NORTH WEST COUNTIES FIRST DIVISION SOUTH
ELLESMERE RANGERS 1
A frustrating day at the Pro Seal Stadium for Cheadle Heath Nomads as they shared the points with Ellesmere Rangers.
It was a sluggish start to the day with a few genuine chances created by both sides in the first 15 minutes of the game with neither side really taking hold of the game.
On the 23rd minute mark a lapse in concentration by Nomads led to a well placed diagonal through ball to the left side of Nomads backline which was calmly finished into the opposite bottom corner by Ellesmere’s Steven Hole.
After that Nomads start to sustain pressure in Ellesmere’s half and started to get some fortune down the left hand side with Kieran Ally’s pace but the quality was lacking in delivery at times along with the finishing.
Nomads continued to control the ball for long periods of the first half but the decision making in the final third proved to be costly at times as chances to get on the scoresheet came and went.
HT: NOMADS 0 Ellesmere Rangers 1
Second half began and Nomads continued to have a lot of the ball but didn’t really do much with it as the final pass in the Ellesmere half was cut out or was a poor pass.
Then 28 minutes into the second half Daniel Mclaughlin was played in behind and took his shot first time catching the keeper off guard forcing him to watch the ball go past him into the bottom corner making 1-1 and McLaughlin’s 22nd goal of the season.
Ellesmere were then holding on for the draw & every moment to take a breather & reset, they took it. Kyle Foley came close to taking the lead with a volley at a tight angle with only the opposite post preventing the ball from nesting in the net, as well as free kick going over the bar.
Nomads huffed & puffed what couldn’t break Ellesmere’s defence down, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw. The team now rest and recover in preparation for Tuesday night’s game against Abbey Hulton United at Home.
FT: NOMADS 1 Ellesmere Rangers 1
After the game we got the thoughts of Manager Jake Davies:
“Todays game sums up our season and we come away frustrated again, reality of todays game is that the opposition have had one or two chances on target and taken one and we haven’t been ruthless enough.
When you switch off in moments of games, teams punish you and Ellesmere have done that by taking the lead today.
In the second half we played a pattern of the game which we know we do very well in but today technical qualities have let us down and we haven’t been able to create the amount of clear cut opportunities to win the game, all be it if we were ruthless enough we probably come away with a win today.
Positives to take were that Charlie Mulgrew and George Blackwell did well in the game considering they haven’t had too much action recently and both showed quite a sharp edge to their game, also we know Danny Byrnes will be available for selection in mid week against Abbey Hulton.
Finishing 7th or 8th seems too far for us now, we’re focused on trying to consolidate our top half finish and if possible finish above Stockport Town to claim that 9th spot.”
NOMADS: Willan, Coates, Wright, O’Connell, Greenfield, Tinker, Mulgrew, Milne, McLaughlin, Foley, ALLEY*
Subs: Blackwell Unused: Rigby, Taylor, Horner, Wallis
Ellesmere Rangers: Hawkins, Hickman, Loughnane, Rogers, Lloyd, Jones, Dunne, Robinson, Howarth, Hole, Davies
Subs: Adaggio, Antonio, Courtney Unused: None