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Abbey Hulton United
Eccleshall
Sat 9 Mar 15:00 - Hallmark Security North West Counties Football League - First Division South Full time Attendance 138

Abbey Hulton United 1 Eccleshall 0

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Disappointing result at the Abbey

By Daniel Holes

Coming off the back of an impressive comeback last week, Eccleshall slipped to an away defeat against local rivals Abbey Hulton United on Saturday in what was a match of little quality in the final third.

The Eagles were unable to muster up a response after conceding in the second half when Mark Groom rose to head home a free kick from close range to secure the win with the only goal of the afternoon.

The home side started the brighter of the two, having two golden opportunities inside the first five minutes to take the lead but were let down by poor finishing from forwards Joshua Tune and Lee Cropper.

With little being created in the final third, Eagles brought on both Daniel Needham and Callum Feeney in an attempt to gain more attacking success.

However, these efforts would prove futile as Abbey Hulton took the lead after a string of set pieces put pressure on the Eccleshall defence and they then converted the opportunity when Groom rose highest to head past Louis McCarthy.

The home side had multiple opportunities to increase their dominance of the game, however were unable to do so due to a lack of quality finishing from their forwards.

Miles Johnson summed up Eagles' poor finishing on show when, late on, he dumped Eccleshall's best chance into the side netting.

Following a toothless attacking display from Eccleshall away from home, manager Kyle Adams may want to focus on attacking in training if they are to shoot up the table.

Eagles: McCarthy, Docherty, Dunn, Van der Laan, Collins, Johnson, L Walsh, Benton, Graham, I Walsh, Downs.
Subs: Wakefield, Griffiths, Feeney, Needham, Neligwa.

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11. St Martins 38 52
12. Barnton 38 50
13. Eccleshall 38 46
14. Maine Road 38 42
15. Cammell Laird 1907 38 41
16. Cheadle Town 38 40
17. Alsager Town 38 40

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