ECCLESHALL battled through a tough the second half to record their second win of the season at home to Darwen.
The home side didn’t have it all their way and had an early scare when the visitors had a penalty appeal turned down.
Dean Sibson’s men took the lead on 11 minutes when Kevyn Davies ran on to a through ball and calmly lobbed the advancing Dan Fradd to score.
Play was pretty much even in the middle of the park but Darwen were causing problems when they broke into the final third.
Dave Dyson had to save from Ryan Steele and Stephen Lee should have done better for the visitors, his header being easily held by Dyson.
Eccleshall went two up after 29 minutes when Alex McMilan laid the ball to the unmarked Mark Hall who touched the ball into the bottom corner past Fradd.
Although the home side had a two goal cushion the game was end to end now and Hall again had a chance but his full blown effort was palmed away by Fradd.
The Pershall Park side nearly secured the points when Kane Gerald headed wide of the Darwen goal and Lee Turner fired one over at the other end.
Right on half time Darwen were awarded a penalty for hand ball as a header beat Dyson and Dan Counter was judged to have handled it on the line, Martin Parker fired the spot kick home.
Sibson made a change in the second half with defender Brad Cooper coming on as Darwen sensed there might be something in the game for them.
Eccleshall were mounting a solid rearguard action as the visitors pressed forward but they were lacking the final finish.
Steele headed Darwen's best effort wide as the home sdie looked more and more comfortable defending their lead and Dyson's assured handling was giving them confidence.
Sibson made a couple of more changes and they battled through to the end to gain their three valuable North West County First Division points.
In the Staffs County Senior League AFC Eccleshall suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat at the hands of Audley.
Eccleshall went in at the break two goals down, the first through Shaun Searle and then the second through Matt Barlow.
In the second half Danny Meek made it 4-0 with two strikes before Searle added his second, to leave Eccleshall depleted.
On September 7 (Saturday) Eccleshall are at home to Chadderton with a 3.00pm kick off whilst AFC Eccleshall have no game.
On September 11 (Wednesday) Eccleshall are at home again in the league to 1874 Northwich with a 7.45 kick off.