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Hallmark Security League First Division North 
23/02/2019, 3:00 pm
AFC Darwen
2 - 1
Nelson
WEC Group Anchor Ground
First Team

Match Report

HALLMARK SECURITY LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION NORTH

23/2/2019

AFC DARWEN 2 NELSON 1

This performance wasn’t the best but Darwen ground out a win against local rivals Nelson. Kallum Banks had rejoined the club and was playing his first game today, which also marked his hundredth competitive appearance for AFC Darwen.

The first chance fell to Nelson after two minutes. A free kick into the Darwen box saw a Taranjeet Jheeta shot trickle just wide of the post.

The home side took the lead in the seventh minute as Leon Creech curled a corner into the area, which flew over the head of keeper Marcel Wsiewicz to nestle in the opposite end of the goal. Two minutes later came a golden opportunity to double the lead when Elliot Pond was put in the clear but hooked the ball the wrong side of the post with the keeper stranded. Danny Taylor was on target after nineteen minutes but Wsiewicz made a good stop.

Very little then happened, until with five minutes to go a Nelson defender dithered in his area, and Leon Creech pressured him to get control of the ball, with the Darwen man slotting home for his second goal.

Half Time: AFC Darwen 2 Nelson 0

The second half was uneventful until the hour mark, then a long throw in from Ashley Brierley caused problems in the Darwen box. The ball was only cleared to Jake Lloyd just inside the area, who returned a low drive into the back of the net to renew Nelson’s hopes of getting something from the game.

The visitors had the better of the remaining game and put some pressure on the Darwen defence without really creating anything worthwhile. High balls into the box were all comfortably gathered by Darwen keeper Jordan Gidley.

Full Time: AFC Darwen 2 Nelson 1

ATTENDANCE: 102

REFEREE: Lucy Briggs

ASSISTANTS: Alex Smith, Matty Wolfendale

GOALS AND TIMES:

Nelson: Lloyd (61)

AFC Darwen: Creech (7, 40)

OPPONENTS CHOICE AS MAN OF THE MATCH:

Nelson: Ashley Brierley

AFC Darwen: Leon Creech

YELLOW CARDS: Brierley (Nelson), Holt (AFC Darwen)

RED CARDS:

TEAMS:

Nelson

1 Marcel Wsiewicz

2 Charlie Lloyd

3 Jack Corcoran

4 Jake Lloyd

5 Kieron Demaine

6 Alex Grice

7 Ashley Brierley (Capt.)

8 Mark Sharples

9 Taranjeet Jheeta

10 Gareth Hill

11 Ross Knight

12 Jamie Wynne (replaced Corcoran, 46 minutes)

14 Jake Townsend

15 Harvey Macadam (replaced Knight, 60 minutes)

16 Ben Connolly (replaced Jheeta, 71 minutes)

17 Elliott Fenton

AFC Darwen

1 Jordan Gidley

2 Kallum Banks

3 Jamie Gibson

4 Matt Farnworth (Capt.)

5 Sam Knowles

6 Sam Holt

7 Leon Creech

8 Karl Turner

9 Elliot Pond

10 Danny Taylor

11 Nyle Ellis

12 Harrison Green (replaced Creech, 90 minutes)

14 Matt Cain

15 Henry Eadie

16 Jamie Edwards (replaced Turner, 72 minutes)

18 Jack Prince (replaced Pond, 72 minutes)