Abbey Hey return to winning ways after victory over Eccleshall

Abbey Hey returned to winning ways after a 1-0 win over Eccleshall at the Abbey Stadium.

The home side started brightly and broke the deadlock after only four minutes. Forward Dylan Fitzgerald headed home a Dylan Norris free-kick from close-range beyond Aaron Woolrich to give Abbey a break-through in the game.

15 minutes later, Abbey nearly capitalised with another set piece opportunity on the right hand side which would once again find Fitzgerald, however it struck his lower body and was cleared away.

Terry Hincks’ and Chris Woods’ side did have opportunities before half-time to double their lead over the Staffordshire based side and went close through Luke Hincks, who’s fierce strike from range flew just over the bar.

Eccleshall threatened to cause problems in the final third and their only chance of the game came before half-time. Dane Smith dived low to his right to tip an effort from Luke Lewis out for a corner.

Abbey Hey went close to doubling their lead five minutes into the second half through Aaron Fleming. The captain, who had scored four goals in his last seven games was denied with a header off the line from a corner.

Further opportunities came for the home side came through defenders Joe Neild and Matty Grimshaw, but neither play could take their chance presented to them in front of goal.

Jordan Lazenbury also went close to finding a second goal for his side, which would have taken his goal tally to 24 for the season. Following a good run beyond the defensive line, he lobbed the ball over Woolrich from a tight angle, however the wind helped the ball roll off target and out of play.  

Abbey Hey held on for all three points, which saw them record their first league win in 2022.

They will travel to league leaders West Didsbury and Chorlton on Tuesday 8th February in their next game where they will look to get one over their local rivals.

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