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K Towey (25' Pen), J Banister (49'), B Webb (84')
Full time
D O'Connor (83'), K Halligan (94')
Sat 4 Nov 15:00 - Hallmark Security North West Counties Football League - Premier Division Attendance 78

REPORT: Widnes 3-2 Bootle

Widnes bounce back with convincing win over Bootle

Widnes FC bounced back from a disappointing double-header last week with a well-earned 3-2 victory over Bootle on Saturday.

Joint boss Kev Towey gave Widnes the lead with a 25th minute penalty, moments before Bootle missed a penalty of their own, as Richie Mottram saved Michael Ordish’s spot-kick.

Jack Banister doubled Widnes’ advantage early in the second half with a fine finish before Bootle substitute Daniel O’Connor reduced the deficit seven minutes from time.

Widnes quickly restored their two-goal advantage through Billy Webb but Bootle made it interesting as Kieran Halligan netted late on but Steve Akrigg and Towey’s side held on for all three points.

The joint bosses made two changes to the Widnes side beaten at home by Abbey Hey last time out. Jay Roberts and skipper Kev Pollard returned from injury as they replaced the unavailable Sean Myler and Tom Mitchell, who has moved to Skelmersdale United.

The hosts started positively and created the first real chance of the afternoon. Brad Smart spotted the darting run of Banister who split the Bootle defence but he could only muster a shot straight at Jordan Gidley who saved well.

Gidley was called into action on three separate occasions early in the half. A crucial glove took Alex Davies’ cross away from Towey before the former Barnoldswick Town stopper saved from both Banister and Sam Sheen.

Minutes later, Widnes were awarded a penalty. Bootle were struggling to cope with the threat of Banister who played a neat one-two with Towey before bursting into the area where he was brought down under the challenge of Joel Powell.

Towey stepped up and confidently dispatched his spot-kick to give Widnes a deserved lead.

Less than two minutes later, Bootle were awarded a penalty as Stephen Milne was brought down by Mottram in the area, with the Widnes ‘keeper left incensed as he protested his innocence but he made amends, getting down well to push Ordish’s penalty away to safety.

Ordish carried a threat for Bootle and he had the Bucks’ best chance of the half, clipping the bar with a long-range effort although Mottram appeared to have it covered.

Widnes again went close on the stroke of half-time as Smart went on a driving run into the area only to shoot agonisingly wide after holding off the challenge of Powell.

Halftime: Widnes 1-0 Bootle

Widnes picked up where they had left off in the first half with a lightning start to the second which produced a second goal. Towey did well to hold off Anthony Rendell and release Banister into space who did the rest, holding off his man before firing a fine finish beyond Gidley to net his second goal of the season.

Smart then forced a comfortable save out of Gidley before Widnes had a penalty shout turned down as Banister was bundled over in the area but nothing was given.

Widnes were comfortable, controlling the game as they went in search of a third. Towey went agonisingly close, driving a shot inches wide of the far-post after good work by Banister in the build-up.

Bootle grew into the game in the last 10 minutes as Milne forced a good save out of Mottram before Powell nodded wide from the resulting corner.

Joe Doran and Phil Stafford’s men mustered an equaliser seven minutes from time as Daniel O’Connor rose highest to head Powell’s cross home to give Bootle a lifeline.

However, Widnes quickly restored their two-goal advantage straight from the kick-off as Mottram’s punt forward released substitute Webb who beat the on-rushing Gidley to the ball as he nodded home Widnes’ third goal of the afternoon.

Inside stoppage time, O’Connor spurned a glorious chance to net his second after directing a free header wide of Mottram’s goal after shaking off his marker.

Bootle did find a second late on as Kieran Halligan’s deflected effort nestled in the roof of the net, but Widnes managed to hold on despite many fearing a repeat of the draw at Padiham one week earlier.

Fulltime: Widnes 3-2 Bootle

Widnes are back in action on Friday night as Squires Gate visit the Select Security Stadium. Kick-off 7.45pm.

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Jack Banister

Player of the Match

Jack Banister

Key moments

Scored Penalty Kev Towey scores a penalty for Widnes
Goal Jack Banister scores for Widnes
Goal Daniel O'Connor scores for Bootle
Goal Billy Webb scores for Widnes
90:00 +4:00
Goal Kieran Halligan scores for Bootle


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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Jack Banister is awarded player of the match for Widnes
90:00 +4:00 Goal 3 - 2
Kieran Halligan scores for Bootle
84:00 Goal 3 - 1
Billy Webb scores for Widnes
84:00 Assist
Richie Mottram makes an assist for Widnes
83:00 Goal 2 - 1
Daniel O'Connor scores for Bootle
82:00 Sub Off
Brad Smart is substituted off for Widnes
82:00 Sub On
Tony Donaldson is substituted on for Widnes
68:00 Sub Off
Kev Towey is substituted off for Widnes
68:00 Sub On
Billy Webb is substituted on for Widnes
49:00 Assist
Kev Towey makes an assist for Widnes
49:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jack Banister scores for Widnes
End of period 1
27:00 Saved Penalty
Richie Mottram saves a penalty for Widnes
25:00 Assist
Jack Banister makes an assist for Widnes
25:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 0
Kev Towey scores a penalty for Widnes
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Widnes
  • Bootle
  • 0
  • Jack Banister Assist 25:00'
  • Kev Towey Scored Penalty 25:00'
  • Richie Mottram Saved Penalty 27:00'
  • Kev Towey Assist 49:00'
  • Jack Banister Goal 49:00'
  • Kev Towey Sub Off 68:00'
  • Billy Webb Sub On 68:00'
  • Brad Smart Sub Off 82:00'
  • Tony Donaldson Sub On 82:00'
  • Daniel O'Connor Goal 83:00'
  • Richie Mottram Assist 84:00'
  • Billy Webb Goal 84:00'
  • Kieran Halligan Goal 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Mottram, Richie Mottram, Richie
Roberts, Jay Roberts, Jay
Sweeney, Dylan Sweeney, Dylan
Graham, Jack Graham, Jack
Burke, Mike Burke, Mike
Pollard, Kev Pollard, Kev
Davies, Alex Davies, Alex
Sheen, Sam Sheen, Sam
Smart, Brad Smart, Brad
Towey, Kev Towey, Kev
Banister, Jack Banister, Jack
  • 1. Jordan Gidley
  • 2. Matthew Coughlan
  • 3. Charlie Kelly
  • 4. Anthony Rendell
  • 5. Joel Powell
  • 6. Paul Woolcott
  • 7. Kieran Halligan
  • 8. Liam Loughlin
  • 9. Stephen Milne
  • 10. Michael Ordish
  • 11. Ryan Cox
  • 12. Declan Gregson
  • 13. Charlie Taylor
  • 14. Aidan Noon
  • 15. Cameron Grant
  • 16. Daniel O'Connor

League round up

Other Premier Division results

AFC Darwen
Winsford Utd
1874 Northwich
Charnock Richard
Abbey Hey
City of Liverpool
AFC Liverpool
Runcorn Town
Runcorn Linnets
West Didsbury and Chorlton
Squires Gate

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Runcorn Linnets 44 100
2. Widnes 44 96
3. Runcorn Town 44 93
4. City of Liverpool 44 84
5. Bootle 44 83
6. Charnock Richard 44 79
7. 1874 Northwich 44 79

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