NWCFL Matchday Review 2019/20 #51

Thu 13th February 2020 | Match Reviews
By Martin Fallon

It has been a midweek devoid of much action, due to teams being ahead with their games and the after effects of Storm Ciara.

Monday evening saw just one game scheduled as Winsford United hosted Barnoldswick Town. Ciara had an affect on that with the match postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Onto Tuesday, and more postponements occurred with two of the scheduled four games postponed. In the games that did take place, both were in the First Division South with the biggest win being Wythenshawe Town who had a 3-0 win over Ellesmere Rangers.

Wythenshawe had been in good form coming into the game, and their fifth successive win saw them move up to the promotion spots into fourth. Steven Yarwood opened the scoring after 33 minutes, and that was how it stayed until until 15 minutes from time when two goals in three minutes gave Wythenshawe breathing room.

Liam Crellin-Myers doubled the score before Matthew Bryan made it 3-0 to complete the scoring. Ellesmere Rangers remain in the bottom two after that loss, although they are eight points clear of bottom place St Martins.

Barnton have been struggling for much of the season, but they made it three wins in four league games after winning 2-0 away at Cammell Laird 1907. Jordan Cobley opened the scoring just after the hour mark, with Thomas Edwards doubling the lead two minutes later. Barnton are now up to 15th, with Lairds two places ahead of them.

The games suffering postponements were Golcar United against Ashton Town in the First Division North and Abbey Hulton United against Stone Old Alleynians in the First Division South.

Onto Wednesday and an early casualty of the weather was Steeton against Daisy Hill in the First Division North. A late casualty was Longridge Town against Burscough in the Premier Division, the match referee calling it off at 7.00pm.

There were four games that went ahead on the night though. In the Premier Division, a league best crowd for the season of 557 watched a thrilling Northwich Derby as 1874 Northwich came from 3-0 down to salvage a point at Northwich Victoria.

Brandon Barski and Saul Henderson put the home side 2-0 up by the half hour, and Barski's second just a minute into the second half made it great viewing for the home side. Scott McGowan replied for 1874 just a minute later before adding his second on 67 minutes. And with just a minute to go, McGowan completed his hat-trick to sent the visiting fans into raptures, and extend 1874 Northwich's lead at the top.

Meanwhile in the divisions only other game, Hanley Town's five match losing run ended when they picked up a point at Runcorn Town in a 1-1 draw. put Hanley ahead on 78 minutes only for Shaun Weaver to level with four minutes remaining.

In the First Division North, AFC Liverpool kept their promotion charge going as they extended their winning run to five games with a 3-0 win over Prestwich Heys. Kyle Schorah put the home side ahead after 11 minutes and that's how it stayed until the hour mark when Daniel Cockerline doubled the lead. Rhys Hardacre completed the scoring with 13 minutes to go.

Our final match came from the First Division South and the league leaders Vauxhall Motors made it 22 wins from 26 league games with a 1-0 win at Cheadle Town. After a goalless first half, Matthew Carlin got the only goal of the game on 62 minutes to move Vauxhall seven points clear.

Main image by Molly Darlington who captured the scene at Wincham Park as 1874 Northwich came from behind to claim a 3-3 draw at Northwich Victoria.

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