April 27th 1985


Home campaign comes to an embarrassing end

GREAT HARWOOD TOWN, whose promotion hopes finally bit the dust mainly because of their failure to win vital matches at the Showground, finished their home programme with an embarrassing home defeat against bottom-of-the-table Ellesmere Port.
The swirling wind and wintry showers made controlled football difficult and Ellesmere Port, looking for every point they can get in order to try and escape relegation, clearly set out their stall to win the match.
They scored an early goal, turning the ball home from close range in the eighth minute and contained Harwood well for the remainder of the match.
The visitors battled well and Harwood, whose home form since the turn of the year has been generally very poor, just couldn’t get their act together.
The woodwork denied them an equaliser, however, when leading scorer Phil Greenhalgh hit the post late in the first half.
In the second half, chances were few and far between at either end with the visitors content to hold onto their narrow lead and Harwood failing to create anything really notable.

Harwood’s line-up:

Maher, Vercoe, Dobson, Martin, Morant, Nugent, Foy, Burton, Eastwood, Walker, Greenhalgh, (sub. Cocker 75 mins.)


August 10th 1985

‘Offside trap foils Harwood’


GREAT Harwood Town gained a valuable away point from this opening fixture of the season away on the Wirral.
In a game in which the defences of both sides were always on top, the two best chances fell to Town’s forwards.
A quarter of an hour into the game, Stuart Lally beat the offside trap operated by the home side defence and shot narrowly wide.
Then, in the 35th minute, new signing John Blackburn nearly marked his debut with a goal when a well-struck right foot shot hit the underside of the crossbar and came back into play.
Throughout the game, Town’s forwards were constantly frustrated by the reliance of the offside trap by the home defence.
At the other end the Great Harwood defenders were hardly troubled by the Ellesmere Port attack, with goalkeeper Dave Mottershead looking very sound on his debut.
Although the game itself was unspectacular, Town manager Malcolm Darling will have learned a great deal about his squad.
The entire defence looked rock solid and totally dependable, although at times the Town forward line seemed to lack the penetration needed to break down the home defence.

The Harwood side was :

Mottershead, Vercoe, Martin, O’Brian, Benko, Foy, Moran, Blackburn, Ashcroft, Walker, Lally, Sub. Astin.

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