Widnes 2-1 Prescot Cables: Match Report

Two second half goals in two minutes from Widnes striker Dale Korie-Butler saw Cables beaten in extraordinary fashion on Saturday at Barnton’s Offside Trust Stadium.

On a pitch that was comparable to a potato field, it was Cables who made the better start as they sought to play quick passing football on the bobbling, uneven surface. They were rewarded for their early pressure with a goal in the 18th minute. Michael Monaghan played a quick free kick off to James Edgar on the edge of the box, just as he was about to fire a shot towards goal the referee spotted a foul on Cables Captain James McCulloch and awarded a penalty.

With 7 penalties already converted this season Chris Almond stepped up to take the penalty which was promptly saved by ‘Keeper Owen Wheeler but was able to knock in the rebound to take his goal tally for the season so far to 20 in all competitions.

The remainder of the first half saw Cables dominate possession without creating any real chances of note, although at half time they went in well worth their lead having prevented the home side from threatening the goal.

The second half saw Cables start determined to get the second goal that would almost certainly kill off the contest, Jack Lenehan forcing ‘keeper Wheeler into a good save low to his right in the 48th minute.

However, it was the hosts who scored in the 59th minute to level the game. A ball over the top and behind the back four saw Cables keeper Kyle Haslam exposed to the onrushing Korie-Butler. As he came out to clear the danger, the Cables stopper mistimed his kick and allowed the Widnes striker to fire the ball into an empty net.

A minute later, with the equaliser clearly still on his mind, Haslam came to meet an Aaron Turner back-pass. He was unable to clear the ball from danger and Korie-Butler was able to curl the ball around him into the Cables net. Suddenly Cables were two-one down out of nowhere.

Cables, clearly shocked at this turn of events, struggled to get back into the game. Chris Almond attempted to draw Cables level in the 79th minute but saw his shot cleared off the line. Lloyd Dean also saw a late chance cleared as Widnes were able to see the game out and claim the three points.

Cables: Haslam, Fernandes, McCulloch, Cooper, Edgar, Turner, Lenehan, Griffiths, Monaghan (Dean 70), Almond, Hamilton (Klein-Davies 70)

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