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Shaw Lane
Witton Albion
Full time
O Dale (88')
Sat 16 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 184

Crewe Alexandra’s Loanee Owen Dale secures draw

Match Summary kindly supplied by: Andrew Simpson, Senior Sports Writer, Northwich Guardian

Owen Dale’s stunning free-kick (pictured by Tyler Crouchman) with time running out earned for Witton Albion a deserved share of the spoils from their visit to promotion-hopefuls Shaw Lane.

The teenager, on loan from Crewe Alexandra, fired direct into the far corner out of the reach of goalkeeper Jon Stewart to cancel out Paul Clayton’s opener for the Ducks.

It helped Carl Macauley’s men bring to an end an eight-match winning run on home turf for last season’s Northern Premier League Division One South champions.

Shaw Lane v Witton Albion 16-12-17 (By Tyler Crouchman)
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In fact, only Mickleover had left Barnsley with any points previously this term.

The visitors went closest to opening the scoring before the break when Dale’s speculative drive from distance was diverted onto the crossbar by Stewart with his fingertips after he stretched fully.

Shaw Lane were left cursing their luck on 71 minutes though when Godwin Abadaki blazed over from inside the six-yard box after Albion custodian Calvin Hare parried Clayton’s header.

The Ducks did break through with nine minutes left when Clayton made no mistake from close-range after Alex Byrne’s free-kick deflected off a defender into his path.

Witton, who had lost captain Anthony Gardner to an ankle injury shortly after the interval, rallied though to level when wide-man Dale scored his first goal for the club. His free-kick, awarded for a handball against Godwin Abadaki, punished the Shaw Lane No. 8 even more as he had been also guilty when he skied over when faced with an open goal in the 77th minute.

Shaw Lane: Stewart (GK), Pollard, Gordon, Kelvin Lugsden, Qualter, Harris, Byrne, Abadaki, Clayton, Chilaka (Whitehouse 63), Walker (Kieran Lugsden 86). Subs not used: Reeves, Rothery, Orlando-Young. Goal: Clayton 81. Booked: Clayton

Witton: Hare (GK), Gardner (Haywood 52), McKenna (Devine 83), Ryan, Wilson, Foley, Dale, Owens, Hopley, Tames (Evans 90) & Jones. Sub not used: Neild (GK). Goal: Dale 89

Referee Neil Guest Attendance 184

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Key moments

Goal Owen Dale scores for Witton Albion

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90:00 +2:00 Sub On
Micah Evans is substituted on for Witton Albion
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Steve Tames is substituted off for Witton Albion
88:00 Goal 0 - 1
Owen Dale scores for Witton Albion
83:00 Sub Off
Danny McKenna is substituted off for Witton Albion
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Matty Devine is substituted on for Witton Albion
53:00 Sub Off
Anthony Gardner is substituted off for Witton Albion
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Prince Haywood is substituted on for Witton Albion
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  • Shaw Lane
  • Witton Albion
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  • Anthony Gardner Sub Off 53:00'
  • Prince Haywood Sub On 53:00'
  • Danny McKenna Sub Off 83:00'
  • Matty Devine Sub On 83:00'
  • Owen Dale Goal 88:00'
  • Steve Tames Sub Off 90:00 +2:00'
  • Micah Evans Sub On 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Hare, Calvin Hare, Calvin
McKenna, Danny McKenna, Danny
Gardner, Anthony Gardner, Anthony
Ryan, Nick Ryan, Nick
Wilson, Michael Wilson, Michael
Hopley, Rob Hopley, Rob
Dale, Owen Dale, Owen
Foley, James Foley, James
Owens, Tom Owens, Tom
Jones, Will Jones, Will
Tames, Steve Tames, Steve

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Altrincham 46 95
2. Ashton United 46 82
3. Warrington Town 46 82
4. Grantham Town 46 81
5. Farsley Celtic 46 80
6. Shaw Lane 46 79
7. Witton Albion 46 70

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