Michael Powell's double is a highlight of Witton Albion's win against higher-ranked AFC Telford United

Danny Andrews prepares to pass as former Witton Albion teammate Josh Hancock closes in

Scott Bakkor sends a free kick towards goal during Saturday's friendly

Anthony Gardner seeks to make progress down Witton's right flank

Neil Harvey, who signed after the match, strikes towards the target

Michael Powell scores the first of his two goals against Telford

Ben Harrison, left, congratulates Michael Powell after he had doubled Witton's lead

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Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Writer

WITTON Albion eased to a victory against opponents who will play in non-league football’s top flight during the forthcoming campaign.

Captain Michael Powell scored either side of the interval following Danny Andrews’ opener to settle the outcome inside 50 minutes.

Substitute Sean Clancy’s goal for Telford, with three minutes left, will be scant consolation to the Bucks after they were outplayed by Brian Pritchard’s men.

Andrews reacted sharply when full back Andy Owens and goalkeeper Jonathan Hedge dithered in dealing with Iain Howard’s pass, allowing Albion’s wide man to squeeze a shot into the net from an acute angle.

Scott Bakkor struck directly from a free kick shortly afterwards, but Telford’s net-minder clawed his attempt to safety.

With new recruit Chris Sanna unavailable, Witton’s stand-in goalkeeper reacted smartly to smother Andy Farrell’s driven free kick.

Mike Phenix went closer still for Telford but his effort, guided with an instep following approach play by ex-Albion winger Josh Hancock, flashed narrowly wide.

Powell spun and shot in the same movement to double the hosts’ lead shortly before the break after the Bucks partially cleared a corner.

He repeated the trick two minutes into the second half, this time cushioning a header into an empty net after Anthony Gardner and Andrews had exposed Owens down the visitors’ left.

Phenix dragged an attempt wide before substitutes Tony Gray and Sam Smith both forced Witton’s on-trial custodian to save smartly.

When he was beaten, Clancy was assisted by a decisive deflection of a defensive wall.


Witton (4-4-2) Trialist (GK), Gardner, Barnes, Harrison (Trialist 58), Moyo (Trialist 72), Andrews (Trialist 68), Davidson (Sheehan 72), Powell (Trialist 58), Howard (Dawson 68), Trialist (Trialist 75), Bakkor (Trialist 68)

Telford (4-5-1) Hedge (GK), Baynes, Byrne, Akrigg (Clancy 55), Owens (Lever 49), Phenix (Smith 62), Barnett (Todd 67), Grogan, Deacey, Hancock (Cooke 55), Farrell (Gray 62)

Referee Chris Clarke (Knutsford)

Attendance 146

 

 

 

 

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8:18pm Mon 21 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

ZIGGER ZAGGER

ZIGGER ZAGGER

ZIGGER ZAGGER


......splendid result Witton....


(That's the wonder of you)
ZIGGER ZAGGER ZIGGER ZAGGER ZIGGER ZAGGER ......splendid result Witton.... (That's the wonder of you) hectorplain
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8:20pm Mon 21 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

I've just noticed, too many ZIGGER ZAGGERs in that post.

Never mind, there's one for each goal.
I've just noticed, too many ZIGGER ZAGGERs in that post. Never mind, there's one for each goal. hectorplain
  • Score: 11

1:10pm Wed 23 Jul 14

PrideofNorthwich says...

Very positive performance and the new players brought in by the manager make for a very exciting season ahead. The World Cup was good but I'd rather be watching the Albs any day. Cant wait for the season to start.
Very positive performance and the new players brought in by the manager make for a very exciting season ahead. The World Cup was good but I'd rather be watching the Albs any day. Cant wait for the season to start. PrideofNorthwich
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