Three goals in the space of seven second half minutes eventually helped Prescot Cables to claim their third successive victory, but the win was marred by a double leg break suffered by Market Drayton Town’s Stefan Walker late in the match.
Backed by an impressive attendance of 402 – the third highest at Step 4 in the country on the day – Prescot dominated the match but were frequently frustrated by the doughty defending of the Gingerbread Men. The visiting goalkeeper, Ashley Rawlins, was in fine form and helped to keep the Pesky Bulls at bay until the closing stages of the match.
Cables made the breakthrough on 79 minutes when Chris Almond ran onto a through ball from James McCulloch and fired a left-footed shot high into Rawlins’ net from an acute angle.
Having secured a hard-earned lead, it took just four minutes for Prescot to double that advantage. Market Drayton bundled over Homson-Smith and Wynne in quick succession; the second foul led to a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. The set-piece was taken by Morgan Homson-Smith, whose shot deceived the wall and went underneath it, rolling into the far corner of the net.
The home side clinched the points almost directly from the restart. Chris Almond surged at the tiring Market Drayton defence and shot from distance. Although his shot was saved by Rawlins, the rebound fell nicely for Josh Klein-Davies, leaving the powerful forward with a straightforward finish.
The match ended on a low note following the injury to Stefan Walker, to whom everyone involved with Prescot Cables sends their best wishes for a speedy recovery.