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Mon 27 Aug 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 102

REPORT | Widnes 3-0 Market Drayton Town

Widnes record impressive first win of the season

Promoted Widnes recorded their first points of the Evo-Stik League Division One West with an impressive 3-0 win over Market Drayton Town.

Widnes had opened the new campaign, their first in the Northern Premier League after successive promotion, with two consecutive defeats at home to Radcliffe and away at Mossley.

Goals from co-boss Kev Towey, Ben Hodkinson and a rare strike from defender Mike Burke secured a confidence and morale boosting win for the Whites, who were without a win in four competitive games to start the season, scoring just twice.

GALLERY | Widnes v Market Drayton Town
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Towey and joint manager Steve Akrigg made two changes to the side that beaten at Mossley. George Webster dropped to the bench while the suspended Michael Grogan missed out, with Towey and skipper Kev Pollard coming into the side.

Hosting their third fixture at their temporary home of Townfield, Widnes made a positive start and took a ninth minute lead, with Towey marking his 100th appearance for the club with a close-range finish.

The Whites would have welcomed the good start, and they added a second on the approach of the half-hour mark as Chris Lomax combined with Hodkinson who directed his second goal of the season beyond Market Drayton goalkeeper Owen Skelton.

Hodkinson came close to adding his second, and Widnes’ third goal of the afternoon five minutes later. He again linked up with Lomax, latching on to the winger’s header forward only to get the ball caught under his feet allowing the visitors to sweep away the danger.

A third goal came 11 minutes into the second half, with the imposing Burke, known more for keeping the ball out the other end, volleying home from inside the area to net only his third goal for the club since arriving in July 2016.

Widnes will look to carry their momentum into Saturday’s trip to Colne. Kick-off 3pm.

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Ben Hodkinson

Player of the Match

Ben Hodkinson

Key moments

Goal Kev Towey scores for Widnes
Goal Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes
Goal Mike Burke scores for Widnes

Videos and photos

GALLERY | Widnes v Market Drayton Town
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90:00 Player of the Match
Ben Hodkinson is awarded player of the match for Widnes
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Richie Mottram keeps a clean sheet for Widnes
74:00 Sub Off
Kev Towey is substituted off for Widnes
74:00 Sub On
Jamie Rainford is substituted on for Widnes
74:00 Sub Off
Chris Lomax is substituted off for Widnes
74:00 Sub On
Bram Johnstone is substituted on for Widnes
65:00 Sub Off
George Lomax is substituted off for Widnes
65:00 Sub On
George Webster is substituted on for Widnes
56:00 Goal 3 - 0
Mike Burke scores for Widnes
End of period 1
28:00 Goal 2 - 0
Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes
9:00 Goal 1 - 0
Kev Towey scores for Widnes
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Widnes
  • Market Drayton Town
  • 0
  • Kev Towey Goal 9:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Goal 28:00'
  • Mike Burke Goal 56:00'
  • George Lomax Sub Off 65:00'
  • George Webster Sub On 65:00'
  • Kev Towey Sub Off 74:00'
  • Jamie Rainford Sub On 74:00'
  • Chris Lomax Sub Off 74:00'
  • Bram Johnstone Sub On 74:00'

Team selection

Mottram, Richie Mottram, Richie
Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Ben
Pollard, Kev Pollard, Kev
Lomax, Chris Lomax, Chris
Burke, Mike Burke, Mike
Doran, Phil Doran, Phil
Lomax, George Lomax, George
Ventre, Danny Ventre, Danny
Hodkinson, Ben Hodkinson, Ben
Towey, Kev Towey, Kev
Sheen, Sam Sheen, Sam

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
7. Ramsbottom United 17 29
8. Mossley 18 28
9. Widnes 19 27
10. Leek Town 14 26
11. Market Drayton Town 17 24
12. Colwyn Bay 17 22
13. Kidsgrove Athletic 15 21

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