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Sat 28 Oct 15:00 - Hallmark Security North West Counties Football League - Premier Division Attendance 170

REPORT: Padiham 3-3 Widnes

Dramatic conclusion stuns Widnes

Widnes FC had to settle for a point on Saturday after a late Padiham fightback stunned the visitors in a dramatic conclusion at the Ruby Civil Arena.

Steve Akrigg and Kev Towey’s side were leading 3-1 in stoppage time only to end up drawing 3-3 after what Akrigg described as “two minutes of sheer madness.”

Early goals from Jack Banister and Brad Smart ensured that Widnes held a comfortable half-time lead but Michael Morrison halved the deficit early in the second half only for visitors’ skipper Kev Pollard to restore the two-goal advantage 13 minutes from time.

The most dramatic of finales followed as Dominic Craig pulled a goal back for Padiham and then Spencer Jordan equalised at the death for the Storks but not before Widnes’ Andy Gillespie had a certain goal cleared off the line.

Widnes joint bosses Akrigg and Towey named the same side that beat Maine Road 5-1 in their last league outing, with Towey and defender Tom Mitchell being named amongst the substitutes as Chad Whyte and Joe Fielding missed out on places in the 16-man squad.

The visitors started well in difficult conditions in Lancashire and took an 11th minute lead.

New signing Banister continued his flying start to life in a Widnes shirt with a fine individual effort as the winger drove forward beyond two Padiham defenders before cutting inside and curling a well-taken shot into the far corner.

Widnes doubled their advantage five minutes later. Sean Myler kick-started the attack with a crunching challenge in midfield that released Billy Webb into space. The striker then pulled a cross back into the feet of Smart who provided a neat finish to net his first goal for the Club.

Padiham ‘keeper Dane Smith kept Widnes at bay on the half-hour mark as Webb was again involved as he combined with Sam Sheen before again looking to play Smart in behind but Smith as out quickly to make a decent save to deny the Widnes man.

The visitors could have been out of sight by the break as Banister was again involved as he floated a dangerous cross into the area that was narrowly headed over by Webb.

Halftime: Padiham 0-2 Widnes

Whatever as said at half-time had an immediate impact for Padiham who quickly reduced the deficit early in the second period.

It was a gift from Widnes’ point-of-view as a Padiham corner caused confusion in the visitors’ area as miscommunication between ‘keeper Richie Mottram and Banister allowed the loose ball to fall kindly for Storks’ skipper Morrison to turn home from close-range.

The hosts had their tails up and enjoyed a period of sustained pressure but Padiham struggled to test Mottram as Christopher Turner sliced wide of the Widnes custodian’s right-hand post.

Towey was introduced from the bench for Widnes who went in search of an elusive third which came 13 minutes from time.

The Widnes joint boss was involved as he cleverly latched on to Sam Sheen’s deft pass over the Padiham backline before fizzing a cross into the six-yard area where skipper Pollard was on-hand to convert on the half-volley to restore his side’s two-goal advantage.

With Padiham pushing for a late equaliser, Widnes keeper Mottram had to be alert late on as Daniel Boyle evaded the offside trap but Mottram was out quickly to make a good block with his body to deny the Storks’ striker.

Cue two minutes of absolute madness.

A goal from nothing set up a tense finish as Pollard’s attempted clearance cannoned back off the body of Jordan allowing Craig to pick up the loose ball and drive his shot into the roof of the net.

Nobody could envision what was to follow as Widnes put Padiham under pressure straight from the ensuing kick-off. Alex Davies won the ball back on the edge of the area after a wayward Smith clearance with the loose ball breaking to substitute Andy Gillespie who looked certain to score after rounding the keeper but Benjamin Hoskin miraculously managed to block the shot on the goalline.

Padiham quickly launched a counter-attack as keeper Smith hurried to launch the ball down the field with Mike Burke’s header landing at the feet of Christopher Anderson of the far-side. He steadied himself and floated a delicious ball into the area finding Bradley Ditch who timed his run brilliantly to split the Widnes backline, only to head agonisingly against the bar.

The drama wasn’t over as Jordan was waiting to head home the rebound to send the home fans into delirium.

Fulltime: Padiham 3-3 Widnes

Widnes now face a quick turnaround and the task of picking themselves up for a Monday night clash against Abbey Hey at the Halton Stadium.

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Key moments

Goal Jack Banister scores for Widnes
Goal Brad Smart scores for Widnes
Goal Michael Morrison scores for Padiham
Goal Kev Pollard scores for Widnes
90:00 +2:00
Goal Dominic Craig scores for Padiham
90:00 +3:00
Goal Spencer Jordan scores for Padiham


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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Mike Burke is awarded player of the match for Widnes
90:00 +3:00 Goal 3 - 3
Spencer Jordan scores for Padiham
90:00 +2:00 Goal 2 - 3
Dominic Craig scores for Padiham
88:00 Sub Off
Brad Smart is substituted off for Widnes
88:00 Sub On
Andy Gillespie is substituted on for Widnes
81:00 Sub Off
Jack Graham is substituted off for Widnes
81:00 Sub On
Alex Davies is substituted on for Widnes
77:00 Assist
Kev Towey makes an assist for Widnes
77:00 Goal 1 - 3
Kev Pollard scores for Widnes
65:00 Sub Off
Billy Webb is substituted off for Widnes
65:00 Sub On
Kev Towey is substituted on for Widnes
63:00 Yellow Card
Sam Sheen is yellow carded for Widnes
47:00 Goal 1 - 2
Michael Morrison scores for Padiham
End of period 1
16:00 Goal 0 - 2
Brad Smart scores for Widnes
16:00 Assist
Billy Webb makes an assist for Widnes
11:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jack Banister scores for Widnes
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Padiham
  • Widnes
  • 0
  • Jack Banister Goal 11:00'
  • Billy Webb Assist 16:00'
  • Brad Smart Goal 16:00'
  • Michael Morrison Goal 47:00'
  • Sam Sheen Yellow Card 63:00'
  • Billy Webb Sub Off 65:00'
  • Kev Towey Sub On 65:00'
  • Kev Towey Assist 77:00'
  • Kev Pollard Goal 77:00'
  • Jack Graham Sub Off 81:00'
  • Alex Davies Sub On 81:00'
  • Brad Smart Sub Off 88:00'
  • Andy Gillespie Sub On 88:00'
  • Dominic Craig Goal 90:00 +2:00'
  • Spencer Jordan Goal 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Mottram, Richie Mottram, Richie
Roberts, Jay Roberts, Jay
Sweeney, Dylan Sweeney, Dylan
Myler, Sean Myler, Sean
Burke, Mike Burke, Mike
Pollard, Kev Pollard, Kev
Graham, Jack Graham, Jack
Sheen, Sam Sheen, Sam
Smart, Brad Smart, Brad
Webb, Billy Webb, Billy
Banister, Jack Banister, Jack
  • 1. Dane Smith
  • 2. Benjamin Hoskin
  • 3. Brandon Barski
  • 4. Christopher Turner
  • 5. Michael Morrison
  • 6. Luke Holden
  • 7. Dominic Craig
  • 8. Christopher Anderson
  • 9. Spencer Jordan
  • 10. Daniel Boyle
  • 11. Jake Hargreaves
  • 12. Cameron Lancaster
  • 13. Kenneth Taylor
  • 14. Bradley Ditch

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Runcorn Linnets 44 100
2. Widnes 44 96
3. Runcorn Town 44 93
4. City of Liverpool 44 84
5. Bootle 44 83
6. Charnock Richard 44 79
7. 1874 Northwich 44 79

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