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Barnoldswick Town
J Roberts (56'), J Banister (78')
Full time
Sat 9 Dec 15:00 - Hallmark Security North West Counties Football League - Premier Division Attendance 63

REPORT: Widnes 2-0 Barnoldswick Town

Widnes beat Barlick to record sixth straight win

Widnes FC made it six straight wins in all competitions with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Barnoldswick Town.

Jay Roberts gave the home side the lead 10 minutes into the second half, arrowing a shot into the bottom corner.

The lively Jack Banister continued his fine form, netting for a third straight game 12 minutes from time. His 25-yard effort took a wicked deflection before dipping under the bar to secure three points for Widnes, who climb up to fourth.

Joint bosses Steve Akrigg and Kev Towey made five changes to the side that beat Southport last time out. River Humphreys and Jack Graham were handed recalls, coming in for the unavailable Kev Pollard and Sam Sheen, who was nursing a dead leg.

Elsewhere, Joe Fielding, Danny Laverty and Sam Henry dropped to the bench, with Brad Smart, Phil Doran and Chris Lomax returning to the starting lineup.

Buoyed by their own three-game winning streak, Barnoldswick came into the game full of confidence, and started the better of the two sides.

Widnes made a slow start, not helped perhaps by the bitterly cold conditions at the Select Security Stadium. Graham over-hit a backpass towards Humphreys, allowing Joel Melia the luxury of firing a shot on goal, but Richie Mottram made a good save.

Mark Threlfall then nodded wide from an Alex Doyle free-kick, when he should have done better.

Widnes eventually found a rhythm, with in-form Towey leading the way. He brilliantly brought down Sean Myler’s pass, only for Shaun Airey to make a good recovery challenge on block the shot.

Back came Barnoldswick however as Mottram had to be alert to push a long-range Andrew Hill effort away to safety.

Thereafter, it was a fairly uneventful half. Smart forced a decent save out of Barlick’s Connor King before Zack Dale volleyed over for the visitors after latching on to Melia’s cross.

Halftime: Widnes 0-0 Barnoldswick Town

The second half was more of the same, with both sides having sporadic moments on the counter, but neither looked too threatening going forward.

It was perhaps fitting that the opening goal came via a defender. Right-back Roberts went on a marauding run from inside his own-half, driving forward. He played a neat one-two with Towey before firing a powerful drive towards goal that nestled in the bottom corner, capping off a fine individual effort.

Under the cosh in the first half, Widnes recovered and looked much more comfortable one goal to the good. Towey had the ball in the net minutes later, albeit from an offside position.

Towey should have made it 2-0 midway through the half. Banister cleverly released his teammate over the top who got in-behind the Barlick defence. Widnes’ joint boss did brilliantly, holding off the challenge of his man only to slice wide of the target when it truly mattered.

Widnes were comfortable and relatively untroubled by the visitors, and the hosts added a second 12 minutes from time.

Banister continued his rich vein of form, cutting inside from the left and releasing a shot on goal that took a wicked deflection before dipping under the bar and into the top corner.

The woodwork denied Widnes a third two minutes later as Doran hit a venomous drive from 30 yards that rattled the crossbar, with King managing to get a superb glove on the shot.

Fulltime: Widnes 2-0 Barnoldswick Town

The games continue to come thick and fast for Widnes, who face Winsford United on Monday in the Whites’ final home game of 2017. Kick-off 7.45pm.

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Jack Graham

Player of the Match

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Key moments

Goal Jay Roberts scores for Widnes
Goal Jack Banister scores for Widnes

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90:00 Player of the Match
Jack Graham is awarded player of the match for Widnes
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Richie Mottram keeps a clean sheet for Widnes
85:00 Sub Off
Brad Smart is substituted off for Widnes
85:00 Sub On
Ben Hodkinson is substituted on for Widnes
78:00 Assist
Sam Henry makes an assist for Widnes
78:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jack Banister scores for Widnes
76:00 Sub Off
Kev Towey is substituted off for Widnes
76:00 Sub On
Sam Henry is substituted on for Widnes
65:00 Sub Off
Chris Lomax is substituted off for Widnes
65:00 Sub On
Danny Laverty is substituted on for Widnes
56:00 Assist
Kev Towey makes an assist for Widnes
56:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jay Roberts scores for Widnes
End of period 1
34:00 Yellow Card
Sean Myler is yellow carded for Widnes
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As it happened

  • Widnes
  • Barnoldswick Town
  • 0
  • Sean Myler Yellow Card 34:00'
  • Kev Towey Assist 56:00'
  • Jay Roberts Goal 56:00'
  • Chris Lomax Sub Off 65:00'
  • Danny Laverty Sub On 65:00'
  • Kev Towey Sub Off 76:00'
  • Sam Henry Sub On 76:00'
  • Sam Henry Assist 78:00'
  • Jack Banister Goal 78:00'
  • Brad Smart Sub Off 85:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Sub On 85:00'

Team selection

Mottram, Richie Mottram, Richie
Roberts, Jay Roberts, Jay
Doran, Phil Doran, Phil
Humphreys, River Humphreys, River
Burke, Mike Burke, Mike
Lomax, Chris Lomax, Chris
Banister, Jack Banister, Jack
Myler, Sean Myler, Sean
Graham, Jack Graham, Jack
Smart, Brad Smart, Brad
Towey, Kev Towey, Kev

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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