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Prescot Cables
D Korie-Butler (60', 61')
Full time
C Almond (21')
Sat 1 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 127

REPORT | Widnes 2-1 Prescot Cables


Dale’s double cuts Cables down

Dale Korie-Butler struck twice in two second-half minutes as Widnes earned a 2-1 local derby win over Prescot Cables.

Cables took a 20th minute lead when Chris Almond reacted quickest to blast home from close-range despite having a penalty well-saved by Owen Wheeler.

Widnes would stun their neighbours with a quickfire double to turn the game on its head, as Korie-Butler netted twice within 90 seconds of the hour-mark to earn a second successive win for the Whites.

Joint-managers Kev Towey and Steve Akrigg named an unchanged side that had beaten league-leaders Atherton Collieries one week previously. Sean Myler had been in contention to return for Widnes but was ruled out of the contest through illness.

Cables started positively but it was Widnes who carved out the game’s first real opportunity. Ben Hodkinson headed a Rhain Hellawell cross back across goal towards Korie-Butler who was unable to grab an elusive touch to divert the ball goalwards.

Prescot enjoyed a period of sustained pressure which frustrated a camped-in Widnes, with Michael Grogan booked for an early succession of fouls after a coming together with Valter Fernandes.

From the resulting free-kick, the visitors were awarded a penalty. Cables skipper James McCulloch – who had earlier gone down in the build-up to a Prescot corner after grappling with Grogan – won the spot-kick as Danny Ventre looked to close down a short free-kick.

Referee Lewis Dawson pointed to the spot despite Widnes protests who felt that McCulloch had gone down far too easily.

Almond stepped up for Cables but was thwarted by the impressive Wheeler – who had saved a penalty one week earlier in the win at Atherton. The Widnes custodian was however powerless to prevent Almond from smashing home the rebound to net his 16th goal of the season.

It was a frustrating opening period for Widnes, compounded by Grogan’s withdrawal on the half-hour with the former Marine man running the risk of picking up a red card.

Both sides’ struggles continued into the second half, with neither stamping their authority on a game played on a difficult surface at Widnes’ temporary home of Barnton’s Offside Trust Stadium.

Cables spurned an early half-chance to extend their lead, but Wheeler made a comfortable diving save to collect a Jack Lenehan header.

Chances were at a premium for Widnes, but the Whites mustered an equaliser on the hour.

A long ball was played over the top to release Korie-Butler in-behind. Cables keeper Kyle Haslam looked to have won the race to the loose ball, but he made a hash of his attempted clearance, allowing Korie-Butler to hold off the challenge of McCulloch to slot into an empty net.

Widnes stunned their neighbours with a second goal almost immediately. The Whites won possession back deep in Prescot’s half, with a pass quickly worked through to Korie-Butler in the area who did the rest, applying a brilliant finish on the turn to leave Haslam with no chance.

Cables put Widnes under inevitable pressure in the closing stages, with Wheeler having to tip an aerial ball against the woodwork with Sam Sheen making a magnificent block to deny Michael Monaghan’s follow-up.

Widnes weathered the storm however, holding on to earn an impressive three points.

Rhain Hellawell

Player of the Match

Rhain Hellawell

Key moments

Goal Chris Almond scores for Prescot Cables
Goal Dale Korie-Butler scores for Widnes
Goal Dale Korie-Butler scores for Widnes


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90:00 Player of the Match
Rhain Hellawell is awarded player of the match for Widnes
84:00 Sub On
George Lomax is substituted on for Widnes
84:00 Sub Off
Dale Korie-Butler is substituted off for Widnes
71:00 Sub Off
Ben Hodkinson is substituted off for Widnes
71:00 Sub On
Chris Lomax is substituted on for Widnes
61:00 Goal 2 - 1
Dale Korie-Butler scores for Widnes
60:00 Goal 1 - 1
Dale Korie-Butler scores for Widnes
46:00 Kickoff
Widnes kick off
End of period 1
43:00 Yellow Card
Danny Ventre is yellow carded for Widnes
33:00 Sub Off
Michael Grogan is substituted off for Widnes
33:00 Sub On
Robert Bourne is substituted on for Widnes
21:00 Saved Penalty
Owen Wheeler saves a penalty for Widnes
21:00 Goal 0 - 1
Chris Almond scores for Prescot Cables
18:00 Yellow Card
Michael Grogan is yellow carded for Widnes
1:00 Kickoff
Prescot Cables kick off
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Widnes
  • Prescot Cables
  • 0
  • Michael Grogan Yellow Card 18:00'
  • Owen Wheeler Saved Penalty 21:00'
  • Chris Almond Goal 21:00'
  • Michael Grogan Sub Off 33:00'
  • Robert Bourne Sub On 33:00'
  • Danny Ventre Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Dale Korie-Butler Goal 60:00'
  • Dale Korie-Butler Goal 61:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Sub Off 71:00'
  • Chris Lomax Sub On 71:00'
  • Dale Korie-Butler Sub Off 84:00'
  • George Lomax Sub On 84:00'

Team selection

Wheeler, Owen Wheeler, Owen
Roberts, Jay Roberts, Jay
Sheen, Sam Sheen, Sam
Webster, George Webster, George
Akrigg, Steve Akrigg, Steve
Johnstone, Bram Johnstone, Bram
Hellawell, Rhain Hellawell, Rhain
Ventre, Danny Ventre, Danny
Hodkinson, Ben Hodkinson, Ben
Korie-Butler, Dale Korie-Butler, Dale
Grogan, Michael Grogan, Michael
Prescot Cables
  • 1. Kyle Haslam
  • 2. Valter Fernandes
  • 3. James Edgar
  • 4. James McCulloch
  • 5. James Cooper
  • 6. Aaron Turner
  • 7. Michael Monaghan
  • 8. Luke Griffiths
  • 9. Matt Hamilton
  • 10. Jack Lenehan
  • 11. Chris Almond
  • 12. Louis Coyne
  • 13. Lloyd Dean
  • 14. Josh Klein-Davies
  • 15. Jordan Southworth
  • 16. Jordan Wynne

League round up

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Atherton Collieries
Ramsbottom United
Runcorn Linnets

League table

# Team Pl Pts
10. Kidsgrove Athletic 38 58
11. Colwyn Bay 38 52
12. Widnes 38 51
13. Chasetown 38 46
14. Droylsden 38 43
15. Newcastle Town 38 40
16. Market Drayton Town 38 40

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