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Kidsgrove Athletic
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C Ready (25'), D Ventre (69' Sent Off)
Sat 13 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 145

REPORT | Kidsgrove Athletic 1-1 Widnes


10-man Widnes held to draw

Conor Ready netted his first goal for the club but Widnes were held to a 1-1 draw at Kidsgrove Athletic on Saturday, with Danny Ventre seeing red for the visitors.

Ready’s 25th minute strike put Widnes in front but the visitors dropped points from a winning position for the fifth time in their previous six league matches as Oliver Jepson headed a late equaliser.

Jepson made a crucial contribution off the bench and was on the receiving end of a late Ventre challenge that saw the Widnes man shown a straight red card minutes before netting what proved to be the equaliser.

It was a bitter blow for a Widnes side who arguably deserved more for their efforts as the Whites continue to await a first league win in four.

Co-bosses Steve Akrigg and Kev Towey made five changes to the side beaten by Atherton Collieries, with Richie Mottram making a first league start in goal since December as he came in for the unavailable Owen Wheeler.

Elsewhere, Phil Mooney replaced the suspended Sam Sheen while Ready, Harry Brazel and Ben Hodkinson were preferred to George Lomax, Sean Myler and Niall Watson.

There was little to separate the two sides in the opening exchanges, with Kidsgrove failing to trouble Mottram as Anthony Malbon and Kyle Blake both blazed over for the hosts.

It was Widnes who opened the scoring following the half’s midway point. Jay Roberts’ cross from the right was only half dealt with and Ready reacted quickest to fire home on the turn to open his account for the Whites.

Widnes would go on to control the remainder of the half, with a crucial sliding challenge from James O’Neill preventing Hodkinson from increasing the visitors’ advantage, while Finlay Sinclair-Smith would shoot off target moments later.

The visitors’ momentum carried into the second half as Widnes pushed for the game’s crucial second goal. Hodkinson would force a decent save out of Kieran Harrison after capitalising on a Kyle Diskin slip, while George Webster would strike inches wide.

Nevertheless, the pendulum swung in the hosts’ favour when stand-in skipper Ventre was dismissed for a lunging challenge on Jepson, leaving Widnes with a big test of character against a side who had scored 11 goals in their previous four outings.

Half chances would come and go for Kidsgrove as Jepson would nod wide while Chris Baker’s inviting cross evaded Malbon in the area as Athletic pushed for an equaliser.

Kidsgrove would grab a crucial leveller nine minutes from time when Jepson found the net with a bullet of a header to rescue a point for the hosts, who were perhaps fortunate to end the game with a full complement of players when keeper Harrison escaped punishment for a wild challenge on Hodkinson.

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Key moments

Goal Conor Ready scores for Widnes
Red Card Danny Ventre is sent off for Widnes


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89:00 Sub Off
Ben Hodkinson is substituted off for Widnes
89:00 Sub On
Niall Watson is substituted on for Widnes
86:00 Sub Off
Conor Ready is substituted off for Widnes
86:00 Sub On
Michael Grogan is substituted on for Widnes
79:00 Sub Off
Finlay Sinclair-Smith is substituted off for Widnes
79:00 Sub On
Brendan O'Brien is substituted on for Widnes
69:00 Red Card 0 - 1
Danny Ventre is sent off for Widnes
66:00 Yellow Card
Shaun Holden is yellow carded for Widnes
End of period 1
25:00 Goal 0 - 1
Conor Ready scores for Widnes
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Kidsgrove Athletic
  • Widnes
  • 0
  • Conor Ready Goal 25:00'
  • Shaun Holden Yellow Card 66:00'
  • Danny Ventre Red Card 69:00'
  • Finlay Sinclair-Smith Sub Off 79:00'
  • Brendan O'Brien Sub On 79:00'
  • Conor Ready Sub Off 86:00'
  • Michael Grogan Sub On 86:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Sub Off 89:00'
  • Niall Watson Sub On 89:00'

Team selection

Mottram, Richie Mottram, Richie
Roberts, Jay Roberts, Jay
Holden, Shaun Holden, Shaun
Ready, Conor Ready, Conor
Mooney, Phil Mooney, Phil
Herbert, Joe Herbert, Joe
Webster, George Webster, George
Ventre, Danny Ventre, Danny
Hodkinson, Ben Hodkinson, Ben
Brazel, Harry Brazel, Harry
Sinclair-Smith, Finlay Sinclair-Smith, Finlay

League round up

Other West Division results

Atherton Collieries
Runcorn Linnets
Colwyn Bay

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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