Abbey Hulton United 1 Eccleshall 0
By Jim Tunney
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.