Church's Stock Rises as Market Fall
Church back to winning ways with an entertaining win against in-form Market Drayton.
Aiming to bounce back after the disappointment of the weekend’s FA Cup exit, Church took on a much improved Market Drayton side.
Having already notched up a 5-1 win in that FA Cup run, Church had high hopes as they played catch up with the sides around them in the league table, but the visitors were in good form, which made the after-game dismissal of their manager all the more ironic.
The game was end to end right from the start, with Church having the first clear chance on 4 minutes when Yates forced keeper Cohen into a save, turning the ball around the post.
An even better chance on 12 when Parsons latched onto a Turton corner, and his volleyed effort was touched over the bar by Cohen at full stretch.
But it was the visitors who made the first breakthrough after Cuff had run Church’s right flank ragged, and after the ball was worked across the box, a dink over the centre backs found Porter on had to volley home from 12 yards after the ball had come down nicely over his shoulder.
Church equalised ten minutes later when Ashmore set off on a thrusting forward run, and after exchanging a one-two on the edge of the box arrowed the ball into the top right hand corner with an unstoppable shot from just inside the area.
It could have been better five minutes later when Yates played Dubidat in, but his shot on the run was blocked for a corner. From the corner Dubidat’s goal bound effort strikes Yates and screws over the bar.
A spell of great pressure from Church who seem to have re-discovered their mojo.
And as the first half draws to a close it could have been a lead for Church to take into the break, after Yates chased down a through ball, laid it back for Dubidat, and his low drive is saved by Cohen at full stretch low down to his right.
Job down as it turns out just two minutes after the break after Ashmore rattles the Market Drayton post with an angled drive, and as the loose ball is worked back across the box by Ceesay, he picks out Bellis unmarked at the far post, and the Church captain sweeps the ball in from the edge of the box.
Chances at both ends follow, and keeper Evans plays his part in keeping the lead, before on 80 minutes March volleys against the foot of the visitors post with Cohen beaten.
A thoroughly engaging game, that Church shaded, and consolidated their position in the top eight of the Evostik South table, still with games in hand on teams immediately above them.