FC Oswestry Town 3 Eccleshall 0
By Jim Tunney
Friday Night is not alright for the Eagles
After Wednesday night's defeat to Stone Old Alleynians, Eccleshall travelled to FC Oswestry Town for a Friday night fixture due to Welsh Premier League landlords TNS having a Saturday game.
Eccleshall were forced into a change before the kick off when skipper Harvey Collins was taken ill and was only fit enough for the bench.
Lewis Dunn was forced to concede an early corner as David Howarth ran through. Neat work by Josh Graham and Alex Nwachukwu led to the latter putting a through ball just too far in front of Alex Russell. Eagles were dealt a blow when Russell was injured on eight minutes and had to be replaced by Liam Baker-Haynes. On 14 minutes, Eagles went behind when they failed to clear their lines and Liam Parry netted. Town continued to press and a cross from the right was headed goalwards by Ryan Jones and Eagles 'keeper Louis McCarthy held at the second attempt. Eccleshall almost equalised when a free kick by Nwachukwu led to Dunn running in at the back post unnoticed only to put the ball just wide of the post. It had become an even game until Town went two up on 34 minutes. Michael O'Reilly picked up the ball about twenty yards out and his fierce shot flew past McCarthy giving him little chance. Howarth then outpaced Joe Griffiths and fired wide. With the Eagles looking to pull a goal back, Jordan Benton set up Tom Wakefield but his effort was just wide. McCarthy was by far the busier of the two keepers and had to make two smart saves from Harry Bower before Ryan Jones fired over the bar when well placed.
HT: FC Oswestry Town 2 Eccleshall 0
Eccleshall's first effort of the second half was by Izaak Walsh which was well over. Then Graham turned neatly in the box before shooting just wide of the post. Town keeper Louie Mackin kicked the ball against Walsh and it looped over the bar. However, Eagles lacked any real potent threat in the final third. A good run by Brad Carr set up Walsh on the edge of the box but he delayed too long and the chance was gone. McCarthy blocked another effort by Bower before he was forced into tipping the ball over the bar from a powerful shot by Edward Moss. Moments later, Lewis Jarman jinked into the box but his effort was just wide. Further efforts by Sam Spridgeon and Bower again followed and Miles Johnson made a great run back to prevent Bower bearing down on goal. Dunn was forced to block another shot by Bower as Town piled forward. In added time, Moss pushed through a long pass for Spridgeon to outpace the Eagles defence and he easily slotted the ball past McCarthy to score and secure the points for Town. There was still time for O'Reilly to fire wide before the final whistle.
Two tough games in 48 hours proved too much for an Eagles side who looked physically tired at the end of the game and this clearly had a bearing on the result. Three or four picked up minor injuries but they now have a week to recover before returning to base next Saturday.
FT: FC Oswestry Town 3 Eccleshall 0
Eagles: McCarthy, Benton, Dunn, Walsh, Johnson, Griffiths, Wakefield, Nwachukwu, Graham, Carr, Russell (Baker-Haynes) (Gittins).
Unused subs: Collins, Neligwa.
Referee: Mr Alex Perkin