Match Report Prestwich Heys 2-4 Chadderton
Monday 16th October 2017 @ 15:10 by Mark Phillip
Football Oldham Sports

North West Counties League First Division

Prestwich Heys 4-2 Chadderton

Attendance: 187


Chadderton returned from promotion chasing Prestwich Heys empty handed on Friday evening after suffering a 4-2 loss at Adie Moran Park.

The result marked the club’s third consecutive loss in all competitions and subsequently leaves them in 15th spot on 11 points, having won two, drawn five and lost five of their opening 12 games.

Chaddy fell three goals behind by the 60th minute but managed to salvage some credibility by scoring two quick-fire goals through Aaron Scholes – son of former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul – and leon Iluobe.

Despite the attempted fight back, Lee Bruce bagged his second of the evening with 13 minutes left to extend Heys’ unbeaten run to six games and Chadderton’s winless run to seven games.

Although the hosts began the better side, it was actually Chadderton who came closest to opening the scoring in the 15th minute. Luke Herron’s ambitious shot from 25 yards hit the cross bar and out to safety.

Chadderton looked comfortable and continued to build the pressure, but they were dealt a blow in the 30th minute when Prestwich took a somewhat surprising lead. Good play from Jamie Baguley ended at the feet of Danny White, whose shot came off the post and out to Bruce who fired home the rebound.

It took less than eight minutes for Prestwich to double their lead from the penalty spot. Baguley was in the thick of the action once again, drawing a foul inside the box, which gave the referee with no alternative but to award the foul. Danny White stepped up and converted with confidence, giving his side a two goal cushion before the interval.

To their credit, Chadderton showed resilience and applied the pressure in the early stages of the second-half. Herron came close after testing the Prestwich keeper at the near post.

However, disaster struck just four minutes later when Baguley scored the third from close range.

Although the game looked out of sight by this point, Chadderton hit back with two quick-fire goals to give themselves a fighting chance.

Scholes nodded home from close range after rising highest inside the box, before Iluobe swept home a cross from the right.

Scholes had a great opportunity to level matters minutes later, although his accuracy was called into question after slicing over from close range.

Despite their best efforts to take something form the game, Chadderton were dealt a cruel blow in the 77th minute when Bruce lobbed the keeper after being sent through clear on goal.

Picture: Prestwich Heys