Updated: Aug 27, 2019
Vauxhall Motors 1 - 2 Winsford United
The Syncreon Arena
Strong gusting winds ensured a scrappy game in which the Blues had to dig deep to emerge victorious.
An uneventful first half, with both sets of players struggling with the blustery conditions produced just a few points worth reporting.
With chances at a premium, Vauxhall thought they had broken the deadlock only for the linesman to flag for offside.
Winsfords best chance of the half was from a spectacular run by Nathan Cotterell who, after hurdling several challenges found Dave Short who shot first time just over the bar.
The half ended in disappointment for the impressive Adam Barlow who had to be replaced and helped off the pitch with an injured foot sustained in a challenged.
The second half started disastrously with Vauxhall taking the lead from a deflected shot during a goalmouth scrap.
This stung the Blues into action. Just two minutes later Madeley had the ball in Vauxhalls net, although after initially giving the goal the referee consulted the linesman who had correctly spotted a handball.
Then began a period of time game management by Vauxhall, culminating in the farcical situation where no match balls were available due to balls being kicked over the small fence out of the ground.
With just over ten minutes remaining, Winsford finally found their equaliser. The recently introduced Romero Coley attacked the Vauxhall defence from the corner of the box, shooting low his shot was cleared only to Madeley whose subsequent effort went in off the post.
With minutes to go a corner for Winsford brings the winner. A vicious cross by Dave Short eludes the keeper and goes straight in at the far post.
Vauxhall gave Winsford one last fright in injury time when a deflected shot hit the cross bar.
MOM - Damian Skolorzynski
Officials - Good. Got all the major decisions correct. Could have been stronger with the play acting.
By Kev Wright