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G Lomax (38'), B Hodkinson (44'), C Lomax (50'), K Towey (75'), J Banister (81', 83'), S Cook (90')
Full time
J Irlam (67' Pen)
Sat 10 Feb 15:00 - Hallmark Security North West Counties Football League - Premier Division Attendance 72

REPORT: Widnes 7-1 Barnton

Widnes in seventh heaven as run goes on

Widnes FC scored five second half goals on their way to a crushing 7-1 win over bottom club Barnton on Saturday, extending their unbeaten run to 14 games in all competitions.

It took 38 minutes for Widnes to find a breakthrough as George Lomax broke the deadlock before Ben Hodkinson added a second six minutes later.

Chris Lomax added a third early in the second half, but Barnton rallied as Jack Irlam hit back from the spot midway through the half to give the Villagers' a lifeline.

It wasn't to be however as Widnes stepped up a gear and made sure of victory through substitutes Kev Towey and Jack Banister, who netted a brace, while Stuart Cook completed the scoring in the last minute.

Co-manager Steve Akrigg was one of five changes to the side that beat Padiham. The central defender made only his second appearance of the season after six months out with a knee injury, replacing the rested Mike Burke who dropped to the bench.

Banister and Towey also dropped to the bench as Danny Laverty and Chris Lomax were given the nod while Kev Pollard and Hodkinson earned recalls in place of rested duo Jack Graham and Jay Roberts.

Widnes, and striker Hodkinson, made a blistering start. The former Bootle man twice forced early saves out of Barnton keeper Robert Cooke before slicing a gilt edged one-on-one wide of the post moments later.

Cook then dragged an effort wide of the post before George Lomax volleyed into the gloves of Cooke.

Hodkinson was involved again for Widnes midway through the half, spurning the hosts' best chance of netting an opener. He combined with Laverty as he cleverly evaded the offside trap to latch on to the winger's superb through ball. Hodkinson advanced and rounded Cooke, only to for the chance to break down as the striker ran out of room.

Akrigg and Towey's side eventually broke the deadlock seven minutes before the break. Sean Myler provided a well-weighted lofted pass over the top of the Barnton defence with George Lomax applying a smart lobbed finish to give Widnes the lead.

Six minutes later, Hodkinson added a second. It was a deserved goal for the energetic striker, reacting quickly to slot home a loose ball after determined play by Chris Lomax in the build-up.

Half time: Widnes 2-0 Barnton

Chris Lomax added a fine third only minutes into the second half. The winger magnificently turned away from former Widnes defender Josh Kavanagh and advanced towards the six-yard area where Lomax steered in his fifth goal of the season.

It should have been four minutes later as Laverty burst clear of the Barnton backline only to shoot straight at Cooke when one-on-one with the Villagers' stopper.

Following the hour-mark, Barnton enjoyed a decent spell with substitute Brandon Moores firing over before Chris Bandell slammed a shot into the side-netting after dispossessing Michael Grogan.

Midway through the half, Steve Lloyd's visitors were awarded a penalty. Moores got the better of Grogan on the halfway line, marauding forward into the area before tangling with the Widnes defender.

A penalty was awarded, which Jack Irlam duly converted.

Widnes had switched off, and the hosts were perhaps fortunate not to have conceded a quickfire second as Irlam blazed over after good work by Sam Houghton down the right.

Both Banister and Towey were brought on shortly therefter, and the latter's introduction reaped instant rewards as the Widnes joint boss found the net with his first touch.

Less than 30 seconds after coming on as a substitute, Towey latched on to Laverty's lay-off to guide home Widnes' fourth goal of the afternoon with a tidy finish.

Banister added a fifth nine minutes from time, exchanging a neat one-two with Towey before rampaging forward and rolling his shot into the bottom corner.

The winger completed his brace two minutes later. He again combined with Towey, whose clever backheel allowed Banister to power home Widnes' sixth via the foot of the far post.

Widnes' seventh goal was arguably their best as Cook netted a goal of real quality. The England futsal international pulled off two outrageous turns to engineer space for a shot that the midfielder drove into bottom corner to complete the scoring.

