved forward. Miles Johnson replaced Cashmore with minutes to go and in added time, Eccleshall snatched the winner. Downs beat the offside trap and he outpaced the defence before slamming the ball past Purdham - his celebration earning a booking from referee Gillon.

Full Time: Atherton LR 3 Eccleshall 4

The result continues Eccleshall's improved form of late and their 'never say die' approach right to the final whistle. Tom Wakefield picked up their opponent's man of the match nomination for his performance.

Team: Wyatt, Collins, Dunn, Warren, Cashmore (Johnson), Feeney, Needham (Burslem), Standbridge, Wakefield, Finney, Downs.
Unused sub: Bould.

Eccleshall complete their season this week with matches against Daisy Hill at Pershall Park on Bank Holiday Monday (3.00pm) and Abbey Hulton United on Thursday 10. May (7.45pm).

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Key moments

Goal Goal for Atherton LR
Goal Goal for Atherton LR
Goal Tom Wakefield scores for Eccleshall
Goal Goal for Atherton LR
Red Card Jake Standbridge is sent off for Eccleshall
Goal Tom Wakefield scores for Eccleshall
Goal Lewis Dunn scores for Eccleshall
Goal Louis Downs scores for Eccleshall


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90:00 Yellow Card
Louis Downs is yellow carded for Eccleshall
90:00 Goal 3 - 4
Louis Downs scores for Eccleshall
90:00 Player of the Match
Tom Wakefield is awarded player of the match for Eccleshall
85:00 Goal 3 - 3
Lewis Dunn scores for Eccleshall
83:00 Goal 3 - 2
Tom Wakefield scores for Eccleshall
65:00 Red Card 3 - 1
Jake Standbridge is sent off for Eccleshall
55:00 Yellow Card
Jack Warren is yellow carded for Eccleshall
51:00 Goal 3 - 1
Goal for Atherton LR
46:00 Goal 2 - 1
Tom Wakefield scores for Eccleshall
45:00 Goal 2 - 0
Goal for Atherton LR
End of period 1
40:00 Yellow Card
Jake Standbridge is yellow carded for Eccleshall
36:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Atherton LR
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Atherton LR
  • Eccleshall
  • 0
  • Goal 36:00'
  • Jake Standbridge Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Goal 45:00'
  • Tom Wakefield Goal 46:00'
  • Goal 51:00'
  • Jack Warren Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Jake Standbridge Red Card 65:00'
  • Tom Wakefield Goal 83:00'
  • Lewis Dunn Goal 85:00'
  • Louis Downs Goal 90:00'
  • Louis Downs Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Wyatt, 0wen Wyatt, 0wen
Xollins, Harvey Xollins, Harvey
Cashmore, Benjamin Cashmore, Benjamin
Wakefield, Tom Wakefield, Tom
Feeney, Callum Feeney, Callum
Dunn, Lewis Dunn, Lewis
Needham, Dan Needham, Dan
Warren, Jack Warren, Jack
Finney, Shay Finney, Shay
Downs , Louis Downs , Louis
Standbridge, Jake Standbridge, Jake

League round up

Other Division One results

Abbey Hulton United
AFC Blackpool
Carlisle City
Bacup Borough
Oswestry Town
Cammell Laird
Cheadle Town
St Helens Town
Holker Old Boys
Whitchurch Alport
Stockport Town
Litherland REMYCA


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
13. Abbey Hulton United 42 50
14. New Mills 42 49
15. Eccleshall 42 47
16. Chadderton 42 46
17. Bacup Borough 42 46
18. Atherton LR 42 44
19. Oswestry Town 42 40

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