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Skelmersdale United
Full time
R Lavery (12'), R Boothe (95'), N Edgington (77')
Sat 2 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 196

Skelmersdale United 3 Barwell 3

Last gasp equaliser gives Canaries a point as Boothe breaks Skem hearts in excellent team performance.

Barwell gained their first point for six matches with a 95th minute goal that left a spring in the steps of the away fans who looked to be heading home with nothing.

After having taken the lead, Barwell had to come from behind on two occasions as Skem gained two penalties and went ahead through young loanee Max Hazeldine. Goals from Richard Lavery, Nathan Edgington and Ryan Boothe saw the points shared.

The home side started brightly with attempts from Ian Rowlands and Phil Mooney until with their first attack of the game, Lavery dived bravely to meet an Alex Tomkinson corner with his head two feet off the ground. He guided the ball into the far side of the goal to give the Canaries the lead.

Tough tackles were flying in from the home players leaving Ant Carney and Eddy Nisevic writhing in the mud with referee Mr. Gittins producing yellow cards with abandon and soon after Brady Hickey saw the same fate as he mistimed a tackle.

Midway through the half, the away defence failed to clear a loose ball and Mooney had a shot from the edge of the box that just went the wrong side of the post.

Barwell responded soon after through Owen Story as his volley also veered wide.

Skelmersdale equalised ten minutes before the break after Rowlands played the ball into the Barwell box but it was intercepted by the hand of Joe Ballinger and Mr. Gittins pointed to the spot. Chris Almond strode up and despatched the ball into the visiting net.

Skem should have taken the lead just before the break when Joe Elliott mistimed a ball forwards and Almond latched onto it. He strode for goal and with only Liam Castle to beat, he squared for Hazeldine. However, Nigel Julien was tracking back and made a crucial interception.

The home side did take the lead again from a penalty after 49 minutes. Ballinger tripped Hazeldine on the edge of the area and Almond again sent Castle the wrong way.

Just after the hour mark, Barwell thought they had equalised as Julien drove a loose ball powerfully towards goal from 20 yards but home keeper Martin Fearon was at full stretch and able to push it round his post.

Barwell drew level on 77 minutes. Trey Brathwaite played through to Edgington and he guided the ball under Fearon from six yards.

They say that teams are most vulnerable just after scoring and this proved true for Barwell as a minute later Skem regained their lead. Hazeldine ran through the away defence and directed his shot across Castle into the net from 18 yards.

Barwell were by now playing with great spirit as they strove for the equaliser. A Tomkinson corner was met by Lavery who headed for goal but Vince Bailey was waiting to clear the ball off the line.

After Edgington almost guided a Hickey shot into the net, Barwell looked the more likely to score but they had to wait until the fifth minute of stoppage time when a long ball from Julien was met on six yards by Boothe. He turned and shot into the awaiting net to give Barwell a hard earned draw.

Team: Liam Castle, Joe Elliott (Sam Hollis 45), Eddy Nisevic, Richard Lavery, Joe Ballinger, Brady Hickey, Alex Tomkinson, Nigel Julien, Nathan Edgington, Owen Story (Trey Brathwaite 65), Ant Carney (Ryan Boothe 52).
Subs not used: Guy Hadland, James Ginnelly.

Goals: Lavery 12 (assist Tomkinson), Edgington 77 (assist Brathwaite), Boothe 95 (assist Julien)

Yellow Cards: Hickey 32, Hollis 56, Ballinger 94.

Attendance: 196

Man of the Match: Alex Tomkinson.

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Key moments

Goal Richard Lavery scores for Barwell
Goal Nathan Edgington scores for Barwell
90:00 +5:00
Goal Ryan Boothe scores for Barwell


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90:00 +5:00 Assist
Nigel Julien makes an assist for Barwell
90:00 +5:00 Goal 0 - 3
Ryan Boothe scores for Barwell
90:00 +4:00 Yellow Card
Joe Ballinger is yellow carded for Barwell
90:00 Player of the Match
Alex Tomkinson is awarded player of the match for Barwell
77:00 Assist
Trey Brathwaite makes an assist for Barwell
77:00 Goal 0 - 2
Nathan Edgington scores for Barwell
65:00 Sub Off
Owen Story is substituted off for Barwell
65:00 Sub On
Trey Brathwaite is substituted on for Barwell
56:00 Yellow Card
Sam Hollis is yellow carded for Barwell
52:00 Sub Off
Anthony Carney is substituted off for Barwell
52:00 Sub On
Ryan Boothe is substituted on for Barwell
45:00 Sub Off
Joseph Elliott is substituted off for Barwell
45:00 Sub On
Sam Hollis is substituted on for Barwell
End of period 1
31:00 Yellow Card
Brady Hickey is yellow carded for Barwell
12:00 Goal 0 - 1
Richard Lavery scores for Barwell
12:00 Assist
Alex Tomkinson makes an assist for Barwell
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As it happened

  • Skelmersdale United
  • Barwell
  • 0
  • Richard Lavery Goal 12:00'
  • Alex Tomkinson Assist 12:00'
  • Brady Hickey Yellow Card 31:00'
  • Joseph Elliott Sub Off 45:00'
  • Sam Hollis Sub On 45:00'
  • Anthony Carney Sub Off 52:00'
  • Ryan Boothe Sub On 52:00'
  • Sam Hollis Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Trey Brathwaite Sub On 65:00'
  • Owen Story Sub Off 65:00'
  • Nathan Edgington Goal 77:00'
  • Trey Brathwaite Assist 77:00'
  • Joe Ballinger Yellow Card 90:00 +4:00'
  • Ryan Boothe Goal 90:00 +5:00'
  • Nigel Julien Assist 90:00 +5:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
7. Frickley Athletic 46 77
8. Nantwich Town 46 75
9. Barwell 46 73
10. Rushall Olympic 46 69
11. Buxton 46 67
12. Sutton Coldfield Town 46 62
13. Halesowen Town 46 62

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