Sat 28
Alsager Town
1st Team


By Jim Tunney
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Bullets shot down by the Eagles

The Eccleshall management retained the same starting line up following last week's win against Stockport Town.

Alsager started well and earned an early corner which was headed clear by Harvey Collins. They had pace up front and Jordan Benton made a last ditch tackle to prevent Tyler Ferguson going through. Joe Griffiths was an early casualty after a late challenge and had to be helped off after twelve minutes with Ollie Dunne replacing him. Christian Soda struck an effort from twenty yards which beat the diving Eagles 'keeper Louis McCarthy but hit the post and bounced clear. Eagles were having to defend and hadn't pressured home keeper James McClenaghan in the first twenty minutes. Soda then beat George Woodroffe but shot wide. Against the run of play, Eagles took the lead on 25 minutes when Louis Downs' corner found Dunne and his curled volley beat McClenaghan to find the top corner via the bar. The goal seemed to spur Eccleshall and Woodroffe cut into the box but his shot was just wide of the far post. A free kick by Shay Finney almost produced a second but Collins failed to make the most of the chance. Alsager were still playing decent football as they looked for an equaliser. Eagles continued to press and Jake Langdridge had an effort blocked from another Downs corner. Ryan Baxter then turned in the box from another corner and McClenaghan saved his goalbound effort with an outstretched leg.

HT: Alsager Town 0 Eccleshall 1

Eccleshall had an early scare when Soda rounded McCarthy but put his shot wide of the post. Then Callum Collinson outpaced the Eagles defence but fired wide. With Alsager still pressing forward, Martin Enow had another effort wide of the post. Denico Walters beat Benton and his shot beat McCarthy but was again wide of the post. Alsager had started the second half much the same as the first and McCarthy had to collect as George Archer went through on goal. However, on 64 minutes, Eagles went two up when Callum Feeney beat a couple of defenders before unleashing a thunderbolt which McClenaghan could only palm into the corner of the net. Four minutes later it was three when Luke Lewis cut a low cross into the box and Baxter stroked the ball home under McClenaghan. Alsager came back and, with the Eagles defence back pedalling, Walters lobbed the ball over McCarthy and over the bar. Then, a quick free kick by Feeney found Tom Wakefield whose low cross was forced over the bar by the sliding Baxter. Eagles were forced to finish the game with ten men when Wakefield was sin binned for a comment to a linesman. In added time, both sides came together after a foul on an Eagles player. Referee Jacobs sent off Walters and booked Feeney.

This was another welcome three points for the Eagles which moved them up to sixth in the table and was good preparation for when they meet Division 1 North leaders, Lower Breck, in Liverpool next Saturday in the Division 1 Cup.

Eagles: McCarthy, Collins, Woodroffe, Benton, Langdridge, Griffiths (Dunne), Lewis (Wakefield), Feeney, Baxter, Finney (Pearson), Downs.
Unused subs: Dundas, Dunn.

Attendance: 90

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Match details

Match date

Sat 28, Sep 2019






First Division South

League position

Alsager Town