Chadderton beaten despite valiant effort against promotion hopefuls
Monday 26th February 2018 @ 14:12 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

North West Counties First Division
Whitchurch Alport 3-1 Chadderton

Chadderton’s relegation fears deepened on Saturday after David Fish’s side were beaten 3-1 at Whitchurch Alport.

Whitchurch entered the game in fine form and are challenging for automatic promotion, so it therefore came as no surprise when they took the lead in the 13th minute through Aaron Johns. The same player hit the target 20 minutes later to give his side a two-goal cushion before the half-time whistle.

Chadderton are an improving side and they managed to reduce the arrears shortly after the re-start through Jack O’Leary. However, Chadderton’s hopes of taking something from the game were ended when Ryan Thomas scored a third for Whitchurch in the 95th minute.

Following the game, manager Fish tweeted: “A classic game of two halves against Alport today. Poor first half and could have been out of sight. The better side after the break and largely dominant. Just like the home game gutted not to get something against a very good team.”

Whitchurch entered the game full of confidence and they could have been two goals up in their opening five minutes. Simon Everall headed just over before Elliot Ledwards saw his attempt fly well off target when he should have done better.

After an early period of dominance, Whitchurch got their reward in the 13th minute when Johns slipped in behind the defence and slotted past the onrushing Latham.

The hosts ramped up the pressure and could have been two up shortly after the re-start. However, Lee Pickerill forced a great stop form Latham.

The Chadderton shot stopper was helpless in the 34th minute as Whitchurch bagged their second. Johns turned the ball home from close range despite Latham’s best efforts to keep it out.

Chadderton did, however, reduce the arrears in the 46th minute when O’Leary smashed home from a tight angle into the top right corner. Less than a minute later, and Chadderton were almost level. However, Jack Turnbull’s shot was brilliantly kept out by the Whitchurch keeper.

Chaddy’s dominance in the second-half was ultimately undone when Michael Woolfe was sent off after recieiving a second yellow card. The one man disadvantage took its toll on Chaddy, and with virtually the last piece of action, Whitchurch countered and notched a third through Thomas’ deflected effort.

The result leaves Chadderton in 18th spot and seven points above the relegation zone, although Daisy Hill, who occupy the last remaining relegation spot, have a game in hand on Chaddy.

Meanwhile, goal difference separates Whitchurch in third from second place Litherland.