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THE REVIEW - Matchweek Four

Updated: Nov 15, 2022

It was another exciting week with lots of goals and action during #MatchweekFour

ESPFA Cheshire (Runcorn Linnets) got back to winning ways with a 3-0 win over ESPFA Greater Manchester (Mossley AFC). Denison Ekhator got on the end of a deep cross to give the Linnets an early lead.

Hot shot Adam Moseley was played through and skilfully beat his man and slotted the ball in the far corner to extend his sides lead.

The game was put to bed soon after half time when Moseley again was played through and won the race against the onrushing goalkeeper to calmly finish and claim the three points for the home side.

ESPFA West Yorkshire (Ossett United) hosted ESPFA Lancashire (Skelmersdale United) hoping to get their first points of the season and they got off to the perfect start when Owen Gerrard gave the hosts the lead. The Reds' soon replied after the Sheepicorns' failed to clear their lines in their own box, Calvin Haddock turned and his finish crept in to the bottom corner to get his side back into the game.

Dominic Evans gave the visitors the lead going into the half time break with a cushioned header before Calvin Haddock sealed the points when his cross evaded everyone and found the bottom corner.

ESPFA West Yorkshire (Brighouse Town) were hoping for a better performance against ESPFA Cheshire (Witton Albion) after a heavy defeat in the return fixture in October and the hard work they have been putting in on the training pitch showed against the division leaders.

Taylor Kerrison's smart finish gave the leaders an early lead that was extended by Zach Billinge mid way through the first half. Harry Woodham got the first of his brace shortly after half time with a close range finish.

Casey Murthick showed fantastic strength and composure with a great finish to get the home side back into the game but Woodham put the game beyond doubt with his second and his teams fourth goal to maintain their 100% start to the season.

In the midlands division, ESPFA Derbyshire (Belper Town) cemented their position at the top of the table with a 3-1 victory at ESPFA Nottinghamshire (Carlton Town) thanks once again to a hat-trick by Ewan Sutherill.

The striker capitalised on a mistake at the back to pounce for his first goal of the day early on. Another composed finish gave him his second goal shortly after and good movement following a corner saw him finish with power to give him his concecutive hat-trick and the division leaders a commanding three goal advantage at the break.

Credit to the home side who came out in the second half with intent and got themselves back into the game on 55 minutes when Charlie Farmery's superb touch and finish on the edge of the box gave his side hope but Sutherill's finishing was the difference as the Nailers' held on for the three points.

Last season's champions ESPFA West Midlands (Rushall Olympic Amber) got back to winning ways with a convincing win at ESPFA Staffordshire (Stafford Town), the scene of their National championship success in May.

Josh Langley gave the visitors the lead after two minutes when his free kick confused the home defence and crept in. Mattaeus Morgan doubled the lead when the home side were caught playing out from the back and the striker took advantage to smash the ball home. Morgan's second was even more impressive with a long range effort from 25 yards.

ESPFA West Midlands (Rushall Olympic Amber) player of the half term Giovanni Lwando extended the lead before Caelan Booth-Jordan gave the home side hope on the stroke of half time.

Ellias Nianzou put the game beyond doubt with a close range finish after the break and further strikes from Pablo Padin Ahana and a header from Jack McDermott gave the visitors a commanding victory despite a second from Booth-Jordan who struck from 30 yards to reward the home side for their efforts with another goal.

In the final game of the day, ESPFA Derbyshire (Mickleover Black) travelled to ESPFA Derbyshire (Belper Town) and Chris Bitshuangu was again a menace for the oppositions defence.

The joint top goalscorer raced ahead and superbly finished to give the Derbyshire side the lead and doubled his tally and his teams with a finish inside the box not long after.

Second year student Kaylem Stacey was quickest to respond to a flick on and raced away to bring his side back into the game before Nehemie Israel restored his sides two goal lead with a free header from close range and that's how the scoreline stayed with a goalless second half to get the Blacks' back to winning ways.

League Tables after Matchweek Four

Post Match Interviews

Team of the Week - #MatchweekFour

Well done to all the students who were nominated by their coaches for this week’s edition of #TeamOfTheWeek and also a special mention to #ESPFADerbyshire student Chris Bitshuangu who's brace for ESPFA Derbyshire (Mickleover FC Black) got his side back to winning ways.

The Highlights Show

You can catch all the North and Midlands Division goals and match highlights in #MatchweekFour edition of The Highlights Show.

Team lineups (scroll left)

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