Egerton FC 2-3 Pilkington FC
Cheshire League Division One, Saturday 10th March 2018
Pilks went back to the top of the Cheshire First Division with a 3-2 victory against third placed Egerton. With a team full of ex pro-footballers including Dean Gorre, JLloyd Samuel and Tru-Sox billionaire Jim Cherneski, Egerton’s quality was evident and they took control of the first quarter of this game.
Quick passing and quality possession meant Pilks struggled to get a foothold in the game and they found themselves 2-0 down within 30 minutes. After the second went in Pilks made changes and introduced Matty Taylor who seemed to spark some life into Pilks.
Five minutes later they had pulled one back. Danny Hughes won the ball and his pass to Luke Sephton was flicked onto the advancing Adam Dixon who returned the pass for Sephton to slot home.
Pilks were in the insurgency and started to press quicker to stop Egerton from playing. With four minutes of the half left Sephton drew the game level after Ian McBride had won the ball and slid him in for a cool finish.
With their tails up and Egerton on the ropes, Pilks struck again with a minute to go to half time. A cross-field ball from Rory Campbell was sublimely brought down by Taylor and his shot from an acute angle bounced off the post back to Dixon who finished well.
Half-time: Egerton FC 2-3 Pilkington FC
Egerton were rocked and it was Pilks who had more of the opening exchanges of the second half with Campbell hitting the post and missing a one-on-one. But Egerton grew back into it and they were forcing a few opportunities for themselves.
As the game entered the last 20 minutes there were horrific scenes as Pilk’s defender Mike Samson suddenly collapsed after what seemed an innocuous challenge. Alarming scenes ensued as Samson was kept confortable by both team’s physios before the paramedics arrived. Thankfully he suffered just a fractured bone in his face and was airlifted to hospital.
After an hours delay the game restarted and with the Pilks players a little shellshocked in what was difficult circumstances it was Egerton who had all the ball in these last twenty minutes. It took two outstanding saves from keeper Rob Cork to see Pilks over the line against the team with the most quality in the league.
Full-time: Egerton FC 2-3 Pilkington FC