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Abbey Hey
Widnes
Full time
B Webb (32'), C Lomax (56'), T Mitchell (70')
Wed 16 Aug 19:45 - Hallmark Security North West Counties Football League - Premier Division Attendance 67

REPORT: Abbey Hey 0-3 Widnes

Widnes record first league win of the season

Widnes FC picked up their first league win of the season on Wednesday night with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Abbey Hey.

Billy Webb opened the scoring for Widnes before second-half strikes from Chris Lomax and Tom Mitchell ensured that Joey Dunn’s side got themselves up and running with a valuable three points.

Manager Dunn made two changes to the side that were beaten at West Didsbury & Chorlton on the opening day of the season. Webb and Lomax both came into the starting at the expense of Mitchell and George Lomax who both dropped to the bench.

Widnes started well and took control of possession against the hosts who were content with soaking up pressure before looking to hit Dunn’s side on the counter-attack.

Kev Towey – making his 50th Widnes appearance on the night – had the first meaningful effort after 14 minutes, firing a shot over the bar from the edge of the area.

Colin Quirk then went close for Widnes, drilling a well-struck shot wide of the post after Towey exchanged passes with teammate Sean Myler.

Widnes took the lead shortly after the half-hour mark. Alex Davies’ long-ball forward was brought down well by Towey. The talismanic striker did well to engineer space for a neat pass that released strike-partner Billy Webb into space who applied a sublime finish, finding the top corner in off the upright to register his first goal of the season.

Towey came close to extending Widnes’ lead late in the first half. Davies, ever keen to roam forward from left-back, delivered a deep cross towards the back-post, met by Towey but Abbey Hey ‘keeper Elliot Wynne did well to make a smart stop to deny the Widnes man.

Halftime: Abbey Hey 0-1 Widnes

Following a relatively quiet opening half with little to shout about at both ends of the field, Widnes started the second half well and were denied a second goal less than two minutes into the half.

Quirk was again at the forefront of a Widnes attack, this time receiving a Myler pass before forcing a superb diving save out of Wynne with a stinging drive that looked destined to nestle in the top corner.

Widnes suffered a blow nine minutes into the half as defender Mike Burke hobbled off following an innocuous collision with Abbey Hey man Ashford Blake. Burke was booked for the challenge, but couldn’t continue and was replaced by Mitchell.

The visitors added a second as the hour-mark approached. It was a swift, flowing Widnes move as Towey probed forward, linking up with strike-partner Webb who quickly spread play wide to Chris Lomax. Lomax advanced forward, initially running into trouble before space opened up for a shot, and the winger duly obliged, curling a fine effort into the top corner with Wynne well beaten.

A third goal was on the cards and it came 20 minutes from time. Widnes again threatened from a set-piece as Quirk lofted a corner into the area where Tom Mitchell was on-hand to find the net with a cushioned volley. ‘Keeper Wynne got a solid hand to the effort, only helping Mitchell’s shot home via the post.

There was still time for Widnes to come close to adding a fourth on two separate occasions.

Quirk spotted Towey in space on the far side and released the striker into space with a well-weighted pass. Towey was through on goal but he didn’t quite connect as he attempted to lob on-rushing ‘keeper Wynne who ended up making a simple save.

Inside stoppage time, Towey was again involved as he made light work of Jack Tinning before looking to pick out substitute Chad Whyte, who saw his header cleared off the line.

Fulltime: Abbey Hey 0-3 Widnes

It was a well-earned and welcomed for victory for Widnes, who are finally on the board in their debut Hallmark Security League Premier Division campaign.

This weekend marks the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, leaving Widnes without a game. Dunn’s side are back in action in their home league opener on Saturday 26th August, taking on Ashton Athletic at the Halton Stadium. Kick-off 3pm.

Kev Towey

Player of the Match

Kev Towey

Key moments

32:00
Goal Billy Webb scores for Widnes
56:00
Goal Chris Lomax scores for Widnes
70:00
Goal Tom Mitchell scores for Widnes

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Kev Towey is awarded player of the match for Widnes
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Louis Mackin keeps a clean sheet for Widnes
77:00 Sub On
Luke Edwards is substituted on for Widnes
77:00 Sub Off
Chris Lomax is substituted off for Widnes
72:00 Sub On
Chad Whyte is substituted on for Widnes
72:00 Sub Off
Billy Webb is substituted off for Widnes
70:00 Goal 0 - 3
Tom Mitchell scores for Widnes
70:00 Assist
Colin Quirk makes an assist for Widnes
56:00 Assist
Billy Webb makes an assist for Widnes
56:00 Goal 0 - 2
Chris Lomax scores for Widnes
54:00 Sub Off
Mike Burke is substituted off for Widnes
54:00 Sub On
Tom Mitchell is substituted on for Widnes
53:00 Yellow Card
Mike Burke is yellow carded for Widnes
End of period 1
32:00 Assist
Kev Towey makes an assist for Widnes
32:00 Goal 0 - 1
Billy Webb scores for Widnes
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As it happened

  • Abbey Hey
  • Widnes
  • 0
  • Kev Towey Assist 32:00'
  • Billy Webb Goal 32:00'
  • Mike Burke Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Mike Burke Sub Off 54:00'
  • Tom Mitchell Sub On 54:00'
  • Billy Webb Assist 56:00'
  • Chris Lomax Goal 56:00'
  • Colin Quirk Assist 70:00'
  • Tom Mitchell Goal 70:00'
  • Billy Webb Sub Off 72:00'
  • Chad Whyte Sub On 72:00'
  • Chris Lomax Sub Off 77:00'
  • Luke Edwards Sub On 77:00'

Team selection

Mackin, Louis Mackin, Louis
Roberts, Jay Roberts, Jay
White, Michael White, Michael
Quirk, Colin Quirk, Colin
Burke, Mike Burke, Mike
Davies, Alex Davies, Alex
Myler, Sean Myler, Sean
Sheen, Sam Sheen, Sam
Towey, Kev Towey, Kev
Lomax, Chris Lomax, Chris
Webb, Billy Webb, Billy

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Runcorn Town 18 44
2. Runcorn Linnets 19 43
3. Hanley Town 19 41
4. Widnes 23 38
5. Charnock Richard 16 36
6. Bootle 21 34
7. Padiham 19 33

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