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Witton Albion
Mickleover Sports
R Hopley (70')
Full time
Tue 9 Oct 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Attendance 234

Albion suffer season's first home reverse

Report kindly supplied by PAUL HARPER

Witton Albion fell foul of a poor opening 20 minutes as they were defeated 2-1 at home against Mickleover Sports at Wincham Park.

After the excellent 2-1 win over FC United of Manchester in the FA Cup last weekend, manager Carl Macauley made two changes to the starting line-up with James Yates and Will Booth coming into the side to replace Matty Devine and Cesaire Lingouba.

It was a slow start by the hosts and Mickleover did well to capitalise, scoring twice in the opening 17 minutes.

The first strike came on six minutes with a free kick just to the right of the penalty area. Player-manager John McGrath stepped up to take it and swung a wicked shot which beat Greg Hall and snook in at the near post.

Their advantage was doubled on 17 minutes when a ball over the top found Evan Garnett who burst down on goal. River Humphreys did his best to hold up the striker, but he wriggled himself enough room to square the ball across the penalty area where strike partner Nathan Jarman found himself free to tap home.

The two-goal deficit sprung the home team into life, and soon after, Will Jones found Danny McKenna on the left edge of the penalty area. On his unfavoured right foot, the midfielder struck a dangerous shot which was destined for the top corner of the net until Sports goalkeeper Lewis King raised his hand to tip it onto the crossbar before the ball went out for a Witton corner.

James Foley was next to go close for the hosts, from a similar position to McKenna's earlier effort. This time, McKenna was the provider and Foley's effort flew inches over the crossbar.

Just before the half-hour mark, Witton almost pulled a goal back after Billy Smart closed down goalkeeper King with the ball ricocheting across the face of the goal, only for Mickleover captain Tom Burgin to clear the ball away from the onrushing Jones.

The away side could and possibly should have added a third goal on 30 minutes. Again, good play by Garnett found Jarman in front of goal, he struck a goalbound effort only for a flying diving header by Humphreys to clear the ball off the goal-line. An incredible clearance!.

Garnett remained the dangerman, and when played into the clear again shortly before half time, he forced Hall into a smart save with his feet to keep it at just 2-0 at the break.

Michael Wilson replaced Foley at the beginning of the second half, with Delial Brewster added into the fray 10 minutes in to boost the forward options with Albion looking to get back into the game.

Captain Rob Hopley was close to reducing the deficit on 58 minutes, a knock down inside the penalty area falling to his feet but he couldn't keep his effort down and it went over the bar.

Brewster caught a shot sweetly on the volley midway through the second half which forced another smart save from King to tip it over the crossbar as the hosts began to look likely to get back into the game.

And two minutes later, they did manage to get themselves on the scoresheet. A good ball into the penalty area by Wilson was headed towards goal. King got fingertips to the ball and it went up in the air, before Hopley scrambled it over the line to pull the score back to 2-1.

Chris Noone replaced Booth with 17 minutes remaining and Witton tried to use the momentum to get an equaliser.

But it was the visitors who came closer to a further goal when a smart turn and shot by Jarman went narrowly wide of the target.

The closest Albion came in the latter stages was a dangerous cross by Brewster, deep into stoppage time, which was cleared away for a corner, as they suffered their first home defeat of the season.


Many Thanks to Vijay Anthwal for supplying the couple of video clips

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Key moments

70:00
Goal Rob Hopley scores for Witton Albion

Highlights

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88:00 Yellow Card
River Humphreys is yellow carded for Witton Albion
73:00 Sub On
Chris Noone is substituted on for Witton Albion
73:00 Sub Off
Will Booth is substituted off for Witton Albion
70:00 Goal 1 - 0
Rob Hopley scores for Witton Albion
55:00 Sub Off
James Yates is substituted off for Witton Albion
55:00 Sub On
Delial Brewster is substituted on for Witton Albion
46:00 Sub Off
James Foley is substituted off for Witton Albion
46:00 Sub On
Michael Wilson is substituted on for Witton Albion
End of period 1
40:00 Yellow Card
Billy Smart is yellow carded for Witton Albion
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Witton Albion
  • Mickleover Sports
  • 0
  • Billy Smart Yellow Card 40:00'
  • James Foley Sub Off 46:00'
  • Michael Wilson Sub On 46:00'
  • James Yates Sub Off 55:00'
  • Delial Brewster Sub On 55:00'
  • Rob Hopley Goal 70:00'
  • Will Booth Sub Off 73:00'
  • Chris Noone Sub On 73:00'
  • River Humphreys Yellow Card 88:00'

Team selection

Hall, Greg Hall, Greg
Gardner, Anthony Gardner, Anthony
Humphreys , River Humphreys , River
Foley, James Foley, James
Wardle, Josh Wardle, Josh
Yates, James Yates, James
McKenna, Danny McKenna, Danny
Booth, Will Booth, Will
Jones, Will Jones, Will
Hopley, Rob Hopley, Rob
Smart, Billy Smart, Billy

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# Team Pl Pts
16. Matlock Town 14 15
17. Mickleover Sports 14 14
18. Marine 12 13
19. Witton Albion 11 12
20. Lancaster City 14 12
21. Workington 11 9
22. North Ferriby United 15 6

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