Eccleshall 1 Widnes Vikings 1
ECCLESHALL were denied a much-needed victory when visiting Widnes Vikings were spot on on the final minute of Saturday's North West Counties league clash at Pershall Park.
Widnes had an early attack when a cross by Paul Cliff found Ben Tollitt whose effort forced keeper Chris Middleton-Hill into a good save.
Eccleshall had a spell of attacking but failed to test the visitors keeper, Jack Earle. Widnes had a free kick on the edge of the box but Mick Smith’s effort went over the bar.
Widnes were trying to take advantage of their height at set pieces and on the half hour they had a spell of pressure. At the other end Jordan Flattley forced a great save from Earle, as he went full length to tip the ball over.
Then Widnes forced another chance but Tollitt fired wide of the post. Widnes were playing some decent football but Eccleshall’s defence held firm. Eccleshall had the last chance of the half, Dan Counter’s effort flashing wide of the post.
Much of the early play in the second half was confined to midfield but the visitors had chances from free kicks outside the box, Graham Molloy firing one over and from another Middleton-Hill being forced into a diving save.
Widnes applied some pressure and Molloy had a chance but his lob over the keeper went over the bar. Middleton-Hill was called into action again to save from close range and deny Cliff, before the home side took the lead when they broke out and a ball over the defence found Dan King.
The Widnes keeper came to the edge of the box but lost his footing and King placed his shot out of reach and into the net.
Widnes came back and Ron McCarthy fired wide. In the 89th minute Widnes were awarded a penalty as Marshall appeared to bring down a player in the box. McCarthy fired the spot kick home for a share of the points.
In the Staffs County League, Eccleshall AFC went down 4-1 to Cheadle Town, who opened the scoring through Jake Alcock.
However Peter Williams equalised from the spot before the break. Alcock completed his hat trick in the second half, with one from the spot and Adam Cartilage added a fourth to seal the win.
This Saturday, Eccleshall entertain Rochdale Town in the league (3pm), while Eccleshall AFC have no fixture. On Wednesday, Eccleshall are away to 1874 Northwich with a 7.45pm kick off at Winsford United’s ground.