Saturday afternoon was another frustrating one for Stephen Howson and his Stretford Paddock side. In a repeat of last weeks result, the hosts, Newton-Le-Willows hammered 4 past Paddock to leave the visitors on 4 points in an as many matches.
It was 30°C at kick off but the opening stages of the game suggested otherwise. The match opened with plenty of intensity from both sides, the heat didn’t bother the players. Stretford Paddock looked bright in the opening phases of the match and it was evident to see that the return of Kayode Adewale and Dom Molloy in midfield, restored some solidity into the side.
Paddock almost concluded their dominant start with a goal as Ronaldo Brown used some quick footwork to beat two men and draw a foul. A rocket of a free kick from Dom Molloy tested the Newton-Le-Willows keeper but he parried it wide of the post.
Newton-Le-Willows’ fighting spirit was there for all to see but a more physical Paddock midfield, unlike last week, allowed the Reds to match the home teams fight. Balls from all areas of the pitch into the the attacking trio of Jones, de Andrade and Brown were giving Paddock a real sniff.
In the 39th minute, Paddock took a real blow. Newtons-Le-Willows’ first chance of the game was clinical. A cross along the floor is not dealt with by Paddock and the striker nicely slotted the ball into the bottom corner – 1-0.
Stretford Paddock responded instantaneously. A perfect ball over the top from Adewale is helped goal wards by Joao de Andrade. Unfortunately for the visitors, the ball narrowly sailed over the bar.
They say the best time to score is just before half time and that’s exactly what Newton-Le-Willows did. A great pass from the number 10 is slotted in behind the Paddock back line. The Newton-Le-Willows striker does very well to get his body into a position to hammer the ball home. A proper number 9’s goal.
HT: Newton-Le-Willows 2-0 Stretford Paddock
The second half started in a similar manner to the first; with great intensity. Despite this, the game remained quiet until the 68th minute. An edge of the D shot that was dragged wide by Dom Molloy was the only real bit of action to write home about. In the 68th minute however, Newton-Le-Willows put the game to bed. A long range shot from the left side of the pitch found the back of the net after with the aid of a slight deflection.
The 3rd goal was a dagger to the heart of Stretford Paddock. A final role of the dice to get back into the game involved putting Midfielder, Kayode Adewale up front and bringing on Coleman and Jan to freshen up ideas. There were some bright sparks from these changes however, the overall impact came too late.
In the final phases of the game, Newton-Le-Willows drew the curtain closed with a wonder strike. The midfielder volleyed the ball past Paddock keeper, Gimenez and into the back of the net – just skimming the underside of the crossbar.
FT: Newton-Le-Willows 4-0 Stretford Paddock
Stretford Paddock: Victor Gimenez, James Oatt (84′, Thomas MacFarlane), Ryan Pickering (84′, Ezequiel Paulo Incaque), Michael Burke (89′, James Oatt), Omar Sinclair, Nosa Iyamu, Dom Molloy (76′, Aftab Jan), Kayode Adewale, Ronaldo Brown, Joao de Andrade (76′ Joseph Coleman)
By Andre La Barbera