Chadderton 1-1 Shelley

Chadderton 1-1 Shelley

By Matt Wood
25 October 2019
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Chadderton welcomed Shelley F.C to the ARK Fleetech Stadium as they returned to league action with a 1-1 draw following a trio of cup fixtures.


The away side struck first with Craig Billington heading home from a corner, but The Chad levelled almost immediately with a brilliant lofted effort from Jordan Butterworth.
It was the home side who started quicker of the two teams with a chance falling to Daniel Mclaughlin within the first few minutes after a neat pass from Arron Scholes, but he fired his shot just over.

Scholes looked a constant threat throughout whipping some dangerous balls into the danger zone and was unlucky not to find the net himself as he caught the Shelley keeper out with a crafty corner that flashed just across the face of the goal.
However, around the half hour mark the away side started to gain a foothold in the game with a renewed sense of optimism, and the killer blow finally came in the 37th minute as Shelley bags-man Craig Billington nodded home his 9th goal of the season from a corner to put his side one up.

The response from the boys was nothing short of sublime as almost immediately Arron Scholes played a perfect through ball to Jordan Butterworth who steadied himself before dinking the ball over the Shelley keeper and into the goal to level the scores.
The second half saw the home side regain control and it seemed only a matter of time before they made one of their chances count, Reece Lyndon nearly chipping the keeper from range but his effort landing on the roof of the goal and James Dwyer going close with a volleyed effort after losing his man from a corner.
With ten minutes to go Oumar Camara saw his attempt crash off the bar and bounce down onto the line as The Chad just couldn’t find that conclusive winner, and not long after the away side were down to ten as Carlton Pownall was sin binned for ten minutes for dissent.

The boys couldn’t make their numerical advantage count and the game finished one all, leaving Chadderton with 17 points after 11 games and sees them stay in 9th place in the league. With a tough away fixture at Cleator Moor Celtic’s up next the Chad will be hoping to keep their unbeaten run going and aim to climb up the table.

By Harry Henshaw

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