DATEN 5-3 1874 NORTHWICH NWDL UNDER 21 20/8/17
1874 Northwich under 21 team are still looking for their first win of the season after coming out on the wrong end in an eight goal thriller.
An open game in which both teams were committed to all out attack, and in which defences for large parts of the game were on holiday, had plenty to keep the watching spectators entertained on a sunny afternoon in Culcheth.
1874 opened the scoring in the 19th minute when Chad Lowe scored from the penalty spot after Jordan Henry had been brought down.
Lowe, Henry and Elliott Watkins all went close to extending 1874’s lead before Daten equalised in the 24th minute when their No.9 headed home from close range. Eight minutes later the home side took the lead through their No.8.
1874 drew level in the 41st minute when Watkins cut in from the left and bent his shot around the diving keeper’s outstretched hand; however Daten’s No.10 restored their advantage two minutes later.
On the stroke of half time Daten’s goalkeeper pulled off a good save to deny Watkins and followed it up with a brave save diving at the feet of Henry to smoother the rebound.
Seven minutes into the second half 1874 goalkeeper Ryan Millington, who made several good saves during the game, did well to turn a close range shot onto the post. Unfortunately the ball bounced off the post and rolled along the goal line where it was tapped into the net at the far post by Daten’s No.10.
Four minutes later Watkins raced onto a through ball round the goalkeeper and slotted the ball into the net to halve the lead.
Searching for an equaliser in the later stages of the game, Dan Goodwin had a shot cleared off the line during a goalmouth scramble, while Daten’s goalkeeper pulled off several good saves.
The final action of the game saw Daten’s No.9 complete the scoring with the goal of the day firing a shot from 25 yards over Millington’s head.
1874 – Millington, Campbell, Leah, Goodwin, Johnstone, Ray, Henry, Watkins, Arrowsmith, Lowe, Moore. Subs used – Knight, Grant, Stubbs. Subs not used Giddins, Hodnett.