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Witton Albion
Lancaster City
R Hopley (16'), B Smart (30' Sent Off)
Full time
Sat 3 Nov 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Attendance 262

Albion's Dolly Mixture Of A Game Earns 3 Points


Superb defensive performance after Smart sees Red

Albion had to produce a tremendous rear guard action, playing with 10 men, to defend their lead for over an hour as they play commence a catch-up period in their league programme.

The only goal of the game came in the 16th minute when Altrincham loanee, back for a second period almost five years after his initial one, Liam Goulding saw his near post attempt cleared off the line, the ball arriving at Jay Foley’s feet out on the left and his cross was rifled home by captain Rob Hopley.

Both Foley, his shot pushed away by keeper Jack Simms, and Hopley who cut along the by-line before the ball was scrambled away, saw their efforts produce corner kicks. Following the latter on the half hour mark, Billy Smart went down with City’s skipper Simon Wills and at first there didn’t appear to be a problem.

However claims from the visitors, allegedly for biting, saw referee Kristian Silcock produce a red card for Smart whilst cautioning City’s Glenn Steel in the aftermath. What the man in black failed to spot though was Wills’s upraised foot towards Smart’s groin area!

A further altercation five minutes from the break further incensed the home bench when Craig Stanley was only booked for taking Will Jones out of the game.

Just before the interval Hopley under pressure somehow managed to get a shot away when on the ground that needed a good save from Simms by tipping the ball over the bar.

Although Danny McKenna picked up a booking, for using his arm in a challenge, two minutes after the break thankfully in the second period football prevailed.

A whipped in corner from Foley evaded everyone in a rare Albion attack just before the hour mark but from then on Lancaster launched attack after attack.

Greg Hall needed the assistance of his teammates Goulding, Danny McKenna and substitute Michael Wilson to clear shots off the line from Paul Dugdale and Steve Williams, whilst himself performing brilliantly to maintain his 8th clean sheet of the campaign.
It was Witton though who could have sewn the match up three minutes from time but Tom Owens, having lobbed keeper Simms, also cleared the crossbar.

Must single out Liam Goulding, who’s hardly played since August, for added praise after being pitched straight into central defence when River Humphreys was confined to bed.

So it was three most welcome points following almost a month without a league match and only playing our second home Saturday league fixture. Albion now have two scheduled Tuesday home league matches as they make inroads on catching up all the other division’s teams games played and hopefully climb further up the table.

Many thanks to VIJAY ANTHWAL for providing the couple of interesting video clips together with the still photographs that include our American supporter Shawn Minnier who took in the match in his one day stop in England en route to France for a wee holiday. Also nice to see Witton Willy back on the scene!

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Key moments

Goal Rob Hopley scores for Witton Albion
Red Card Billy Smart is sent off for Witton Albion

Videos and photos


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90:00 +3:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Greg Hall keeps a clean sheet for Witton Albion
76:00 Sub On
Michael Wilson is substituted on for Witton Albion
76:00 Sub Off
Will Jones is substituted off for Witton Albion
47:00 Yellow Card
Danny McKenna is yellow carded for Witton Albion
End of period 1
30:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Billy Smart is sent off for Witton Albion
16:00 Goal 1 - 0
Rob Hopley scores for Witton Albion
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Witton Albion
  • Lancaster City
  • 0
  • Rob Hopley Goal 16:00'
  • Billy Smart Red Card 30:00'
  • Danny McKenna Yellow Card 47:00'
  • Will Jones Sub Off 76:00'
  • Michael Wilson Sub On 76:00'

Team selection

Hall, Greg Hall, Greg
Gardner, Anthony Gardner, Anthony
Goulding, Liam Goulding, Liam
Foley, James Foley, James
Wardle, Josh Wardle, Josh
Devine, Matty Devine, Matty
McKenna, Danny McKenna, Danny
Owens, Tom Owens, Tom
Jones, Will Jones, Will
Hopley, Rob Hopley, Rob
Smart, Billy Smart, Billy

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
7. Basford United 39 58
8. Scarborough Athletic 39 58
9. Witton Albion 39 57
10. Hyde United 40 53
11. Whitby Town 39 49
12. Hednesford Town 39 47
13. Lancaster City 39 46

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