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Runcorn Town
Northwich Victoria
Wed 30 Aug 19:45 - Hallmark Security North West Counties Football League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 167

Runcorn Town v Northwich Victoria: Wednesday 30th August 2017 League

Runcorn Town v Northwich Victoria: Wednesday 30th August 2017 League

Runcorn Town v Northwich Victoria: Wednesday 30th August 2017 League

Vic’s started brightly, and after 2 minutes Yaw Gyimah, cut in from the right and was crudely brought down on the edge of the area, but the resulting free kick came to nothing. However, just 2 minutes later, a long clearance from Mottram, was controlled by Brian Matthews , who strode forward towards the right corner of the box and struck an absolute screamer into the top far corner of the Runcorn net. What a strike ! After 7 minutes, Jake Pollard just failed to get a touch after a great through ball by Sam Marshall. In the 18th minute, Runcorn earned a corner , and a well worked routine ended with a near post header into the Vics net by Mark Reed. Just 3 minutes later, Runcorn’s striker Craig Cairns got in behind the Vics defence from a long ball forward , and easily lobbed Mottram who was in no mans land. It was still fairly end to end at this time, and Matthews had a shot blocked, before a minute later, Marshall put a ball all the way across the box , and Pollard just couldn’t get the angle to squeeze the ball home. Runcorn Town then had a chance as a cross in from the left was met by a Runcorn head but went wide.

Half-time: Runcorn Town 2 Northwich Victoria 1; All to play for,

Vic’s hope of a quick comeback were ruined when Town’s Craig Cairns cut in from the left and struck a shot past Mottram to make it 3-1 barely 30 seconds after the restart. Vics kept going and had plenty of the ball but didn’t really create anything until after 65 minutes, when after a bit of a scramble, Yaw placed a shot just wide of the goal. A few minutes later, Yaw had an even better chance when he was one on one , but blasted the ball straight at the keeper , instead of the little chip finish it required. This was the turning point, as Runcorn made it it 4 as that man Cairns smashed the ball home after some poor defending by the Vics. Vics were now in disarray , and it was no surprise when they failed to clear a corner, and Reed played it back into Cairns who easily shot into the Vics goal. It got worse in the last minute, when a heavy touch from Mottram, allowed Cairns to take it wide and roll the ball into an empty net for his 5th , and Runcorn's 6th.

Final Score: Runcorn Town 6 Northwich Victoria 1 ( Matthews)

Same old failings by Vics, some decent general play, a great goal by Matthews, but some terrible defending. Needs sorting quick.

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# Team Pl Pts
9. City of Liverpool 17 28
10. Barnoldswick Town 20 27
11. Northwich Victoria 20 26
12. Squires Gate 21 26
13. Ashton Athletic 13 24
14. Abbey Hey 19 24
15. Congleton Town 18 23

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