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Newcastle Town
J Cole (47'), C Smith (75')
Full time
G Lomax (90')
Sat 23 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 225

REPORT | Newcastle Town 2-1 Widnes


Whites slip to first defeat in three

Widnes were left to rue a number of missed chances as the Whites suffered a 2-1 defeat away at Newcastle Town on Saturday.

After a goalless first half, Town broke the deadlock less than three minutes into the second half through Jordan Cole, with Chris Smith doubling the hosts’ advantage 15 minutes from time.

With the game seemingly out of reach, Widnes rallied but George Lomax’s stoppage time goal on his 100th appearance for the Club was little more than a consolation.

GALLERY | Newcastle Town v Widnes
80 photos

Steve Akrigg and Kev Towey named an unchanged line-up that were beaten on penalties in the Liverpool Senior Cup in midweek, although there was a welcomed return to the matchday squad for defender Joe Herbert, who hasn’t featured since early February due to injury.

The visitors started positively, with Chris Lomax carving the game’s first attempt on goal but was denied by a comfortable Ryan Livesey save.

Widnes’ away form has been one of the positives of their debut Evo-Stik League campaign, with the Whites’ record of eight wins bettered by only four sides and equalled by two.

They were relatively untroubled in the early exchanges by Town, who struggled against a stout, but rather comfortable Widnes backline.

Lomax should have notched his side ahead midway through the half, finding himself one-on-one with Livesey but the Newcastle custodian got down well to make the save with his feet.

Newcastle slowly began to find their feet, but Cole couldn’t get on the end of a teasing Michael Conlon cross as Owen Wheeler remained untested.

But Widnes were on top and their best chance of the half fell to Blackpool loanee Finlay Sinclair-Smith after a poor touch by Smith. The youngster looked to capitalise and advanced one-on-one with Livesey, trying to round the keeper who was alert enough to get down well and collect the loose ball.

Whatever was said at half-time by Newcastle boss Robin van der Laan seemed to pay instant dividends as the hosts caught Widnes cold to break the deadlock.

Moments after Smith had poked wide within seconds of the restart, James Steele turned away from a challenge on the halfway line to quickly release Cole in behind who made no mistake to fire Town into the lead.

Co-bosses Akrigg and Towey would have been disappointed to find themselves behind, and although the visitors responded positively, they were undone for a second time in the closing stages that seemingly secured all three points for Newcastle.

Widnes failed to deal with a long Josh Williams throw, with the ball eventually making its way through to Smith, who converted from close-range to increase the hosts’ advantage.

The visibly frustrated visitors piled the pressure late on and were rewarded for their efforts with a goal as substitute George Lomax turned home from a Jay Roberts cross to grab little more than a consolation for Widnes who stay 12th in the table.

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Key moments

Goal Jordan Cole scores for Newcastle Town
Goal Chris Smith scores for Newcastle Town
Goal George Lomax scores for Widnes

Videos and photos

GALLERY | Newcastle Town v Widnes
80 photos


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90:00 Assist
Jay Roberts makes an assist for Widnes
90:00 Goal 2 - 1
George Lomax scores for Widnes
81:00 Yellow Card
Chris Lomax is yellow carded for Widnes
76:00 Sub On
Joe Herbert is substituted on for Widnes
76:00 Sub Off
George Webster is substituted off for Widnes
75:00 Goal 2 - 0
Chris Smith scores for Newcastle Town
66:00 Sub Off
Harry Brazel is substituted off for Widnes
66:00 Sub On
Conor Ready is substituted on for Widnes
60:00 Sub Off
Ben Hodkinson is substituted off for Widnes
60:00 Sub On
George Lomax is substituted on for Widnes
47:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jordan Cole scores for Newcastle Town
46:00 Kickoff
Newcastle Town kick off
End of period 1
1:00 Kickoff
Widnes kick off
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Newcastle Town
  • Widnes
  • 0
  • Jordan Cole Goal 47:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Sub Off 60:00'
  • George Lomax Sub On 60:00'
  • Harry Brazel Sub Off 66:00'
  • Conor Ready Sub On 66:00'
  • Chris Smith Goal 75:00'
  • George Webster Sub Off 76:00'
  • Joe Herbert Sub On 76:00'
  • Chris Lomax Yellow Card 81:00'
  • Jay Roberts Assist 90:00'
  • George Lomax Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Wheeler, Owen Wheeler, Owen
Roberts, Jay Roberts, Jay
Holden, Shaun Holden, Shaun
Sinclair-Smith, Finlay Sinclair-Smith, Finlay
Burke, Mike Burke, Mike
Sheen, Sam Sheen, Sam
Webster, George Webster, George
Grogan, Michael Grogan, Michael
Lomax, Chris Lomax, Chris
Brazel, Harry Brazel, Harry
Hodkinson, Ben Hodkinson, Ben
Newcastle Town
  • 1. Ryan Livesey
  • 2. Michael Conlon
  • 3. Josh Williams
  • 4. Benjamin Fraser
  • 5. Matthew Lowe
  • 6. Luke Dennis
  • 7. Matthew Ward
  • 8. Sam Bradbury
  • 9. Jordan Cole
  • 10. Chris Smith
  • 11. James Steele
  • 12. Jack van der Laan
  • 13. Taylor Attrell
  • 14. Reinaldo Forbes
  • 15. Samir Azam
  • 16. Matthew Johnson

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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