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Slater comes off the bench to score winner
3:50pm Monday 11th March 2013 in Football
Crewe FC 1 Greenalls PSO 2
GREENALLS Padgate St Oswalds showed fantastic spirit coming from behind to defeat Crewe FC 2-1 at the Cumberland Arena.
The victory catapulted the Greens into sixth place in Cheshire Football League Division One, overtaking Crewe in the process.
Goals from Danny Wilcock and Ben Slater secured all three points, and sent the team back to Warrington in high spirits.
Crewe came out of the blocks quicker than Greenalls, and only three minutes in took the lead.
Simon Everall latched on to a pass that looped over the defence, while offside calls were yelled he kept his composure to round Craig Clare and tuck the ball home.
Greenalls couldn’t get the passing game flowing and could only manage half chances.
Craig Hoyland put a 30 yard free kick wide, but demonstrated incredible power in the process.
Not long after Crewe had a chance of their own, a long ball was floated into Greenalls’ box, goalkeeper Clare dealt with it in unorthodox fashion as he used his knees to put the ball out for a corner.
Twenty-seven minutes in and Crewe FC were denied what appeared to be a stonewall penalty.
PJ Hudson, an impressive performer, was bearing down on goal when Jon Shakeshaft brought him down.
Four minutes later and Greenalls were level, Latham picked the ball up around 30 yards from goal and forged some space.
He passed the ball with precision to Wilcock, who slotted home into the bottom left corner.
The second half started with Everall showing a good turn of pace to make progress towards the Greenalls goal.
It looked as if he had made it 2-1 but Shakeshaft came to the rescue with a dramatic goal like clearance.
Greenalls had a stonewall penalty denied of their own early in the second half.
The incident came after Danny Topping showed great work ethic to chase down a loose ball, Crewe’s number six hacked him down just as he was about to retrieve the ball.
Slater and Mike Evans were brought on to try to change a game that had became dogged, and sure enough Slater provided.
Eighty-three minutes were on the clock when Slater found himself goal-side of the defence.
His first shot was saved by the goalkeeper but he made no mistake second time around as he stroked the ball into goal.
One moment stained what would have been a perfect day however - a controversial dismissal for Chris Latham.
He was booked despite pulling out of the challenge that was deemed a foul.
It was his second yellow card, as he was booked in the first half for appealing for a throw in.
The red card could see the talented midfielder miss the Guardian Cup Final.
Greenalls: Craid Clare, Paul Dobson, Gareth Johns, Jon Shakeshaft, Jack Hynes, Chris Latham, Lee Hughes, Mark Hughes, Craig Hoyland, Danny Wilcock, Danny Topping. Subs: Ben Slater, Mike Evans, Scott Owen.