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Widnes
Leek Town
G Lomax (66' Sent Off)
Full time
R Stevenson (37'), A Bott (46')
Sat 23 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 126

REPORT | Widnes 0-2 Leek Town

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Widnes suffer fourth straight league defeat

Goals from Rob Stevenson and Aaron Bott either side of half time saw Widnes suffer a 2-0 home defeat to Leek Town on Saturday.

Ben Hodkinson had a first half penalty saved before Stevenson opened the scoring seven minutes before the break after Widnes cheaply conceded possession inside their own half.

And Bott would make it 2-0 less than a minute into the second period to condemn Widnes to a fourth straight Evo-Stik League defeat, who had George Lomax sent off on a miserable afternoon at the Halton Stadium.

The result means that Widnes are still searching for a first home league win in 2019 – a run of one home victory in their previous 10 outings.

Widnes made three changes to the side that beat Everton in the Liverpool Senior Cup in midweek. Owen Wheeler returned in goal, while Phil Mooney and Niall Watson came in for the suspended Sean Myler and Jamal Crawford, with the latter dropping to the bench.

Leek started the better of the two sides, controlling plenty of possession with Bott and Dan Trickett-Smith missing the target with early efforts.

However, the visitors seemed to lack imagination in the final third with Widnes threatening on the break with former Leek man Harry Brazel forcing Danny Roberts into a good save.

The hosts were awarded a golden opportunity to take the lead midway through the half. Lomax split the Leek defence with an inviting through-ball that was latched on to by Brazel, only to be brought down in the area by Billy Reeves.

Referee Darren Brown showed little hesitation in pointing to the spot, but Hodkinson saw his spot-kick denied by the outstretched glove of Roberts, with Leek smuggling away any resulting danger.

Roberts’ save seemed to spur on the visitors who enjoyed a positive spell but routinely found themselves coming unstuck by Widnes’ disciplined defensive gameplan.

Wheeler produced a brilliant save to tip a free Stevenson header over, while Bott nodded wide from the resulting corner.

With the interval approaching, Leek soon broke the deadlock. Widnes were the authors of their own undoing as Mooney lost possession 25 yards from his own goal, allowing Stevenson to advance and rifle a shot on goal that beat Wheeler at his near-post despite the home goalkeeper getting a glove on the effort.

Widnes responded positively and enjoyed their best spell of the half as half-time beckoned. Jay Roberts would play a neat one-two with Hodkinson before forcing a decent save out of Leek keeper Roberts.

Hodkinson would then find himself in behind the Leek defence with only Roberts to beat, but his first touch bounced against the visitors’ custodian as the former Bootle forward looked to round the on-rushing keeper.

Co-bosses Steve Akrigg and Kev Towey would have been optimistic about their side’s chances after a positive first half, but the Whites suffered a crucial blow within the opening minute of the second half.

The hosts quickly conceded possession and Leek ruthlessly pounced as Trickett-Smith played a pass through to Bott who lifted a deft finish over the oncoming Wheeler to give the visitors a bit of extra breathing space.

The Blues were gifted an excellent chance to add a third on 53 minutes when Leek were awarded a penalty. Mooney was penalised for a shirt pull on Sanders that only referee Brown seemed to see, as he pointed to the spot much to the bewilderment of players and supporters from both sides.

Widnes will feel that justice was done however, as Bott’s spot-kick was beaten away by Wheeler, who saved his third penalty of the season.

The hosts almost halved the deficit on the hour. Chris Lomax hit an in-swinging corner that seemed to catch everyone out but Marc Grocott at the back-post, who cleared off the line.

Any hope of a Widnes comeback diminished midway through the half as the hosts were reduced to 10-men, with George Lomax shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident with Jack Sanders.

With that, Leek settled into a rhythm and were content to see the game out, although they could have added a third had Aaron Dwyer not made a mess of Tim Grice’s well-crafted cross three minutes from time.

Harry Brazel

Player of the Match

Harry Brazel

Key moments

37:00
Goal Rob Stevenson scores for Leek Town
46:00
Goal Aaron Bott scores for Leek Town
66:00
Red Card George Lomax is sent off for Widnes

Highlights

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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Harry Brazel is awarded player of the match for Widnes
90:00 +2:00 Yellow Card
Michael Grogan is yellow carded for Widnes
74:00 Sub Off
George Webster is substituted off for Widnes
74:00 Sub On
Jamal Crawford is substituted on for Widnes
68:00 Sub Off
Niall Watson is substituted off for Widnes
68:00 Sub On
Shaun Holden is substituted on for Widnes
66:00 Red Card 0 - 2
George Lomax is sent off for Widnes
55:00 Saved Penalty
Owen Wheeler saves a penalty for Widnes
46:00 Kickoff
Widnes kick off
46:00 Goal 0 - 2
Aaron Bott scores for Leek Town
End of period 1
37:00 Goal 0 - 1
Rob Stevenson scores for Leek Town
23:00 Missed Penalty
Ben Hodkinson misses a penalty for Widnes
1:00 Kickoff
Leek Town kick off
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Widnes
  • Leek Town
  • 0
  • Ben Hodkinson Missed Penalty 23:00'
  • Rob Stevenson Goal 37:00'
  • Aaron Bott Goal 46:00'
  • Owen Wheeler Saved Penalty 55:00'
  • George Lomax Red Card 66:00'
  • Niall Watson Sub Off 68:00'
  • Shaun Holden Sub On 68:00'
  • George Webster Sub Off 74:00'
  • Jamal Crawford Sub On 74:00'
  • Michael Grogan Yellow Card 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Wheeler, Owen Wheeler, Owen
Roberts, Jay Roberts, Jay
Lomax, Chris Lomax, Chris
Watson, Niall Watson, Niall
Mooney, Phil Mooney, Phil
Sheen, Sam Sheen, Sam
Webster, George Webster, George
Grogan, Michael Grogan, Michael
Hodkinson, Ben Hodkinson, Ben
Brazel, Harry Brazel, Harry
Lomax, George Lomax, George
Leek Town
  • 1. Danny Roberts
  • 2. Niall Green
  • 3. Lewis Short
  • 4. Marc Grocott
  • 5. Darren Chadwick
  • 6. Jack Sanders
  • 7. Charlie Walford
  • 8. Billy Reeves
  • 9. Aaron Bott
  • 10. Dan Trickett-Smith
  • 11. Rob Stevenson
  • 12. Tim Grice
  • 13. Niall Maguire
  • 14. Lee Wilshaw
  • 15. Scott Lycett
  • 16. Aaron Dwyer

League round up

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3
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Kendal Town
Colwyn Bay
9
0
Droylsden
1
0
1
1
Atherton Collieries
Runcorn Linnets
2
2
Trafford
0
4
Ramsbottom United

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# Team Pl Pts
10. Prescot Cables 30 48
11. Kidsgrove Athletic 30 41
12. Widnes 32 41
13. Droylsden 31 40
14. Chasetown 31 36
15. Newcastle Town 29 34
16. Market Drayton Town 31 30

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