MATCH REPORT | West 1-2 Charnock Richard – West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC

MATCH REPORT | West 1-2 Charnock Richard

Saturday 16th February 2018, NWCFL Premier Division

West 1 (Bailey pen 39)
Charnock Richard 2 (Grimshaw 8, Oxley 44)
Att: 407

West slipped back into the Premier Division relegation zone after a dispiriting defeat to Charnock Richard.

On an eminently forgettable afternoon at Brookburn Road, Charnock’s Carl Grimshaw opened the scoring inside the first ten minutes. The returning Tom Bailey struck from the spot six minutes before the interval, but there was still time for Oliver Oxley to ensure the visitors went into the break ahead, with Oxley’s goal ultimately enough to ensure a second win against West of the season.

David Powell’s side hadn’t played in the league for three weeks and looked off the pace in a passive first period. It didn’t take long for Charnock to punish the home side’s sluggish start, with Carl Grimshaw left unmarked to head home his 35th goal of the season after a cross from the right wing.

West were able to call on last season’s top scorer Bailey for the first time since August, but aside from a Jack Sergeant snap-shot that flew just wide after 15 minutes, the Charnock defence were enjoying a comfortable afternoon. However, West were offered a way back into the game shortly before the break when Danny McLaughlin was upended inside the area. Bailey sent goalkeeper Kyle Haslam the wrong way to register a belated first goal of the season.

But the visitors still had time to retake the lead before half time, with Marcus Burgess losing a high ball and Oxley on hand to tap the loose ball over the line.

With West’s closest league rivals Hanley Town heading for victory against Runcorn Town, this was a game that the home side could hardly afford to lose, but any expected siege on the Charnock goal failed to materialise. Instead, Haslam was woefully underemployed, and the only moment of note in a dismal second period came at the other end when Burgess stretched to tip a rising drive over the crossbar.

A tepid match petered to a conclusion without West ever genuinely threatening to rescue a point, and Charnock comfortably claimed a league double over a home side who find themselves back in the drop zone.

West: Burgess, Marsh (Dixon 79), Pearson, Sergeant, Eiselt, Horner, Miranda (Shanganya 68), Eckersley, Bailey, Coombes (Tsegaye 75), McLaughlin. Not used: Tinker, Shaw