Kidsgrove Athletic 1-2 Skelmersdale Utd
Skelmersdale United produced another memorable performance on the road on Saturday, travelling down to Staffordshire against the team in 8th place before the start of play United rolled up their sleeves and came away with a narrow 2-1 victory.
Kicking down hill in the first half the hosts had much the better of the play and kept United firmly entrenched in their own half, Sam Ashton pulling out a number of saves from Diskin, Bott and Leigh to keep Skem on level terms, whilst his opposite number in the home goal Booth, was very much a spectator Hagen and new boys Bell & Jackson performing heroics at the back.
The slope was to United’s advantage in the second half and they nearly made it pay early doors, Ste Milne’s header going just wide, Eliott Morris was coming more to the fore and caused plenty of problems for the home sides defence. Ashton made a crucial save in the 60th minute, tipping Broomfield’s wicked shot over the bar, from then on it was pretty much all Skem. Mcloughlin getting the opening goal in the 71st minutes with a shot from just inside the box, even though Kidsgrove pulled one back through Knapper 10 minutes later, the pressure Brodie’s men exerted always favoured them to score again.
The winning goal came in the 88th minute, a mad scramble in the area was not cleared by the shaky defence and substitute Prescott nipped in to fire home.
It was another performance that left Manager Richard Brodie beaming “to be honest we were not at the races first half, we dug in and kept the score level, all the players working extremely hard just to keep them at bay, but with the slope to our advantage we performed far better and really there was only going to be one team that was going to win it in the end”.
“I’m delighted for the lads, there is a happy dressing room building now, I’m not saying we are perfect but the lads are giving everything to the cause and you cannot ask for more than that”.
United travel to Trafford on Tuesday evening and a will be looking to build on their recent away performances Brodie continued “I was told by one of younger supporters, Lucas, that we are now the only team in the football League pyramid who have yet to draw a league game this season, I will gladly take a point on Tuesday night”.
SKELMERSDALE UNITED: Ashton Hagan Freeman Jackson Warren Bell Morris Djalo Milne McLaughlin Hamilton. SUBS: Prescott Gallagher O’Brien. Unused: Herbert, Newton
KIDSGROVE ATHLETIC: Booth Byers Stubbs Bromfield Bergin Thorpe Diskin Leigh Adu-Gyamfi Bott Saxon. SUBS: Knapper Garlick Ofosu Allcock Minshall