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Widnes
Skelmersdale United
J Roberts (35'), N Watson (71'), M Molyneux (10' OG), L Keegan (75' OG)
Full time
J Tyrer (91')
Sat 16 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 117

REPORT | Widnes 4-1 Skelmersdale United

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Widnes sink struggling Skem

Two own goals helped Widnes see-off struggling Skelmersdale United with a 4-1 win at the Halton Stadium on Saturday.

A Marvin Molyneux own goal and Jay Roberts’ first Widnes goal since December 2017 sent the hosts in at the break with a 2-0 lead.

Niall Watson added a third before Louis Keegan put through his own net as Widnes emphatically recorded their first home league win since returning to the Halton Stadium in February.

Jordan Tyrer netted a late consolation for Skelmersdale, who sit bottom of the table with nine games left to play, 11 points from safety.

With one eye on Tuesday’s Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final at Prescot Cables, co-bosses Steve Akrigg and Kev Towey made three changes to the side held to a draw by Droylsden last time out.

Michael Grogan, Sam Sheen and Chris Lomax were all named amongst the substitutes as Sean Myler, Mike Burke and Watson were handed recalls.

After a slow opening to proceedings, Widnes were gifted an opener in the 12th minute.

A freak own goal handed the hosts the lead as mis-communication between Molyneux and Ryan Kirkman saw the former over-hit an attempted backpass that left his goalkeeper completely stranded, with the ball rolling into the empty net.

Widnes were handed a fortuitous opener but they wasted a golden opportunity to increase their lead two minutes later as Ben Hodkinson raced clear only to shoot straight at Kirkman who made a comfortable save.

Watson then had a goal ruled out for offside from the following corner as he turned home from Phil Mooney’s header as Widnes continued to exercise their control.

Skelmersdale grew in confidence as the half wore on, and after Sean Yeldrem won possession back in Widnes’ half, Thomas Grimshaw looked certain to equalise for Paul McNally’s visitors only to be denied by a really good Owen Wheeler save.

Despite the scare, Widnes responded and soon increased their advantage. Myler’s quick-thinking from a free-kick kickstarted a Whites’ attack, with Roberts playing a neat one-two with Hodkinson before finding the net with a well-taken finish.

Credit to Skelmersdale, who despite being the league’s bottom club and with only one away win all season, produced a resilient performance but lacked composure in front of goal, with John Keatley wasting a good opportunity just before half-time, slicing an effort well wide.

Akrigg and Towey’s men continued to threaten however, with Harry Brazel blazing over while former Skem man Mooney headed off target from Finlay Sinclair-Smith’s corner.

Into the second half, Widnes’ tempo dropped allowing Skelmersdale to enjoy their best spell, forcing the hosts into a solid defensive shift.

Molyneux would strike over for McNally’s men who started the second half the better of the two sides.

It was a largely forgettable opening half of the second period, with Widnes all-but putting the game out of Skelmersdale’s reach 20 minutes from time.

Conor Ready, introduced from the bench minutes earlier, combined well with Roberts who produced a teasing ball in towards the back-post that was begging for a crucial touch. Watson duly obliged, as the on-loan Accrington Stanley youngster prodded home from close-range.

It was 4-0 five minutes later. Towey came off the bench to make an immediate impact, driving into the area before looking to pick out a teammate at the back-post with his cut-back, but Skem man Keegan put through his own net with Myler lurking and almost certain to score.

Watson could have added his second to Widnes’ tally moments later, seizing on to a wonderfully-crafted George Webster through-ball only to wildly strike over from the edge of the D.

Skelmersdale arguably deserved a goal for their efforts and they were rewarded in second-half stoppage time with Tyrer heading in a consolation from a corner.

Jay Roberts

Player of the Match

Jay Roberts

Key moments

10:00
Own Goal Marvin Molyneux scores an own goal
35:00
Goal Jay Roberts scores for Widnes
71:00
Goal Niall Watson scores for Widnes
75:00
Own Goal Louis Keegan scores an own goal
90:00 +1:00
Goal Jordan Tyrer scores for Skelmersdale United

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Highlights

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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Jay Roberts is awarded player of the match for Widnes
90:00 +1:00 Goal 4 - 1
Jordan Tyrer scores for Skelmersdale United
75:00 Own Goal 4 - 0
Louis Keegan scores an own goal
75:00 Assist
Kev Towey makes an assist for Widnes
72:00 Sub On
Kev Towey is substituted on for Widnes
72:00 Sub On
Michael Grogan is substituted on for Widnes
72:00 Sub Off
Ben Hodkinson is substituted off for Widnes
72:00 Sub Off
Harry Brazel is substituted off for Widnes
71:00 Assist
Jay Roberts makes an assist for Widnes
71:00 Goal 3 - 0
Niall Watson scores for Widnes
61:00 Sub Off
Finlay Sinclair-Smith is substituted off for Widnes
61:00 Sub On
Conor Ready is substituted on for Widnes
46:00 Kickoff
Skelmersdale United kick off
End of period 1
35:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jay Roberts scores for Widnes
35:00 Assist
Ben Hodkinson makes an assist for Widnes
10:00 Own Goal 1 - 0
Marvin Molyneux scores an own goal
1:00 Kickoff
Widnes kick off
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Widnes
  • Skelmersdale United
  • 0
  • Marvin Molyneux Own Goal 10:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Assist 35:00'
  • Jay Roberts Goal 35:00'
  • Finlay Sinclair-Smith Sub Off 61:00'
  • Conor Ready Sub On 61:00'
  • Jay Roberts Assist 71:00'
  • Niall Watson Goal 71:00'
  • Harry Brazel Sub Off 72:00'
  • Michael Grogan Sub On 72:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Sub Off 72:00'
  • Kev Towey Sub On 72:00'
  • Kev Towey Assist 75:00'
  • Louis Keegan Own Goal 75:00'
  • Jordan Tyrer Goal 90:00 +1:00'

Team selection

Wheeler, Owen Wheeler, Owen
Roberts, Jay Roberts, Jay
Holden, Shaun Holden, Shaun
Sinclair-Smith, Finlay Sinclair-Smith, Finlay
Burke, Mike Burke, Mike
Mooney, Phil Mooney, Phil
Webster, George Webster, George
Myler, Sean Myler, Sean
Watson, Niall Watson, Niall
Brazel, Harry Brazel, Harry
Hodkinson, Ben Hodkinson, Ben
Skelmersdale United
  • 1. Ryan Kirkman
  • 2. Louis Keegan
  • 3. Matthew Coughlan
  • 4. Marvin Molyneux
  • 5. Michael Sampson
  • 6. Jordan Tyrer
  • 7. Sean Yeldrem
  • 8. Thomas Grimshaw
  • 9. John Keatley
  • 10. Liam Wood
  • 11. Alex Griffiths
  • 12. Luis Ribeiro
  • 13. Tommy Lent
  • 14. Joel Douglas
  • 15. Danny McLoughlin
  • 16. Terry Smith

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# 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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