Atherton Collieries v Eccleshall,NWCL Division 1,Saturday 28th February 2015

The push for promotion continues for Michael Clegg’s men at Alder House and this afternoons visitors Eccleshall bore brunt to a demolition job not seen since the days of Fred Dibnah when he would fell a chimney!

Eccleshall were on the backfoot just after five minutes in when Matt Bolan passed in for Mark Ayres to easily convert past keeper Brandon McElenty, Colls continued to dominate and ten minutes later Ayres was unlucky not to get his second when a powerful shot outside the box was knocker over for a corner. 

The away side did their best to contain Colls and were unlucky not to have equalised sooner when Eccleshall’s Steven Hughes had the ball in the box but had no support. 

Colls second came on 34 minutes when Gareth Peet struck the most beautiful free kick you will see all season from outside the area to double the hosts lead, Eccleshall finally got on the scoresheet when Adam Jones converted inside the area off a corner and were then unlucky not to equalise when Hughes shot over the bar when in on goal. 

HT Atherton Collieries 2 Eccleshall 1

After the half time oranges Colls set out to put the game to bed and after a few missed chances Mark Battersby got a quick fire double on 63 and 66 minutes respectively, the first of which was a cracking lob over the keeper then for the second of his brace he managed to haul himself off the already worn Alder House turf to follow up a rebound of his,he now needs another five to make it 50 for the season in all league and cup games,he should do it before to long. 

With Colls already 4-1 up it was a case of just get to the final whistle for Eccleshall but that was not to be the case when sub Jordan Clover did an easy strike on 85 minutes to make it a resounding 5-1 win. 

This win keeps Colls still four points behind Cammel Laird 1907 but with the advantage of having four games in hand,the first being Chadderton at Alder House on Monday night at 7.45

Eccleshall drop to 15th in this nineteen team league but should be ok for another season. 

In all fairness the points were never in doubt here, the only difference was Eccleshall not being able to level it before half time,had Steven Hughes been able to convert just before half time it could have been all different. 

All being well come May the local bus company will be dusting out the open topper as the streets of Atherton get rammed to celebrate promotion the NWCL Premier, off this showing even Man Utd must be tempted to ring Michael Clegg for advice. 

FT Atherton Collieries 5 Eccleshall 1

Atherton Colls. 

Taberner,Kenny,Swanton,Messer,Carson,Hardcastle,Ayres,Cooke (C),Battersby,Boland,Peet. 

Subs, Shaw,Cover,Adams,Heald,Grimshaw




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