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S Akrigg (73' OG), M Hazeldine (80')
Full time
K Towey (2' Pen), B Hodkinson (37'), G Lomax (93')
Sat 26 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 213

REPORT | Clitheroe 2-3 Widnes


Stoppage-time Lomax goal helps Widnes beat Clitheroe

George Lomax produced another late show as Widnes broke Clitheroe hearts with a 3-2 win at Shawbridge on Saturday.

Kev Towey’s penalty inside the opening two minutes gave the visitors an early lead which was doubled by a composed Ben Hodkinson finish shortly before half-time.

Clitheroe rallied in the second-half as a Steve Akrigg own goal and a Max Hazeldine strike had Lee Ashworth’s men seemingly heading for a point.

However, Lomax again provided a telling contribution off the bench, finding the back of the net via a deflection in the 93rd minute to seal all three points for the Whites.

Co-bosses Akrigg and Towey made three changes to the side that drew 2-2 at home to Colwyn Bay last time out. The joint-managers both came into the side as replacements for Danny Ventre and Joe Herbert, with the latter named amongst the substitutes. Elsewhere, George Webster made his first appearance since early December, replacing Sam Sheen.

Widnes made the perfect start. Hodkinson was lively throughout and it was his pace that caused Clitheroe early problems as he went down under an Oliver Muir challenge in the area with referee Ian Gittins pointing to the spot.

Towey stepped up and finished emphatically, sending Terry the wrong way as the Widnes co-boss found the roof of the net.

The first half went the way of Widnes who never surrendered control. Hodkinson and Chris Lomax would both threaten early but both would see efforts curl wide of the target.

Clitheroe struggled to deal with Widnes’ pace and when Niall Watson sent a delicious ball in from the right, Hodkinson looked destined to score but he couldn’t quite connect with an outstretched leg.

Widnes began to crank up the pressure and Watson was unfortunate not to extend his side’s advantage after showing tremendous desire to get himself on the end of a Bram Johnstone cross only to be denied by a great Cameron Terry save.

The on-loan Accrington Stanley youngster was again thwarted by Terry following the half-hour mark, with the Clitheroe custodian getting down quickly to make the save after Watson raced on to a threaded Towey pass.

Five minutes later, Widnes’ pressure paid dividends as the visitors extended their advantage. Hodkinson seemed to have a coming together with Muir as he raced on to a lofted Myler pass but referee Gittins waved play on, allowing the Widnes striker to calmly round Terry and apply a composed finish into an empty net.

Into the second half, Clitheroe had a strong penalty appeal waved away as Hazeldine tumbled under an Akrigg challenge but referee Gittins was unimpressed despite the groans from the home support.

The game began to open up as a reinvigorated Clitheroe controlled possession but failed to trouble Widnes goalkeeper Owen Wheeler.

Widnes had the ball in the net 10 minutes into the second-half but Hodkinson was denied his second goal of the afternoon by a very late flag for offside.

Clitheroe enjoyed their best spell beyond the hour as Widnes found themselves penned in. Wheeler was tested for the first time, getting down well to his left to make a good save from Michael Wilson.

George Lomax and Rob Bourne were introduced from the bench for Widnes who continued to find themselves under the cosh as Blues’ skipper Jacob Gregory dragged an effort off target.

17 minutes from time, Clitheroe gave themselves a lifeline. Hazeldine found space in the area to drill a cross across the face of goal that ricocheted off the legs of Widnes co-boss Akrigg and into the net, completely wrong-footing Wheeler.

That gave Clitheroe a boost but they again had to rely on the services of Terry down the other end, as the impressive shot-stopper managed to tip a Hodkinson effort on to the bar as the hosts cleared.

Ashworth’s side had upped the tempo, and they grabbed an equaliser on the 80-minute mark. Myler and Phil Mooney both brilliantly blocked initial efforts but Harry Pratt reacted quickly to tee-up Hazeldine who hit a fine finish into the top corner to grab a crucial leveller.

