Winsford United 0 Avro 3

Winsford United 0 Avro 3

Second half goals from Max Davidson and debutant Callum Mahoney were enough to ensure that Avro continued their season successfully, with a second victory on the road as they comfortably saw off Winsford United.

Manager Alex Frost made just one change to the side which had won 1-0 at the weekend at Northwich Victoria, giving a debut to new signing Ethan Sutcliffe as he replaced the injured Liam Ellis.

The visitors started just as they finished in the previous fixture, energetic and lively. In the 18th minute Sutcliffe broke free from Winsford’s defence to latch onto a well weighted through ball by Adam Owen, but his low driven shot went just wide of the bottom right corner. It was then Sutcliffe again who came closest to opening the deadlock when in the 29th minute Michael Afuye reacted quickly, pouncing on a loose ball and playing the Avro forward through on goal from where he calmly slotted his shot past the goalkeeper, but unfortunately he was denied a debut goal by the assistant referee’s offside flag.

A controlled first half by the away side was almost complete when eight minutes before the break, Afuye twisted and turned before smashing a low shot past Hamlett, his acrobatic celebration the perfect finish to a great goal.

Just minutes after the celebrations had ended, Kane Wallwork played a perfect long ball down the left hand side for Sutcliffe. A big touch took it past defender Dylan McMahon and caused a collision with Hamlett, but for the second consecutive game, the referee waved away the penalty shouts.

After the break, there was no time to draw breath before Max Davidson’s powerful shot from outside the area was too much for Hamlett, who parried it but could not stop the ball crossing the line, giving Avro their second of the game.

In the 50th minute, Sutcliffe’s impressive first appearance for the Ro’s came to an end as he was replaced by fellow debutant, Callum Mahoney. And just after the hour mark, Mahoney managed to grab himself a debut goal when Geffry Ebhote headed the ball back across the six yard box for Mahoney to bundle home from close range.

In the dying embers of the game, Joe Rathbone’s well placed corner landed on brother Sam’s head, but the ball flew over the crossbar.

So a dominant display and well deserved victory for Avro means that they have started their away campaign perfectly with two wins and sit second place in the table at this very early stage of the campaign. Attention now turns to Saturday’s FA cup fixture at the Vestacare against Irlam, where they will be looking to make it through to the next round against a side who most recently beat them 2-1 at the RG3 Digital Stadium in February.

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