Winnington Park 3 Urmston 3
Winnington gained a well earned point on Saturday at Sir John Deanes.Š
A combination of illness and injury had adversely affected the home squad but they dug deep to remain unbeaten in their last five league games.Š Park had father and son Jeff Dodd and John-Paul Dodd to thank for keeping the scores level early on, John-Paul in the Winnington goal making some fine saves and Jeff at right back making an unbelievable goal line clearence when the visitors seemed certain to score.
Park did go behind midway through the first half, a short corner finding its way through the home defence.
Robin Bowden equalized firing home after the ball came back off the post from a Mark Leigh set piece, but they went 2-1 down before the break.
Simon Livingstone made an impressive debut when he came on up front, winning a number of short corners and free hits that Winnington looked dangerous from.Š It was from one of these penalty cornersŠwhere Mark Leigh produced the equalizer, flicking the ball high into the Urmston net from the top of the circle.Š
Livingstone also had a couple of reverse stick shots that troubled the visiting keeper but could not quite force the ball home.ŠPark took the lead for the first time in the match midway through the second half Dennis Topping producing an accomplished finish after some fine work by Sam Cloake down the left wing.
Karl Kueres and Mark Leigh were having fine games at the heart of the Winnington defence as the home side sensed victory.Š However this prospect was soon removed as Urmston levelled, the ball fell kindly in the circle but the forward made no mistake from close range.ŠA hard fought point for the depleted home side who next visit second placed City of Manchester.
Chester 5ths 0 Winnington 3rds 2 (Jack Millington, Mike Dodd).