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Chasetown
Widnes
J Askey (35'), W Whieldon (43'), T Hill (94')
Full time
G Lomax (23'), S Myler (37' Sent Off)
Sat 16 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 194

REPORT | Chasetown 3-1 Widnes

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10-man Widnes beaten at Chasetown

Sean Myler was shown the first red card of his career as 10-man Widnes fell to a 3-1 defeat away at Chasetown.

Widnes had taken a 23rd minute lead when George Lomax netted his third goal since the turn of the year, but Chasetown replied 12 minutes later when James Askey headed home an equaliser.

Myler was then shown his second yellow card that left Widnes on the back foot and the hosts soon took the lead when Will Whieldon sensationally lobbed Owen Wheeler from 40 yards out.

Despite their one-man disadvantage, Widnes edged the second half and were deserving of at least a point for their efforts, but a late Thomas Hill strike sealed all three points for Chasetown.

Co-bosses Steve Akrigg and Kev Towey made six changes to the side beaten at home by Mossley last time out. Four of those were enforced with Phil Mooney and Mike Burke unavailable, while Danny Ventre (elbow) and Akrigg (knee) were ruled out through injury. Elsewhere, Jamal Crawford and Towey dropped to the bench.

Harry Brazel was handed a full debut in midfield alongside the recalled Myler and George Webster. Sam Sheen deputised at centre-half and Chris Lomax filled in at left-back in a makeshift defence, while Ben Hodkinson was restored to the starting line-up on the left of a front-three.

Widnes made a bright start with Niall Watson registering the game’s first shot on goal, blazing over after good work by Brazel.

Brazel then had a penalty shout turned down moments later. Chasetown keeper Curtis Pond made a mess of Jay Roberts’ slightly over-hit through-ball, appearing to trip Brazel as the former Runcorn Town man looked to capitalise. Instead, Brazel was bizarrely penalised for a foul on the Scholars shot-stopper.

Chasetown carried a threat on the counter-attack, going close when a moment of hesitation from Widnes keeper Wheeler presented Hill with an opportunity, only to direct his header off target.

Widnes took the lead midway through the half. A period of sustained pressure from the visitors paid off as Myler threaded a pass through to Lomax, who found the bottom corner on the turn with Pond well-beaten.

The Scholars looked to respond following the half-hour as a well-worked move as Whieldon played Hill in behind, one-on-one with Wheeler but Michael Grogan made a superb recovery to clear the striker’s goal-bound effort off the line.

From the resulting corner, Chasetown were level as Askey peeled away from Watson to power a header home despite the best efforts of Roberts on the line.

Widnes almost immediately restored their lead as Chasetown skipper Ryan Wynter gifted Brazel a gilt-edged opportunity but Pond stood firm to make a decent save.

Moments later, the game swung in Chasetown’s favour as Myler was shown a second yellow card in eight minutes by referee Mark Pearson after catching Danny Cocks with a sliding challenge.

With the team a man down, and short on personnel, Widnes went into damage limitation for the remainder of the half, but their plans were undone two minutes before the break.

The visitors conceded possession to Whieldon on the halfway line who advanced forward before spotting Wheeler off his line. The striker hit a stunning effort towards goal that left the Widnes custodian stranded as the ball floated into the back of the net.

Widnes looked to respond in the second half, but Chasetown were unfortunate not to have been awarded a penalty 10 minutes after the interval when Webster and Cocks had a coming together in the area, but referee Pearson wasn’t interested.

Scholars substitute George Cater should have really added a third on the hour, but he wasted a glorious opportunity by bizarrely opting to attempt a backheel that spectacularly failed, allowing Wheeler to clear away the danger, with Chris Lomax standing firm to block the follow-up effort.

Widnes to their credit stayed in touching distance and were desperately unlucky not to have equalised midway through the half as both Grogan and Hodkinson had seemingly goal-bound efforts cleared off the line.

On-loan Crawford and Conor Ready – the latter available again after a four-month injury lay-off – were introduced from the bench as Widnes went in search of an elusive equaliser.

The visitors’ best chance came 13 minutes from time when Hodkinson raced clear with only Pond to beat, but the Chasetown keeper pulled off a great save to push the striker’s powerful volley away to safety.

Widnes threw everything but the kitchen sink at their hosts in stoppage time, but the Scholars sealed all three points as Hill tucked home at the second attempt after having an initial effort saved by Wheeler.

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Key moments

23:00
Goal George Lomax scores for Widnes
35:00
Goal James Askey scores for Chasetown
37:00
Red Card Sean Myler is sent off for Widnes
43:00
Goal Will Whieldon scores for Chasetown
90:00 +4:00
Goal Thomas Hill scores for Chasetown

Highlights

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90:00 +6:00 Player of the Match
Ben Hodkinson is awarded player of the match for Widnes
90:00 +4:00 Goal 3 - 1
Thomas Hill scores for Chasetown
90:00 +2:00 Yellow Card
Chris Lomax is yellow carded for Widnes
72:00 Sub Off
George Lomax is substituted off for Widnes
72:00 Sub On
Conor Ready is substituted on for Widnes
72:00 Sub On
Jamal Crawford is substituted on for Widnes
72:00 Sub Off
Niall Watson is substituted off for Widnes
70:00 Yellow Card
Michael Grogan is yellow carded for Widnes
46:00 Kickoff
Chasetown kick off
End of period 1
43:00 Goal 2 - 1
Will Whieldon scores for Chasetown
37:00 Red Card 1 - 1
Sean Myler is sent off for Widnes
35:00 Goal 1 - 1
James Askey scores for Chasetown
29:00 Yellow Card
Sean Myler is yellow carded for Widnes
23:00 Assist
Sean Myler makes an assist for Widnes
23:00 Goal 0 - 1
George Lomax scores for Widnes
20:00 Yellow Card
Sam Sheen is yellow carded for Widnes
1:00 Kickoff
Widnes kick off
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Chasetown
  • Widnes
  • 0
  • Sam Sheen Yellow Card 20:00'
  • Sean Myler Assist 23:00'
  • George Lomax Goal 23:00'
  • Sean Myler Yellow Card 29:00'
  • James Askey Goal 35:00'
  • Sean Myler Red Card 37:00'
  • Will Whieldon Goal 43:00'
  • Michael Grogan Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Niall Watson Sub Off 72:00'
  • George Lomax Sub Off 72:00'
  • Jamal Crawford Sub On 72:00'
  • Conor Ready Sub On 72:00'
  • Chris Lomax Yellow Card 90:00 +2:00'
  • Thomas Hill Goal 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Wheeler, Owen Wheeler, Owen
Roberts, Jay Roberts, Jay
Lomax, Chris Lomax, Chris
Watson, Niall Watson, Niall
Grogan, Michael Grogan, Michael
Sheen, Sam Sheen, Sam
Webster, George Webster, George
Myler, Sean Myler, Sean
Hodkinson, Ben Hodkinson, Ben
Brazel, Harry Brazel, Harry
Lomax, George Lomax, George
Chasetown
  • 1. Curtis Pond
  • 2. Sam Tonks
  • 3. Callum Cockerill-Mollett
  • 4. Ryan Wynter
  • 5. Daniel Vann
  • 6. James Askey
  • 7. Liam Kirton
  • 8. Callum Lovatt
  • 9. Thomas Hill
  • 10. Will Whieldon
  • 11. Daniel Cocks
  • 12. Jake Thomas
  • 13. George Cater
  • 14. Harry Goode
  • 15. Jarrett Hylton
  • 16. Jack Langston

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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