The hosts had their tails up and looked likely for a winner. Attacks came in waves and with the game into added time, Hazeldine hit a powerful effort on goal that seemed destined for the net only for Wheeler to sensationally finger-tip the shot against the crossbar.

Widnes had rode their luck in the second half, and the Whites got themselves out of jail with a dramatic late winner.

The visitors poured forward on a late counter-attack with Hodkinson looking to cut in from the right. He seemed to miscue his effort but the loose ball fell to George Lomax who hit a first-time effort beyond Terry via a heavy deflection to send the visiting support into raptures.

Clitheroe were in disbelief but there was still time for a late flurry of attacks but Widnes held firm to continue their unbeaten start to 2019.

Sean Myler

Player of the Match

Sean Myler

Key moments

Scored Penalty Kev Towey scores a penalty for Widnes
Goal Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes
Own Goal Steve Akrigg scores an own goal
Goal Max Hazeldine scores for Clitheroe
90:00 +3:00
Goal George Lomax scores for Widnes


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90:00 +7:00 Player of the Match
Sean Myler is awarded player of the match for Widnes
90:00 +3:00 Goal 2 - 3
George Lomax scores for Widnes
90:00 +3:00 Assist
Ben Hodkinson makes an assist for Widnes
80:00 Goal 2 - 2
Max Hazeldine scores for Clitheroe
75:00 Sub Off
Kev Towey is substituted off for Widnes
75:00 Sub On
Dale Korie-Butler is substituted on for Widnes
73:00 Own Goal 1 - 2
Steve Akrigg scores an own goal
64:00 Sub On
Robert Bourne is substituted on for Widnes
64:00 Sub Off
Chris Lomax is substituted off for Widnes
60:00 Sub Off
Niall Watson is substituted off for Widnes
60:00 Sub On
George Lomax is substituted on for Widnes
46:00 Kickoff
Clitheroe kick off
End of period 1
39:00 Yellow Card
Kev Towey is yellow carded for Widnes
37:00 Assist
Sean Myler makes an assist for Widnes
37:00 Goal 0 - 2
Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes
2:00 Assist
Ben Hodkinson makes an assist for Widnes
2:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
Kev Towey scores a penalty for Widnes
1:00 Kickoff
Widnes kick off
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Clitheroe
  • Widnes
  • 0
  • Ben Hodkinson Assist 2:00'
  • Kev Towey Scored Penalty 2:00'
  • Sean Myler Assist 37:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Goal 37:00'
  • Kev Towey Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Niall Watson Sub Off 60:00'
  • George Lomax Sub On 60:00'
  • Chris Lomax Sub Off 64:00'
  • Robert Bourne Sub On 64:00'
  • Steve Akrigg Own Goal 73:00'
  • Kev Towey Sub Off 75:00'
  • Dale Korie-Butler Sub On 75:00'
  • Max Hazeldine Goal 80:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Assist 90:00 +3:00'
  • George Lomax Goal 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Wheeler, Owen Wheeler, Owen
Roberts, Jay Roberts, Jay
Johnstone, Bram Johnstone, Bram
Mooney, Phil Mooney, Phil
Akrigg, Steve Akrigg, Steve
Watson, Niall Watson, Niall
Lomax, Chris Lomax, Chris
Myler, Sean Myler, Sean
Webster, George Webster, George
Towey, Kev Towey, Kev
Hodkinson, Ben Hodkinson, Ben
  • 1. Cameron Terry
  • 2. Jason Jeffries
  • 3. Jordyn Fitton
  • 4. Michael Wilson
  • 5. Oliver Muir
  • 6. Josh Gregory
  • 7. Antoine Recizac
  • 8. Hyuga Tanner
  • 9. Harry Pratt
  • 10. Max Hazeldine
  • 11. Jacob Gregory
  • 12. Harry Blackburn
  • 13. James Sloane
  • 14. Michael Roddy
  • 15. Harry Cannon-Noren
  • 16. Josh Snowden

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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