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Eccleshall pick up vital league point

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

By Dave McLean

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Eccleshall 1 Rochdale Town 1

ECCLESHALL included new signing Tim Barrass in the squad for the game against Rochdale on Saturday and both sides made a bright start.

The Eagles tested Gareth Fleming in the visitors goal with a header from Craig Hulme which was held by the keeper.

At the other end Luke Bradbury wasted a good chance, firing over when well placed.

A ball into the Rochdale box was headed clear but it found Hulme on the edge of the box but he volleyed well over.

Rochdale’s two big centre backs, Nick Hodson and Matt Warburton were dealing with most of what Eccleshall were putting forward.

Eccleshall continued to attack and James Gartside had an effort blocked by Hodson. Jack Warren went on a run and Enrico and Joe Wooliscroft just failed to connect.

Rochdale went close with two effort just after the break before Eccleshall took the lead. On 51 minutes Enrico sent in a low cross which was touched home by Wooliscroft.

Another cross by Enrico was headed wide by Gartside when it seemed easier to score.

But Eccleshall were pegged back when Rochdale equalised on 64 minutes when a cross into the box was headed to the back post and Bradbury applied the finishing touch into the roof of the net.

Eccleshall responded and almost immediately Hulme ran through and brought a fine one handed save out of Flemming. The Eagles pressed again with firstly Gartside and then Warren having shots blocked. The home side missed another great chance when Anthony Marshall hit over the bar from close range.

This Saturday, Eccleshall are at home to Ashton Town (3pm) in the league, while Eccleshall AFC are away to Norton United with a 2.30pm kick off. On April 9, Eccleshall AFC are at home to Redgate Clayton with a 7.30pm kick off.

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