REPORT: Squires Gate 0-1 West Didsbury & Chorlton
Squires Gate suffered a second defeat in a week in there return to league action on Saturday afternoon going down to a late 88th minute winner from West Didsbury & Chorlton.
Andy Clarkson welcomed back captain Joe Booth into the side several other experienced players were recalled from Tuesday loss in the Lancashire Trophy.
Gate started the game well and could have gone ahead after just two minutes. A lung busting run from Ric Seear created space but his pass to Tarren Moxon was blazed over inside the box.
The visitors themselves could have opened the scoring after six minutes but the tricky left winger headed straight at Ben Fletcher in goal.
The visitors hit Gate on the break after Joe Booth’s low drive was blocked by the face of a West player, but they could only find Adam Sumner who calmly headed back to Ben Fletcher.
Gate came close again when Ryan Riley knocked a lovely cross into Dean Ing but the ball was just too high for the midfielder.
Gate’s best chance of the first half fell to stick Seear. The striker looked certain to score the header but was denied with a clearance off the line at the back post.
Half Time: Squires Gate 0-0 West Didsbury & Chorlton
All afternoon Andy Clarkson’s men found themselves just missing that final bit of quality.
Ric Seear played in Tarren Moxon at the restart but his ball was too heavy for the striker. On the hour mark Adam Sumner sent in a lovely freekick but Gate again couldn’t test the keeper.
Whilst Gate probed and pushed looking for a winner West stood firm not allowing Clarkson’s men any joy.
The blow for Gate came two minutes from time when West scored a late winner. A mazy run from midfield wasn’t picked up, the West man fed the ball through to Saul Henderson who made no mistake to fire past Ben Fletcher.
Gate will be looking to rectify the defeat next Saturday when they host Northwich Victoria.
Gate: Fletcher, Richards, Rossall, Sumner, Gray, Kay, Ing, Booth, Riley, Seear, Moxon. Subs: Salthouse, Bamba, Dawson, Mullen, Charnley.
Report by Mark Ashmore