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Vital away win for Eccleshall

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 14, 2014

By Dave McLean

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ECCLESHALL made the long trip to Barrow-in-Furness with a changed side and pulled off a crucial victory in North West Counties division one.

Holker were the first into action with Eccleshall keeper Chris Middleton-Hill making a save at the feet of Joshua Jones to save a clear chance.

However Eccleshall took the lead on three minutes when Jack Warren threaded a ball through to Angelo Enrico, who shot low into the net passed keeper Oliver Bell.

Holker came back with a free kick but Gareth Smith placed it well over the bar. Then Craig Redhead fired one from distance which just went wide of the Eccleshall goal.

On 39 minutes Eccleshall were awarded a penalty and Holker went down to ten men when Daniel Patterson handled on the line but unfortunately for Eccleshall Marrow’s spot kick was saved by Bell.

Holker equalised on 62 minutes when a free kick was lofted into the box and Liam Shield headed back across goal and into the corner.

Eccleshall then had a scare when Starbrick went clear and his shot beat Middleton-Hill but hit the post and bounced clear.

But Eccleshall regained the lead on 67 minutes when an Enrico corner was fired home by Dan Counter.

Just five minutes remained when the home side equalised again as Stanway fired home.

Back came Eccleshall and they retook the lead on 88 minutes when Enrico latched onto a through ball and brilliantly lobbed the ball over the advancing Bell into the net.

In the Staffs County league, Eccleshall AFC went down 3-1 at home to Florence, with Pete Williams hitting a consolation. Midweek had seen Eccleshall AFC defeat Redgate 5-2.

Eccleshall face no fewer than three matches in five days, Saturday at home to Irlam (3pm), before visiting Rochdale Town on Monday (3pm) and entertaining Hanley Town on Wednesday (7.45pm).

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