Northwich Victoria 0 Avro 1

Northwich Victoria 0 Avro 1

A second half goal from Liam Ellis was enough to ensure that Avro started their season with a 1-0 victory away at Northwich Victoria.

Avro’s most recent visit to Wincham Park had been last August, when the two sides had played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. Almost exactly twelve months later, their starting eleven contained few survivors from that afternoon, with five players making their debuts; Grant Shenton in goal, Jack Worrall and Geffry Ebhote in defence, with Max Davidson and Adam Owen completing the quintet in midfield.

Despite Avro’s impressive preseason, it was the home side who started the game the better, having more possession and a higher intensity. And it was the Vic’s who came closest to opening the scoring, when an over hit cross from Ryan Winder forced Shenton to tip the ball over his own crossbar.

The home side did not stop there, as just six minutes later a corner flew through everyone to Matthew Birchall at the back post, but his powerful close range shot was stopped by a great save from Shenton at his near post. Moments later the big keeper could do nothing to stop an excellent effort from distance by Matthew Dudley, but the ball cannoned against his right hand post and to safety.

After a half hour had passed on the clock, the visiting side started to show more promising signs and in the 32nd minute Liam Ellis was brought down inside the box, only for the referee to wave away the penalty shouts.  Just five minutes before the break, a loose ball fell into the path of Michael Afuye but he just couldn’t keep his strike down as it flew over the crossbar. Neither side were therefore able to open the scoring before the break as the game remained goalless at half time.

Northwich Victoria started the second half better, just as they had done in the first, and just nine minutes after the restart, Ryan Jackson played a perfectly weighted cross into the feet of Birchall on the edge of the six yard box. However, again Shenton spread himself well to block the striker’s effort.

Just before the hour mark, it was Liam Ellis who broke the deadlock as he followed up a goal line clearance from Vic’s defender Alex Bennett and smashed the ball into the net to give the visitors the lead.

The home side pushed hard but failed to create any clear cut opportunities, and in the 88th minute Kane Wallwork was inches away from doubling the lead, when he drove forward from his now customary left back position before firing his shot against the underside of the bar.

So a hard-fought and hugely satisfying victory for Avro means that they start their season in the best possible fashion, and attention now turns to their Tuesday night fixture at Winsford United, where they will be looking to make it two wins out of two against a side who did the double over them last season.

 

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