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J Herbert (26'), B Hodkinson (88', 90')
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R Webb-Foster (7'), A Curran (24')
Sat 20 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - West Division Attendance 125

REPORT | Widnes 3-2 Colne


Hodkinson inspires Widnes comeback

Ben Hodkinson netted a dramatic late double as Widnes came from two goals down to defeat Colne 3-2 at the Halton Stadium.

Things were rosy for Colne at the midway point of the first half when goals from Reece Webb-Foster and Alex Curran had Steve Cunningham’s visitors two goals to the good, but Joe Herbert halved the deficit as the half-hour mark approached.

Hodkinson would complete an extraordinary comeback inside second half stoppage time with a deft lob, mere moments after heading home a certain equaliser two minutes from time.

The win was Widnes’ first league triumph in their previous four games, denting Colne’s play-off ambitions in the process.

Co-boss Steve Akrigg and Kev Towey made one change to the side that drew at Kidsgrove last time out, with Michael Grogan replacing the suspended Danny Ventre in midfield.

Widnes started positively and could have taken a fifth-minute lead. Shaun Holden fizzed a cross towards the back-post but Finlay Sinclair-Smith’s seemingly goalbound effort was hooked off the line by Simon Nangle.

Colne responded and took a seventh-minute lead. Goalkeeper Richie Mottram collided with defender Phil Mooney as he attempted to deal with a long ball forward, allowing Webb-Foster to duly capitalise as the forward applied a composed finish into an empty net.

Widnes looked for an immediate leveller with Harry Brazel shooting over moments before Waqas Azam forced a comfortable save out of Mottram at the other end.

Colne would soon double their lead. Curran collected a pass on the edge of the area and superbly turned away from Grogan to fire home an effort that beat Mottram at his near-post, leaving Widnes with it all to do.

The Whites mustered the perfect response. Colne keeper Hakan Burton fumbled a Sinclair-Smith corner, with Conor Ready turning the loose ball on to the upright but Herbert was on hand to force a close-range effort over the line.

Widnes went in at the break firmly in the contest but could have found themselves 3-1 down seconds following the restart, but Brad Lynch could only volley wide of the target.

Lynch threatened early in the second half for the visiting Reds, striking the foot of the post after Widnes failed to deal with a long throw-in.

However, that was as good as it got in the second half for Colne as Widnes controlled possession and created the better openings but failed to test Burton as time whittled down.

Brendan O’Brien, Chris Lomax and Niall Watson were all introduced from the bench as Widnes went in search of an equaliser that was well within reach.

It was Lomax who almost made a telling contribution, showcasing great footwork to engineer space for a shot on goal that was well-handled by Burton.

A deserved equaliser came two minutes from time. Lomax was again involved, curling in a delicious cross that was superbly met by Hodkinson, who powered a glancing header beyond the outstretched Burton.

There was still time for further drama as a laboured Colne side looked vulnerable in the warm weather conditions. The Reds would force a late corner, but a poor delivery allowed Widnes to launch a match-winning counter-attack.

After Lee Pugh’s corner was routinely headed away, Ready hooked away the danger which the lively Hodkinson looked to latch on to. The former Bootle man beat Nangle for pace to race clear and lift a well-taken winner over the oncoming Burton to clinch all three points for Widnes.

Widnes now face a quick turnaround as the Whites head to neighbours Runcorn Linnets on Easter Monday, before ending the season at home to Kendal Town next Saturday.

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Key moments

Goal Reece Webb-Foster scores for Colne
Goal Alex Curran scores for Colne
Goal Joe Herbert scores for Widnes
Goal Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes
Goal Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes

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90:00 Goal 3 - 2
Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes
90:00 Assist
Conor Ready makes an assist for Widnes
88:00 Goal 2 - 2
Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes
88:00 Assist
Chris Lomax makes an assist for Widnes
85:00 Sub On
Niall Watson is substituted on for Widnes
85:00 Sub Off
Finlay Sinclair-Smith is substituted off for Widnes
77:00 Sub Off
Harry Brazel is substituted off for Widnes
77:00 Sub On
Chris Lomax is substituted on for Widnes
70:00 Sub Off
Michael Grogan is substituted off for Widnes
70:00 Sub On
Brendan O'Brien is substituted on for Widnes
46:00 Kickoff
Widnes kick off
End of period 1
45:00 +49:00 Player of the Match
Ben Hodkinson is awarded player of the match for Widnes
26:00 Goal 1 - 2
Joe Herbert scores for Widnes
24:00 Goal 0 - 2
Alex Curran scores for Colne
7:00 Goal 0 - 1
Reece Webb-Foster scores for Colne
1:00 Kickoff
Colne kick off
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Widnes
  • Colne
  • 0
  • Reece Webb-Foster Goal 7:00'
  • Alex Curran Goal 24:00'
  • Joe Herbert Goal 26:00'
  • Michael Grogan Sub Off 70:00'
  • Brendan O'Brien Sub On 70:00'
  • Harry Brazel Sub Off 77:00'
  • Chris Lomax Sub On 77:00'
  • Finlay Sinclair-Smith Sub Off 85:00'
  • Niall Watson Sub On 85:00'
  • Chris Lomax Assist 88:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Goal 88:00'
  • Conor Ready Assist 90:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Goal 90:00'

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
Grogan, Michael Grogan, Michael
Hodkinson, Ben Hodkinson, Ben
Brazel, Harry Brazel, Harry
Sinclair-Smith, Finlay Sinclair-Smith, Finlay
  • 1. Hakan Burton
  • 2. Waqas Azam
  • 3. Lee Pugh
  • 4. Matthew Makinson
  • 5. Andrew Hollins
  • 6. Simon Nangle
  • 7. Reece Webb-Foster
  • 8. Marcus Poscha
  • 9. Bradley Knox
  • 10. Alex Curran
  • 11. Bradley Lynch
  • 12. Billy Priestley
  • 13. Matthew Morgan
  • 14. Morgan Crowther
  • 15. Mamadou Djabi
  • 16. Richard Baker

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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