HALLMARK SECURITY LEAGUE
AFC DARWEN 0 NORTHWICH VICTORIA 5
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
GOALS AND TIMES:
Northwich Victoria: Hassall (16, 18), Matthews (24, 28, 71)
OPPONENTS CHOICE AS MAN OF THE MATCH:
Northwich Victoria: Brian Matthews
AFC Darwen: Jamie Edwards
YELLOW CARDS: Banks (AFC Darwen)
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)
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