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Market Drayton Town
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D Korie-Butler (56'), B Hodkinson (78')
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REPORT | Market Drayton Town 0-2 Widnes


Widnes kick-off 2019 with three points

Widnes welcomed in the New Year with a return to winning ways, beating Market Drayton Town 2-0 at Greenfields.

Dale Korie-Butler and Ben Hodkinson netted second-half strikes as Widnes bounced back from back-to-back league defeats against Radcliffe and Runcorn Linnets as 2018 drew to a close.

The Whites travelled to Shropshire missing eight first-team regulars enforcing five changes to the side beaten in Boxing Day’s Halton Derby by Runcorn Linnets.

With co-boss Kev Towey on holiday, Korie-Butler came in to partner Hodkinson up-front while Rob Bourne, Phil Mooney and stand-in skipper Sean Myler were handed recalls to the starting XI.

Brothers George and Chris Lomax were forced into unfamiliar roles at both full-back positions with Jay Roberts and Bram Johnstone unavailable, while Sam Sheen returned from injury in midfield.

Widnes were boosted however by the inclusion of Mike Burke in a matchday squad for the first time since October as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.

The hosts – who began the day three points behind Widnes with a game in-hand – started strongly with Ryan McLean looking to get the better of makeshift left-back Chris Lomax.

Town would threaten in the early exchanges when Lyndon Campbell drove an effort towards goal that fizzed wide of Owen Wheeler’s goal.

Striker Hodkinson cut a lonely figure leading the line in the first half for Widnes, but the Whites grew into the contest as it wore on with Lomax having a shot blocked and skipper Myler hitting a dipping volley over.

Both teams pressed for an opener early in the second half, but Widnes had the better of the chances with Korie-Butler firing straight at Town stopper Mason Springthorpe, formerly of Everton, after good work by Myler.

The Whites grabbed a deserved opener 10 minutes into the half. Myler was again influential, winning possession back in before quickly releasing Hodkinson down the left. The home defence retreated allowing Hodkinson to provide a teasing cross for Korie-Butler to turn home into the roof of the net.

Widnes began to push for a second with Hodkinson forcing a decent save out of Springthorpe, but Market Drayton continued to carry a threat and Mooney had to be alert to clear a loose ball off the line.

Town were awarded a golden opportunity to get themselves on level terms when they were awarded a penalty 15 minutes from time after substitute William Wells went down under an Akrigg challenge who protested that he won the ball.

Referee Richard Cattell was unimpressed and cautioned the Widnes co-boss, but the Whites and Akrigg were handed a reprieve when Wells hit the outside of the post with his spot-kick despite sending Wheeler the wrong way.

Widnes were reprieved, and less than three minutes later, the Whites added a second to effectively seal all three points.

Hodkinson continued his fine recent run of form, teeing himself up nicely from Ventre’s cross to hit a thumping volley into the roof of the net – his sixth goal in Widnes’ last seven games.

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Key moments

Goal Dale Korie-Butler scores for Widnes
Goal Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes

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90:00 Player of the Match
Sean Myler is awarded player of the match for Widnes
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Owen Wheeler keeps a clean sheet for Widnes
86:00 Sub On
Tom Croughan is substituted on for Widnes
86:00 Sub Off
George Lomax is substituted off for Widnes
78:00 Goal 0 - 2
Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes
78:00 Assist
Danny Ventre makes an assist for Widnes
77:00 Missed Penalty
William Wells misses a penalty for Market Drayton Town
75:00 Yellow Card
Steve Akrigg is yellow carded for Widnes
56:00 Assist
Ben Hodkinson makes an assist for Widnes
56:00 Goal 0 - 1
Dale Korie-Butler scores for Widnes
52:00 Sub Off
Joe Herbert is substituted off for Widnes
52:00 Sub On
Danny Ventre is substituted on for Widnes
46:00 Kickoff
Widnes kick off
End of period 1
1:00 Kickoff
Market Drayton Town kick off
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Market Drayton Town
  • Widnes
  • 0
  • Joe Herbert Sub Off 52:00'
  • Danny Ventre Sub On 52:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Assist 56:00'
  • Dale Korie-Butler Goal 56:00'
  • Steve Akrigg Yellow Card 75:00'
  • William Wells Missed Penalty 77:00'
  • Danny Ventre Assist 78:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Goal 78:00'
  • George Lomax Sub Off 86:00'
  • Tom Croughan Sub On 86:00'

Team selection

Wheeler, Owen Wheeler, Owen
Mooney, Phil Mooney, Phil
Lomax, Chris Lomax, Chris
Lomax, George Lomax, George
Herbert, Joe Herbert, Joe
Akrigg, Steve Akrigg, Steve
Bourne, Robert Bourne, Robert
Sheen, Sam Sheen, Sam
Hodkinson, Ben Hodkinson, Ben
Myler, Sean Myler, Sean
Korie-Butler, Dale Korie-Butler, Dale
Market Drayton Town
  • 1. Mason Springthorpe
  • 2. Simon Gregory
  • 3. Myles Arnold
  • 4. Josh Bradburn
  • 5. Paul McMullen
  • 6. DeSean Martin
  • 7. Charlie Knowles
  • 8. Lyndon Campbell
  • 9. Harvey Howell
  • 10. Jud Ellis
  • 11. Ryan McLean
  • 12. William Wells
  • 13. Louis Irvine
  • 14. Harri Lovett
  • 15. Martyn Davies

League round up

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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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