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Widnes
Colwyn Bay
N Watson (51'), G Lomax (88')
Full time
A Mulholland (73'), C Pritchard (82')
Sat 12 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 78

REPORT | Widnes 2-2 Colwyn Bay

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Lomax rescues a point with dramatic equaliser

Substitute George Lomax scored a dramatic late equaliser as Widnes fought back from a late deficit to rescue a point at home to Colwyn Bay.

Widnes had taken the lead early in the second half when on-loan debutant Niall Watson struck his first senior goal, but Astley Mulholland and Craig Pritchard goals had turned the contest on its head with all three points seemingly heading back to North Wales.

Kev Towey and Steve Akrigg’s side refused to cave in, and after a late corner was helped on by both Akrigg and Phil Mooney, Lomax was on hand to head home and secure a hard-fought point.

Accrington Stanley youngster Watson was given the nod to start on the left of a three-man Widnes frontline and there was also a return to the side for Danny Ventre in midfield, with Rob Bourne making way.

Elsewhere, regular fullbacks Jay Roberts and Bram Johnstone returned to the side as Akrigg and Dale Korie-Butler dropped to the bench while Chris Lomax retained his place to make his 100th Widnes appearance.

The two sides played out an attritional first half with neither team particularly taking control of the contest. Half-chances were shared as Owen Wheeler made a comfortable save from Tom McCready while Ventre hit one over for Widnes.

Colwyn Bay were afforded a decent opening to take the lead when Johnstone could only half-clear but Joe Herbert blocked Danny Andrews’ effort.

Widnes had the best chance of the half when Ben Hodkinson cleverly threaded a pass through to Chris Lomax but goalkeeper Andrew Coughlan got down well to push the shot away to safety.

Coughlan was again called into action on the stroke of half-time, reacting quickly to claw Chris Lomax’s effort away from goal after good work by Roberts.

Widnes were lacking that clinical final pass in the first half, but they continued to push for an opener into the second period but Sam Sheen was unable to connect with a dangerous Roberts delivery that flashed across the face of goal.

The visiting Seagulls always carried a threat but they routinely lacked composure in front of goal, with Ashley Woods skewing an Alex Downes cross off target.

Widnes broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half. Akrigg, introduced as a half time substitution, floated a ball towards the penalty-spot where Watson was clinical, bringing the ball down brilliantly to find the far corner with a crisp finish.

Watson’s first senior goal arrived less than 24 hours after his loan move was completed, with the youngster announcing his presence with a dream debut.

In truth, Widnes faded with their one-goal lead as the visitors grew into the contest. The Seagulls enjoyed a positive spell but struggled to test Widnes’ Wheeler.

The Whites had found themselves under the cosh, and they were duly punished when Bay equalised 17 minutes from time. Will Bell flicked a Seagulls corner back into the danger area, where Mulholland was on-hand to emphatically equalise.

Colwyn Bay had their tails up, and they took the lead with eight minutes remaining. Pritchard, introduced moments earlier as a substitute for Mulholland, found himself with a pocket of space in the area to bend a delicious effort into the top corner with Wheeler well-beaten.

It was a goal that was worthy of winning any game, and Widnes were perhaps fortunate to still be in the contest when Andrews spurned a glorious chance to add a third after Lassana Mendes won possession back in midfield.

The game appeared to be getting away from Widnes, but the Whites pushed in search of an equaliser. Korie-Butler came off the bench and showed his quality to turn away from a retreating Seagulls backline and feed an overlapping Sean Myler who had a stinging effort pushed over by Coughlan.

From the resulting corner, Widnes were level.

With only two minutes of normal time remaining, Johnstone’s deep corner was helped back towards goal by Akrigg with Mooney providing another crucial touch to allow George Lomax to arrive on the scene and head home the all-important leveller for Widnes – his third goal of the season.

Widnes face a second successive ‘home’ fixture next time out, hosting Droylsden at The Offside Trust Stadium.

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Niall Watson

Player of the Match

Niall Watson

Key moments

51:00
Goal Niall Watson scores for Widnes
73:00
Goal Astley Mulholland scores for Colwyn Bay
82:00
Goal Craig Pritchard scores for Colwyn Bay
88:00
Goal George Lomax scores for Widnes

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Niall Watson is awarded player of the match for Widnes
88:00 Goal 2 - 2
George Lomax scores for Widnes
88:00 Assist
Phil Mooney makes an assist for Widnes
83:00 Sub On
George Lomax is substituted on for Widnes
83:00 Sub Off
Chris Lomax is substituted off for Widnes
82:00 Goal 1 - 2
Craig Pritchard scores for Colwyn Bay
73:00 Goal 1 - 1
Astley Mulholland scores for Colwyn Bay
68:00 Sub On
Dale Korie-Butler is substituted on for Widnes
68:00 Sub Off
Niall Watson is substituted off for Widnes
51:00 Assist
Steve Akrigg makes an assist for Widnes
51:00 Goal 1 - 0
Niall Watson scores for Widnes
46:00 Sub Off
Joe Herbert is substituted off for Widnes
46:00 Sub On
Steve Akrigg is substituted on for Widnes
46:00 Kickoff
Widnes kick off
End of period 1
1:00 Kickoff
Colwyn Bay kick off
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Widnes
  • Colwyn Bay
  • 0
  • Joe Herbert Sub Off 46:00'
  • Steve Akrigg Sub On 46:00'
  • Steve Akrigg Assist 51:00'
  • Niall Watson Goal 51:00'
  • Niall Watson Sub Off 68:00'
  • Dale Korie-Butler Sub On 68:00'
  • Astley Mulholland Goal 73:00'
  • Craig Pritchard Goal 82:00'
  • Chris Lomax Sub Off 83:00'
  • George Lomax Sub On 83:00'
  • Phil Mooney Assist 88:00'
  • George Lomax Goal 88:00'

Team selection

Wheeler, Owen Wheeler, Owen
Roberts, Jay Roberts, Jay
Johnstone, Bram Johnstone, Bram
Watson, Niall Watson, Niall
Mooney, Phil Mooney, Phil
Herbert, Joe Herbert, Joe
Myler, Sean Myler, Sean
Sheen, Sam Sheen, Sam
Hodkinson, Ben Hodkinson, Ben
Ventre, Danny Ventre, Danny
Lomax, Chris Lomax, Chris
Colwyn Bay
  • 1. Andrew Coughlan
  • 2. Alex Downes
  • 3. James Barrow
  • 4. Darren Thornton
  • 5. Will Bell
  • 6. Lassana Mendes
  • 7. Ethan Devine
  • 8. Tom McCready
  • 9. Ashley Woods
  • 10. Astley Mulholland
  • 11. Danny Andrews
  • 12. Patrick Rutter
  • 13. Blake Robinson
  • 14. Craig Pritchard
  • 15. Jordan Carrington
  • 16. Jamie Ellison

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
11. Colwyn Bay 35 49
12. Chasetown 35 42
13. Widnes 35 42
14. Droylsden 35 40
15. Newcastle Town 35 37
16. Market Drayton Town 35 37
17. Glossop North End 35 28

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