All Dunn and dusted on bosses’ an­niver­sary

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Widnes Vikings -

SKELMERS­DALE UNITED ....................... 0 WIDNES FC ................................................ 1 IDNES joint-bosses Steve Akrigg and Kev Towey cel­e­brated one year at the helm in style last Satur­day af­ter­noon, run­ning out 1-0 win­ners at Skelmers­dale United with debu­tant Jack Dunn scor­ing the game’s only goal.

Dunn, signed on an ini­tial one-month loan from War­ring­ton Town dur­ing the week, net­ted in the 33rd minute to en­sure that Widnes put an end to their run of three straight games with­out a win in all com­pe­ti­tions.

The for­ward was one of three changes to the Whites’ side that drew at home to New­cas­tle Town last time out, com­ing in for the in­jured George Lo­max. Else­where, Mike Burke and George Web­ster were both handed re­calls in place of Ben Cartwright and Danny Ven­tre.

Widnes started on the front foot at Vo­lair Park and it was Dunn who was first to threaten.

The Liver­pool Academy prod­uct was bril­liantly picked out by Jay Roberts af­ter mak­ing a great run, but the for­ward was un­able to get the clean­est shot away as the ball trick­led wide of the tar­get.

It was a re­ally pos­i­tive start from the vis­i­tors who had Skelmers­dale on the back foot early. Dale Korie-But­ler picked the pocket of Dim­itrios Chris­tou and ad­vanced in the area but his cross was blocked al­low­ing Char­lie Duke to scram­ble away the dan­ger.

Dunn was prov­ing to be a good out­let for Widnes up front, with his clever move­ment prov­ing dif­fi­cult to han­dle for the Skem back­line.

He again made a good run to latch on to Sean Myler’s pass but the ball was caught be­neath his feet as the chance broke down.

Skem grew into the half as it went on with David Moore get­ting the bet­ter of Phil Do­ran to square a cross into the area

W● that was al­most turned into his own net by Michael Gro­gan, but Widnes keeper Ryan Neild made the save.

Back came Widnes how­ever, with Conor Ready float­ing a de­li­cious cross to­wards the back-post that nar­rowly evaded Chris Lo­max at full-stretch.

Two min­utes later, Widnes de­servedly took the lead. Skelmers­dale had been liv­ing dan­ger­ously at the back and Dunn cap­i­talised, in­ter­cept­ing Phil Mooney’s pass be­fore round­ing keeper Terry Smith and slot­ting the ball home.

Skelmers­dale threat­ened an equaliser early in the se­cond half as Neild’s at­tempted clear­ance fell at the feet of Luke Duffy who nar­rowly missed the open tar­get, curl­ing an ef­fort wide of the far post.

Neild re­deemed him­self min­utes later as he saved well from Sean Yel­drem, be­fore his op­po­site num­ber Smith en­dured a mo­ment of mad­ness as he was caught in no man’s land, with Dunn’s am­bi­tious long-range ef­fort headed off the line by Duke.

Septem­ber’s Player of the Month Web­ster did well on the hour-mark to tee up Dunn, but the ex-Run­corn Lin­net Smith pro­duced a ter­rific div­ing save to push the debu­tant’s ef­fort away from goal.

Widnes at­tempted to freshen things up of­fen­sively with the in­tro­duc­tion of Ben Hod­kin­son from the bench, but Skem would go on to en­joy their best spell of match.

Duffy nod­ded wide from a free-kick af­ter Widnes failed to clear their lines be­fore Neild had to be alert to make a good save from Moore.

Widnes still car­ried a threat of their own how­ever, and they al­most put the game to bed through Myler who hit a fierce drive from 25 yards that whis­tled past the up­right.

The vis­i­tors had a scare 10 min­utes from time how­ever as Neild scram­bled to hook an ef­fort off the line, but the Widnes cus­to­dian was not trou­bled in the clos­ing few min­utes de­spite Skem pil­ing on the pres­sure.

Widnes could have added a late se­cond goal, but Web­ster could only scuff an ef­fort off tar­get af­ter be­ing com­bin­ing well with marks­man Dunn.

John Driscoll

Widnes FC’s de­fence is put un­der pres­sure against Skelmers­dale United last Satur­day but they sur­vived this scare and went on to de­feat the West Lan­cashire side 1-0 thanks to a goal from debu­tant Jack Dunn.

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