Sandbach United



Chadderton FC

Sat 9 Sep 2017 | The Hallmark Security League Division One | Away


Sandbach Community Football Centre





Saturday brought heavy rain and a raft of postponements in the Hallmark Security League.  Chaddy officials spent most of Saturday morning with an eye on Twitter waiting for the inevitable message from Sandbach United that the game had fallen foul of the weather. Amazingly, the message never came and we were one of the few games that escaped the monsoon weather, and the pitch at SUFC was surprisingly playable and in good condition when we arrived.

Chaddy boss Mark Howard was again, as so often so far this season, faced with a selection dilemma – and not of the kind managers want – of around 10 players unavailable for various reasons including injury, work etc, and  it meant Tank once again wouldn’t have the luxury of picking from a full strength squad. It’s full credit to everyone concerned that the attitude has been great of all those involved so far this season.

Sandbach is quite an exposed ground and the conditions weren’t ideal for the football that Chadderton like to play, we started in sunshine but soon the clouds closed in and it turned into an afternoon more like November than September!

SUFC started on the front foot as you’d expect from a home side (remember what it was like to be one of those ?!) calling on Chaddy captain Mike Smith to make a couple of early saves, pushing shots out for corners.  After 7 mins SUFC got the goal they’d been looking for, with a neat finish to the keepers left although there was a suspicion of offside – at least by me ! 1-0.

Chadderton then managed to get their game going with a run from Leon Iluobe which lead to our first corner. Leon was presenting a real threat to the SUFC defence with his pace and power, but it was Luke Heron who got us back into the game with his 4th of the season who dinked it past the Sandbach keeper to put us on level terms.

There now followed a really good period for Chaddy, with another great run and cross from Leon, but no-one was there to take advantage. Likewise Luke Heron had another good weaving run, but just couldn’t get a shot off on goal. Chadderton then deservedly took the lead on 33 minutes with a beautiful finish in the top right-hand corner by Dale Minor. 1-2 to Chaddy and that’s how it stood at half time.

We started the 2nd half brightly enough, with a James Dwyer header going close from a corner, and a couple of shots going close but it was the home side who then got the equaliser with a good finish to make it 2-2 on 60 mins. Again, we had barely managed to adjust to this when the Chaddy defence was split, and SUFC went 3-2 ahead on 66 minutes with a goal which looked offside from where I was stood.

We now had to chase a game that we’d looked favourites to get something out of, Tank put Niall Barnes and Liam Eadsforth on in an effort to get us back into the game. Sadly as often happens when one side is chasing the game, SUFC grabbed another goal on 85 minutes to go 4-2 up, which with the players and fans alike getting a soaking now, was how the game ended.

The form of Liam Eadsforth on his 1st team debut, and the quality of the Chadderton goals was a bright note on an otherwise miserable afternoon in Cheshire.


I keep saying this and I will repeat it again, it’s impossible to judge us until we’ve played a home game, and I mean one  with no travelling involved, and Mark has a full, or at least ¾ squad to pick from and give him the options which go with this. Even without the players we’ve had missing, we haven’t been outclassed in any game so far, and I’d include Silsden in that equation. We are the only team to take any points of Litherland REMYCA this season, and with the very young side we have, we play some great football. There’s no place for negativity in a football club, positivity breeds confidence, and confidence brings victories, so we go again at Atherton LR confident that we can come away with the result the team deserves. 


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