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Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo
Sam Holden

NPL West Roundup: Bootle get first win in eight as Widnes struggle

1874 Northwich 2 - 0 Widnes

Crowd: 281

1874 Northwich grabbed their first win in five games courtesy of first-half goals from defenders Matt Woolley and Jack Marrow. Poor results have seen 1874 Northwich slip out of the play-offs in recent weeks but this win has moved them up to sixth just one point and one place off the fifth and final play-off spot. Since beating Ramsbottom two weeks ago Widnes have now lost three in a row and remain bottom of the table, six points from safety. Up next for 1874 Northwich is a tough trip to third placed Workington, while Widnes host play-off chasing Kidsgrove Athletic.

City of Liverpool 1 - 1 Witton Albion

Crowd: 341

City of Liverpool came within thirteen minutes of securing their first win in six games as they were held by Witton Albion at Berry Street Garage Stadium. City of Liverpool took the lead six minutes into the second half when John McGrath scored from the spot, but the Harry McGee ensured his side would be taking a point back to Staffordshire when he struck in the 77 th minute. The Purps are now above 19 th placed Ramsbottom on goal difference, while the point leaves Witton Albion only two points above the relegation play-off zone. City of Liverpool travel to 11 th placed Clitheroe on Tuesday, while Witton host 12 th placed Hanley Town next Saturday.

Glossop North End 0 - 3 Bootle

Crowd: 432

Bootle secured their first win in eight games with a comfortable away victory at Glossop North End which propelled them up to 14 th in the table and level on points with their Derbyshire opponents. After a goalless first half Bootle sprang to life with goals from Ben Hodgkinson and Jack McGowan inside the first seven minutes after the restart from, and Tom Peterson rounded off the win in the 82 nd minute. Bootle will hope to carry this momentum in their next game at home to Skelmersdale while Glossop travel to Clitheroe hoping not to be dragged even further into the relegation picture.

Hanley Town 0 – 1 Prescot Cables

Crowd: 193

Prescot Cables won their first game in five at Hanley Town thanks to a 71 st minute strike from forward John Murphy. Hanley Town have now played seven and lost seven at home this season, and the result leaves them 12 th , only three points above the relegation play-off zone. The overdue win for Prescot Cables leaves them in 8 th , only three points outside the play-offs. Cables host league leaders Macclesfield next, while Hanley travel to 15 th placed Witton Albion.

Kidsgrove Athletic 2 – 1 Clitheroe

Crowd: 189

Clitheroe are now four games without a win after this defeat at play-off rivals Kidgrove Athletic. Kidsgrove went into half-time 2-0 up thanks to a penalty from Lewis Bergin and a goal from defender Josh Thorpe. Cameron Lancaster pulled a goal back for Clitheroe just eight minutes into the second half, but it wasn’t to be. Clitheroe host City of Liverpool on Tuesday hoping to return to winning ways, while Kidsgrove are next in action next Saturday at bottom side Widnes.

Macclesfield 4 - 3 Mossley

Crowd: 3,765

A sensational end to the game at Moss Rose ensured Dave McNabb has now won all five of his games since taking charge. The Silkmen took the lead after 18 minutes through midfielder Mark Duffy, but Jack Grundy equalised for the visitors just six minutes later. Jordan Butterworth then put Mossley in front in the 58 th minute, and they led until Tom Clare claimed his first of the afternoon in the 86 th minute, sparking a crazy end to the game. Jack Banister made it 3-2 to Mossley in the 88 th minute, but in the 90 th minute Tom Clare sealed his brace and then exciting young forward Neil Kengni sealed the dramatic win and break Mossley hearts. The result means Macclesfield stay top of the league by four points, while Mossley are in the fifth and final play-off spot. Up next for Macclesfield is a trip to Runcorn Linnets on Tuesday, while Mossley host City of Liverpool next weekend.

Newcastle Town 0 - 2 Ramsbottom United

Crowd: 153

Ramsbottom won their first game in six and moved level of points with 18 th placed City of Liverpool as they overcame out-of-form Newcastle Town at the Lyme Valley stadium. Tony Donaldson opened the scoring after 44 minutes, while forward Henri Ogunby made it 2-0 on his debut just seven minutes into the second half. Newcastle Town are now 10 th , four points away from the play-offs, and have taken just four points from their last six games. Up next for Ramsbottom is a home game against fourth-placed Runcorn Linnets, while Newcastle Town travel to Trafford hoping to turn around this rotten run of form.

Skelmersdale United 1-2 Workington AFC

Crowd: 227

Workington made it three wins in a row with victory at Skelmersdale thanks to two first half goals from David Symington and midfielder Greg McGaragher. Taylor Prescott pulled a goal back for Skem in the 57 th minute but Workington held on for their fifth win of the campaign. The result leaves Workington in third, six points behind league leaders Macclesfield, while Skelmersdale fall to 16 th only two points outside of the relegation play-off zone. Up next for Workington is a home tie against play-off rivals 1874 Northwich, while Skelmersdale travel to Merseyside to face fellow relegation strugglers Bootle.

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