N C East Prem Div
Mon 29 Aug 2005
ECCLESHILL UNITED 2
AN IMPROVED DISPLAY BY WELFARE SHOULD HAVE SECURED MAXIMUM POINTS
BUT ONCE AGAIN SLOPPY PLAY DURING THE SECOND PERIOD LED TO THEIR DOWNFALL.
Welfare smarting from their early exit from the FA Cup went at the
visitors and only a goal line clearance denied Stuart Baldwin in the early stages.
Welfare were having all the early exchanges during which Danny King
sliced wide and Carl Fox, playing following a substantial fitness test, narrowly failed to turn in an half chance. Debutant Stephen Downes was prominent in midfield for Welfare and after 27 mins made his mark by latching
on to a superb defence splitting ball to coolly draw keeper Craig Bates and slot the home men in to a well deserved lead. Welfare looked to be comfortable with the visitors hardly being in the game until
on the stroke of half time Eccleshill were awarded a something or nothing penalty award and captain Jamie Buchan planted the
spot kick home to take the teams in level at the interval.
From the restart Welfare went agonisingly close to taking the lead,
Baldwin releasing Danny King down the left to cut in and drive against the foot of the upright. Carl Fox was then narrowly denied by Bates before Eccleshill appeared to get a new lease of life by the
introduction of substitute Matt Tinsley who having come on ran strongly to scrape the crossbar with a tantalising cross. Bates denied King at the second attempt, Carl Fox blazed over and Ricky Bennett put
a fierce header over, chances which Welfare came to rue as with six minutes of normal time remaining the visitors Chris Wood
picked up on the halfway to carry forward with no defender getting a foot in, to eventually drive past Morgan to win the game
for the delighted visitors.
Team: Tom Morgan, Gareth
Liversedge, Paul Mattison, Darren Leech, Mark Newton, Rickie Bennett (Stuart Holmes), Stephen Downes, Richard Stack(Shaun
Constable), Danny King, Carl Fox, Stuart Baldwin