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Witton Albion
Mickleover Sports
Full time
A Brown (68' OG)
Sat 30 Sep 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 247

Third successive loss against 10 men Sports

Match Summary kindly supplied by: Andrew Simpson, Senior Sports Writer, Northwich Guardian http://www.northwichguardian.co.uk/sport/

WITTON Albion remain in a rut, and on this evidence may be stuck there longer.

They have never lost four successive matches in the Northern Premier League with Carl Macauley in charge, a statistic they hope stays intact when they visit Buxton on Tuesday. For now, a run of four defeats from their past five Premier Division matches is a reason to scratch heads.

Mickleover’s Jake Scott was sent off in only the second minute as punishment for a reckless tackle on Prince Haywood, who limped off shortly afterwards, but the visitors still collected maximum points. They played the remainder of the opening period with 10 men behind the ball, a measure that proved effective in frustrating hosts that toiled to trouble goalkeeper Lewis King.

Albion were often patient, sometimes ponderous, and went closest when Mickleover winger Jimmy Phillips’ errant back-pass dribbled the wrong side of an upright with King out of position.

Witton’s starting line-up was bolstered by goalkeeper Calvin Hare and midfielder Tom Owens, making a first appearance since returning to England from a spell in Australia, but they still fell behind on 57 minutes.

Player-manager John McGrath’s free-kick picked out defender Pablo Mills, and his header looped into the net.

Macauley responded by sending on Rob Hopley and Micah Evans, in place of James Foley and Will Jones, but with little by way of a dividend.
Indeed, Paul Williams’ attempt from long-range was their best effort.

Sports got lucky with when they doubled their lead on 68 minutes, when Albion captain Anthony Brown appeared to divert McGrath’s free-kick past a stranded Hare and into his own goal.

Macauley lost his first three games after replacing Scott Dundas in the dugout in October 2015, a sequence unrepeated until now.

Witton | Hare (GK), Gardner, McKenna, Foley (Evans 59), Brown, Ryan, Haywood (Hedley 23), Owens, Jones (Hopley 59), Tames, Williams Subs not used: Wilson, Neild (GK)

Mickleover | King (GK), Grocott, Burgin, Mills, Turner, McGrath, Scott, Phillips, Dales, Morrison (Garnett 46), Thomas (Alex Morris 46) Subs not used: Ben Morris, Belgrave, Draper (GK) Goals: Mills 57, Brown 68 (own goal)

Key moments

68:00
Own Goal Anthony Brown scores an own goal

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Highlights

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84:00 Yellow Card
Steve Tames is yellow carded for Witton Albion
68:00 Own Goal 0 - 1
Anthony Brown scores an own goal
59:00 Sub Off
James Foley is substituted off for Witton Albion
59:00 Sub On
Micah Evans is substituted on for Witton Albion
59:00 Sub Off
Will Jones is substituted off for Witton Albion
59:00 Sub On
Rob Hopley is substituted on for Witton Albion
End of period 1
23:00 Sub Off
Prince Haywood is substituted off for Witton Albion
23:00 Sub On
Ben Hedley is substituted on for Witton Albion
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Witton Albion
  • Mickleover Sports
  • 0
  • Prince Haywood Sub Off 23:00'
  • Ben Hedley Sub On 23:00'
  • James Foley Sub Off 59:00'
  • Micah Evans Sub On 59:00'
  • Will Jones Sub Off 59:00'
  • Rob Hopley Sub On 59:00'
  • Anthony Brown Own Goal 68:00'
  • Steve Tames Yellow Card 84:00'

Team selection

Hare, Calvin Hare, Calvin
Gardner, Anthony Gardner, Anthony
Ryan, Nick Ryan, Nick
Foley, James Foley, James
Brown, Anthony Brown, Anthony
McKenna, Danny McKenna, Danny
Haywood, Prince Haywood, Prince
Williams, Paul Williams, Paul
Tames, Steve Tames, Steve
Jones, Will Jones, Will
Owens, Tom Owens, Tom

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Altrincham 16 33
2. Warrington Town 16 33
3. Shaw Lane 15 33
4. Farsley Celtic 16 30
5. Stourbridge 14 27
6. Witton Albion 18 27
7. Grantham Town 17 26

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