HALLMARK SECURITY LEAGUE
AFC LIVERPOOL 0 AFC DARWEN 2
This was a good win against a team in the top six, after the disappointing defeat at bottom side Cammell Laird.
Once the action was underway, the visitors took control early on as Mohammed Nabeel shook his marker and shot narrowly wide in the sixth minute. The Reds failed to heed the warning and the pacy opposition forwards tore into their defence just a minute later. This time Bobby Langford created space to shoot from the edge of the area and fired past Dominic Garner to give Darwen the lead.
The home side were struggling to find their rhythm after three weeks of match postponements, with too many wayward passes breaking up their attempts to get back into the game. Jack Leamey went close to an equaliser on eleven minutes with a solo run from midfield resulting with a sweet strike that Darwen keeper Ben Proctor pushed around the post.
Proctor also denied Oscar Billington’s long range strike ten minutes later, but Darwen remained dangerous on the break, and only hesitation by striker Daniel Russell and lightning reactions from Garner prevented another goal for the visitors, and the Reds had Sean Calvert to thank for a last ditch block preventing Langford passing into an empty net.
AFC Liverpool had their best chance on the half hour mark as Freddy Champion fired in a dangerous cross, but Kieron Brislen put his shot at the back post over the bar from close range. Darwen still looked the more likely to score however, and the home side could be thankful they were only one goal behind at the break.
Half Time: AFC Liverpool 0 AFC Darwen 1
Despite a more positive show of intent from AFC Liverpool from the kick-off, the second half echoed the first with an early goal for Darwen as a through-ball to Anthony Lynch split the Reds defence, and he finished with aplomb to double the visitors lead.
There were some positives for the home side as Champion and Calvert went close with shots from narrow angles either side of goal, and their build-up play overall was much improved. With half an hour left, Emini Adegbenro was dispossessed on the edge of the area, only to swerve his way through a crowd of blue shirts and nearly take the ball away from the feet of Proctor, who just managed to hold on to it at the last moment.
Leamey went close with a free kick skimming the roof of the net from the edge of the area, and Reds Captain Jonathon Swatton put a low shot in from distance that went just wide, but as the match drew to a close, Darwen were able to run down the clock.
A late chance for a consolation goal came as Champion broke forward with five minutes left, but he fired into the side netting when a pass across goal to substitute Jackson would have provided a better opportunity.
Full Time: AFC Liverpool 0 AFC Darwen 2
(Match Report courtesy of AFC Liverpool)
REFEREE: A Sykes
GOALS AND TIMES:
AFC Darwen: Langford (7), Lynch (52)
OPPONENTS CHOICE AS MAN OF THE MATCH:
AFC Liverpool: Sean Calvert
AFC Darwen: Mohammed Nabeel
YELLOW CARDS: Edwards, Langford, Cunliffe (AFC Darwen)
1 Dominic Garner
2 Kieron Brislen
3 Daniel Hughes
4 Jonathon Swatton (Capt.)
5 Michael White
6 Conor Smith
7 Jack Leamey
8 Oscar Billington
9 Emini Adegbenro
10 Sean Calvert
11 Frederick Champion
12 Gary Whelan
14 Theodorakis Chrishokhou (replaced Hughes, 71 minutes)
15 Connor Grainger (replaced Smith, 52 minutes)
16 Jackson Ellis (replaced Adegbenro, 77 minutes)
1 Ben Proctor
2 Jamie Edwards
3 Kallum Banks
4 Matthew Allen
5 Adam Douglas
6 Jordan Scottl
7 Alex Ralph
8 Anthony Lynch
9 Mohammed Nabeel
10 Bobby Langford
11 Daniel Russell
12 Reece Malone (replaced Scott 80 minutes)
14 Declan Cunliffe (replaced Russell, 71 minutes)
15 Liam Cole (replaced Langford, 77 minutes)
Adam Douglas (c)