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B Smart (40'), K Pollard (68'), K Towey (78')
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Sat 25 Nov 15:00 - Hallmark Security North West Counties Football League - Premier Division Attendance 55

REPORT: Widnes 3-1 Irlam

Widnes respond with comfortable win

Widnes FC climbed to sixth in the Hallmark Security League Premier Division as Steve Akrigg and Kev Towey’s men responded from disappointment against Charnock Richard last time out with a comfortable 3-1 win over Irlam on Saturday.

Goals from Brad Smart, Kev Pollard and Towey completed a deserved win against Irlam, who netted a late consolation goal through Jordan Icely.

Akrigg and Towey selected a much-changed line-up from Monday’s penalty shootout win over Carlisle City in the Macron Cup. Eight changes were made in total, with Phil Doran being handed a debut at left-back while new signing Sam Henry was named amongst the substitutes.

After a quiet and fairly scrappy opening, the first chance fell to Irlam as Daniel Greene hit one high and wide of the target from just outside the area.

Widnes hit the post on the 10-minute mark. Jack Banister rolled away from the challenge of MacAuley Harewood before cutting inside from the left and hitting the foot of the post with his effort.

Doran then went close to netting a debut goal. After Towey won a free-kick 30 yards from goal, Doran drove an effort towards goal that whistled narrowly past the foot of Lee White’s post.

Widnes took the lead on the stroke of half-time. Smart evaded the offside trap to latch on to a clever Towey flick before surging into the area. He remained composed to guide a tidy finish beyond White to net his fourth goal of the season.

Halftime: Widnes 1-0 Irlam

A goal to the good, Widnes were in control for large parts of the second half. Jack Graham forced an early save out of White, who then produced a stunning stop on the hour-mark to prevent Mike Burke’s ferocious volley from nestling in the top corner.

A sloppy spell followed, but Widnes soon regained their control and added a second midway through the second half.

Banister floated a corner towards that near-post that was helped towards goal by skipper Pollard, with his touch getting the better of Michael Tetteh on the goalline, who couldn’t keep the ball out as the linesman on the far side awarded the goal.

Towey then went close to a third as he poked wide of the target on the stretch after getting himself on the end of Smart’s well-weighted delivery. His blushes were spared however by the offside flag on the far side.

The Widnes joint boss soon got himself in on the act but credit must go to Sam Sheen for his part in the build-up.

It was a superb driving run from the midfielder as Sheen burst forward into the area. He squared his cross to the awaiting Towey at the back-post who turned home with a simple finish to extend his side’s lead.

Irlam grabbed a goal late on that proved to be little more than a consolation. Harewood got the better of a perhaps tired Doran to fire a cross into the area that was deflected home off the chest of visitors skipper Icely, who made a decent run to get himself on the end of the delivery.

Fulltime: Widnes 3-1 Irlam

Widnes are back in action on Wednesday as Akrigg and Towey’s men make the short trip to Crosby to take on AFC Liverpool. Kick-off 7.45pm.

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Kev Towey

Player of the Match

Kev Towey

Key moments

Goal Brad Smart scores for Widnes
Goal Kev Pollard scores for Widnes
Goal Kev Towey scores for Widnes


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90:00 Player of the Match
Kev Towey is awarded player of the match for Widnes
80:00 Sub Off
Chris Lomax is substituted off for Widnes
80:00 Sub Off
Kev Towey is substituted off for Widnes
80:00 Sub On
Danny Laverty is substituted on for Widnes
80:00 Sub On
Sam Henry is substituted on for Widnes
78:00 Assist
Sam Sheen makes an assist for Widnes
78:00 Goal 3 - 0
Kev Towey scores for Widnes
75:00 Sub Off
Brad Smart is substituted off for Widnes
75:00 Sub On
Sean Myler is substituted on for Widnes
68:00 Assist
Jack Banister makes an assist for Widnes
68:00 Goal 2 - 0
Kev Pollard scores for Widnes
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Jay Roberts is yellow carded for Widnes
40:00 Assist
Kev Towey makes an assist for Widnes
40:00 Goal 1 - 0
Brad Smart scores for Widnes
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Widnes
  • Irlam
  • 0
  • Kev Towey Assist 40:00'
  • Brad Smart Goal 40:00'
  • Jay Roberts Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Jack Banister Assist 68:00'
  • Kev Pollard Goal 68:00'
  • Brad Smart Sub Off 75:00'
  • Sean Myler Sub On 75:00'
  • Sam Sheen Assist 78:00'
  • Kev Towey Goal 78:00'
  • Chris Lomax Sub Off 80:00'
  • Kev Towey Sub Off 80:00'
  • Danny Laverty Sub On 80:00'
  • Sam Henry Sub On 80:00'

Team selection

Mottram, Richie Mottram, Richie
Roberts, Jay Roberts, Jay
Doran, Phil Doran, Phil
Pollard, Kev Pollard, Kev
Burke, Mike Burke, Mike
Lomax, Chris Lomax, Chris
Banister, Jack Banister, Jack
Sheen, Sam Sheen, Sam
Graham, Jack Graham, Jack
Smart, Brad Smart, Brad
Towey, Kev Towey, Kev

League round up

Other Premier Division results

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

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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