Oldham Boro 1 Eccleshall 1
FOLLOWING a narrow defeat in midweek to second placed Formby,the Pershall Park men travelled to Oldham seeking a rare double and first away points of the season.
Oldham had an early miss when Nathan Adam miss-hit a shot that went wide. Play went into a stalemate for a while with neither keeper being tested.
Eccleshall’s first effort on goal fell to Joe Wooliscroft but he placed his header well over the bar. Mid way through the half Oldham had a brief spell of pressure which came to nothing.
On the half hour Wooliscroft had another effort which was cleared off the line and Anthony Marshall’s follow up was easily collected by keeper Tom Elford. There was a half chance to Oldham but Eccleshall keeper Chis Middleton-Hill came out off his line to clear from the advancing Adam.
Eccleshall almost went behind on half time when a cross was sent in by Matt Knowles which found Sam Cook and his header brought a brilliant full length save from Middleton-Hill.
Eccleshall created the first chance after the break but Wooliscroft failed to hit the target, his header going just over.
Marrow then hit Oldham’s side netting from a Dan Counter throw in, before Eccleshall took the lead just after the hour when a free kick was awarded on Marrow and Marshall’s effort fizzed into the bottom corner.
The visitors were looking good and Dan King went through but his shot was tipped over by Elford. From the corner Counter’s drive was cleared off the line. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the home side equalised on 69 minutes when a poor back header by Counter failed to reach Middleton-Hill and Knowles nipped in and applied the finishing touch.
Back came Eccleshall with Jordan Flattley firing well over. The game then deteriorated in to what could only be described as totally forgettable. Eccleshall are still looking for that run of the ball !hich seems to have eluded them all season.
In the Staffs County League premier, Eccleshall AFC shared four goals with visiting Cheadle Town.
Eccleshall went a goal down when Dan Rooksey converted in the first half. However, Eccleshall rallied in the second half with goals from Dan Jones and Adam Jones.
With all three points seemingly in the bag Eccleshall gave away a needless goal with Sam Gavin equalising deep into added time.
On Saturday, Eccleshall are at home to Widnes Vikings (3pm), while in the Staffs County Senior League, Eccleshall AFC visit Cheadle Town (2.30pm).