Full time: Widnes 7-1 Barnton

The win cements Widnes' place in the top two of the Hallmark Security League Premier Division, six points clear of third-placed Charnock Richard having played six games more.

It's a busy week ahead for Akrigg and Towey's men who have a Liverpool Senior Cup semi-final tie at Marine to look forward to on Tuesday before Halton Derby at Runcorn Linnets on Saturday.

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Key moments

Goal George Lomax scores for Widnes
Goal Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes
Goal Chris Lomax scores for Widnes
Scored Penalty Jack Irlam scores a penalty for Barnton
Goal Kev Towey scores for Widnes
Goal Jack Banister scores for Widnes
Goal Jack Banister scores for Widnes
Goal Stuart Cook scores for Widnes


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90:00 Goal 7 - 1
Stuart Cook scores for Widnes
90:00 Player of the Match
Ben Hodkinson is awarded player of the match for Widnes
83:00 Assist
Kev Towey makes an assist for Widnes
83:00 Goal 6 - 1
Jack Banister scores for Widnes
82:00 Sub Off
Phil Doran is substituted off for Widnes
82:00 Sub On
Joe Fielding is substituted on for Widnes
81:00 Assist
Kev Towey makes an assist for Widnes
81:00 Goal 5 - 1
Jack Banister scores for Widnes
75:00 Assist
Danny Laverty makes an assist for Widnes
75:00 Goal 4 - 1
Kev Towey scores for Widnes
74:00 Sub Off
Chris Lomax is substituted off for Widnes
74:00 Sub On
Kev Towey is substituted on for Widnes
68:00 Sub On
Jack Banister is substituted on for Widnes
68:00 Sub Off
George Lomax is substituted off for Widnes
67:00 Scored Penalty 3 - 1
Jack Irlam scores a penalty for Barnton
50:00 Goal 3 - 0
Chris Lomax scores for Widnes
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 2 - 0
Ben Hodkinson scores for Widnes
38:00 Assist
Sean Myler makes an assist for Widnes
38:00 Goal 1 - 0
George Lomax scores for Widnes
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As it happened

  • Widnes
  • Barnton
  • 0
  • Sean Myler Assist 38:00'
  • George Lomax Goal 38:00'
  • Ben Hodkinson Goal 44:00'
  • Chris Lomax Goal 50:00'
  • Jack Irlam Scored Penalty 67:00'
  • George Lomax Sub Off 68:00'
  • Jack Banister Sub On 68:00'
  • Chris Lomax Sub Off 74:00'
  • Kev Towey Sub On 74:00'
  • Danny Laverty Assist 75:00'
  • Kev Towey Goal 75:00'
  • Kev Towey Assist 81:00'
  • Jack Banister Goal 81:00'
  • Phil Doran Sub Off 82:00'
  • Joe Fielding Sub On 82:00'
  • Kev Towey Assist 83:00'
  • Jack Banister Goal 83:00'
  • Stuart Cook Goal 90:00'

Team selection

Mottram, Richie Mottram, Richie
Myler, Sean Myler, Sean
Grogan, Michael Grogan, Michael
Lomax, Chris Lomax, Chris
Akrigg, Steve Akrigg, Steve
Doran, Phil Doran, Phil
Laverty, Danny Laverty, Danny
Cook, Stuart Cook, Stuart
Hodkinson, Ben Hodkinson, Ben
Lomax, George Lomax, George
Pollard, Kev Pollard, Kev
  • 1. Robert Cooke
  • 2. Josh Kavanagh
  • 3. Joshua Crofts
  • 4. Jack McKay
  • 5. Christopher Yearsley
  • 6. George Webster
  • 7. Ryan Malone
  • 8. Sam Houghton
  • 9. Jack Woolley
  • 10. Christopher Bandell
  • 11. Jack Irlam
  • 12. Chris Kiernan
  • 13. James McShane
  • 14. George Riley
  • 15. Chris Smith
  • 16. Brandon Moores

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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