Esh Winning 2 – 1 Willington
Referee: Gary McMullan
Esh Winning went into Saturday’s game on just 22 points from from 32 games. This meant that they were 9 points ahead of Tow Law, although Tow Law have 3 games in hand.
Esh Winning started the game well and were creating chances, however, the first goal came when the Willington keeper decided to come rushing out of his box to head a ball clear only for the ball to fall to Luke Thompson who calmly chipped the keeper and scored Esh Winning’s first goal on 6 minutes.
The game was then evenly played by both sides until around the 27th minute when Willington started to press a little more. Willington seemed to be trying to put the ball into the box through their wingers who were up and down throughout the game however it never looked too threatening.
On the 30th minute Marc Bell was given the freedom to run through the middle and punished Esh Winning as he slotted the ball into the back of the net.
The woodwork on both goals was tested by both teams in both the first half and the second half. Both goal keepers also had great games as they both pulled off some truly magnificent saves to keep the score line at 1’s apiece.
On the 92nd minute Lee Blades had a shot which deflected off a Willington player which looked as though it was going way over the bar before it dropped suddenly into the back of the net. A goal which at the time everyone knew was the winner and turned out to be as the referee blew for full time less than 30 seconds after Willington kicked the game back off.
The Willington management were obviously guttered but admitted that we simply created too many chances to not get the 3 points. A comment which I truly respect from a very commendable club.