United are Dunn for as Widnes steal it

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere - BY SI­MON DRISCOLL

AF­TER the mid­week aban­don­ment away to Droyls­den, United re­turned to ac­tion with a nar­row 1-0 de­feat at home to Widnes.

The cru­cial strike came from on-loan debu­tant Jack Dunn in the 34th minute.

A re­u­nion of both staff and play­ers for the two clubs with six of the Widnes 17 ex-United as well as co-man­agers Steve Akrigg and Kevin Towey while United as­sis­tants Stu­art Humphries and James Stand­ing also faced their for­mer em­ploy­ers.

Dave Pow­ell made one change from Tues­day night with re­cently signed Reece McNally in­cluded on the bench in place of Danny McLough­lin.

The vis­i­tors tested Terry Smith in­side the open­ing min­utes as Jack Dunn drew a low stop af­ter col­lect­ing Jay Roberts’ lofted pass.

United replied with a lofted pass from Tom Molyneux putting Alex Grif­fiths in on goal, his an­gled shot be­ing saved by Ryan Nield. Widnes nearly gifted United the lead af­ter Dave Moore’s cross was hit to­ward his own goal by Michael Gro­gan with Nield sav­ing his de­fender’s blushes.

An­other run from Moore re­sulted in a shot which crept past the far post while at the other end, Conor Ready’s an­gled cross needed just a touch at the back post from the on­rush­ing Chris Lo­max.

A tale of two chances on 33 min­utes as a Grif­fiths cross to the far post was not col­lected by Moore and at the other end, Jack Dunn cap­i­talised on Phil Mooney’s at­tempted clear­ance to ad­vance on goal, round Smith and slot in for 1-0.

The se­cond half opened with a sim­i­lar mis­take to the Widnes goal but in favour of United, Nield’s short clear­ance can­noned back off Luke Duffy but to the ‘keeper’s re­lief, the ball crept past the far post.

A long ball from Jack Flem­ing saw the bounce fool the Widnes de­fence and put Sean Yel­drem in on goal but he was to be de­nied by good re­flexes by Nield. A mis­take in the United de­fence led to Smith turn­ing into a sweeper-keeper which in­cluded a ques­tion­able chal­lenge, he was left thank­ing his cap­tain sec­onds later as Mooney headed Lo­max’s long range ef­fort off the line. Molyneux tried his luck from dis­tance be­fore Dunn forced a su­perb div­ing stop from Smith at the other end.

Sean Myler fired nar­rowly past the tar­get from dis­tance while Moore drew a low stop from Nield af­ter a clever run.

United thought they had drawn level min­utes later af­ter a goal-line scram­ble but the of­fi­cials sig­nalled play on.

The best chance to equalise came as sub­sti­tute Dane McCormick col­lected a long pass and looped the ball over Nield but also hit past the post.

Widnes came close to wrap­ping up the win late on with Web­ster’s low shot creep­ing past the post while United sub­sti­tute Thomas Daulby drew a low save from Nield ahead of the fi­nal whis­tle.

Skelmers­dale United dur­ing their 0-1 de­feat to Widnes FC John Driscoll

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