Hallmark Security League Premier Division 
21/03/2018, 7:45 pm
AFC Darwen
0 - 5
Northwich Victoria
WEC Group Anchor Ground
First Team

Match Report





Defensive errors by Darwen gifted Northwich Victoria most of the goals in this match as the home side conceded four goals in the first half hour. Luke Tabone was making his home debut for the club

The visitors had the first shot on target as James Whittingham managed to push away a strong drive from new Northwich signing George Hassall, but they were ahead on sixteen minutes when Tim Drugan put the ball across his own box and into the feet of Hassall, who fired home.

Two minutes later, the visitors were two up as Hassall picked up on a deflection from a corner to volley past Whittingham.

Darwen’s first shot on target after twenty minutes forced Michael Donlon in the Northwich goal to make a great diving save to push away a Ryan Steele free kick for a corner. After a period of home pressure, a goal kick upfield led to Hassall getting through the Darwen defence, and despite his goal effort being deflected by James Whittingham, the ball ran to Brian Matthews for a tap in with the defence absent.

The visitors were four up before the half hour when a ball from the left was not cleared properly by Darwen defenders and Matthews took the opportunity to pick up the loose ball and grab his second. Ten minutes later Donlon made another good parry from a Jamie Edwards drive.

Half Time: AFC Darwen 0 Northwich Victoria 4

Four minutes into the restart, Donlon made another good stop as he got fingertips to a Bobby Langford low drive. Perhaps Northwich had taken their foot off the pedal for the second half, but Darwen had the best of the play with some good moves to test the away defence, but another blunder cost another goal.

With twenty minutes to go, the ball was passed back to keeper James Whittingham, who ran the ball along his area but delayed his clearance, and as he tried to boot upfield, Matthews stuck a foot out and the ball rebounded off his boot and into the net.

With Darwen trying to get something from the game, Northwich exploited the odd gap, with one shot smashing against the bar. At the other end Kieran Wood hit a curling drive from twenty five yards out with Donlon tipping the effort round the post.

Full Time: AFC Darwen 0 Northwich Victoria 5


REFEREE: Bob Roberts

ASSISTANTS: Anthony Parkinson, James McNee


Northwich Victoria: Hassall (16, 18), Matthews (24, 28, 71)

AFC Darwen:


Northwich Victoria: Brian Matthews

AFC Darwen: Jamie Edwards

YELLOW CARDS: Banks (AFC Darwen)



Northwich Victoria

1 Michael Donlon

2 Matthew Clarke

3 Daniel Johnson

4 Anthony Shinks (Capt.)

5 Kieron Kenny

6 Brandon Barski

7 Adam Robinson

8 Adam Weston

9 Brian Matthews

10 George Hassall

11 Liam Bickett

12 Oscar Durnin (replaced Weston, 69 minutes)

14 Oliver Walker (replaced Matthews, 75 minutes)

15 Joseph Whittington

16 John Bennett

17. Rory Gorman (replaced Clarke, 78 minutes)

AFC Darwen

1 James Whittingham

2 Kieran Wood

3 Callum Hoctor

4 Karl Turner (Capt.)

5 Tim Drugan

6 Luke Tabone

7 Jamie Edwards

8 Danny Banks

9 Ryan Steele

10 Ryan McKenna

11 Bobby Langford

12 Luke Cassidy

14 Sidi Fofana(replaced Drugan, 46 minutes)

15 Liam Cole (replaced Langford, 78 minutes)

16 Fenton Brown