Congleton Town vs team: match Preview

Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes

Arron Johns’ second half header extended Congleton Town’s unbeaten streak to seven games.

Padiham welcomed The Bears to The Ruby Civil Arena less than 48 hours on from Richard Duffy’s side’s victory away at Lower Breck.

Similarly to Thursday, it was a nightmare start for Congleton who fell behind within ten minutes to a towering header from Kieran Sherlock.

Jon Beaumont very nearly brought The Bears back level instantly, but the midfielder’s looping header crashed off the post.

Congleton continued to knock on the door searching for an equaliser and despite efforts from Ryan Read and a marginal miss from Tom Hampton, The Bears remained behind at the interval.

Congleton came flying out of the traps after the break and were rewarded within moments of the second half kicking off.

The introduction of the Tom Pope at half-time proved its worth as the striker picked out Johns who headed home from seven yards out.

The Bears seeked a winner but the woodwork came to Padiham’s rescue once more as Tom Pope saw a vicious effort bounce back off the post with Tom Hampton firing the rebound wide from a matter of yards out.

Hampton thought he’d won it at the death as the striker latched onto a Pete Williams corner, but ultimately saw his effort cleared off the line.

The Bears will now turn their attention to Tuesday night as they travel to Barnoldswick for another NWCFL Premier Division clash.