23 April 2012
Wigan and District Amateur League, Premier Division
Gidlow Athletic 1 Winstanley St Aidans 1 (att 30)
An entertaining game at Laithwaite Park in Wigan, within sight of the DW Stadium but about as basic a venue as you can get. There's eight pitches in all, although Gidlow did at least play on the one closest to the changing rooms.
The fixture was important to both sides, with Winstanley top of the table and Gidlow battling against relegation.
The visitors almost scored in the opening minute, denied by the the first in a series of good saves by home side's impressive keeper. Had they scored the outcome would probably have been different, but as the game wore on it became an enjoyably well-matched encounter.
An error by the Winstanley keeper, allowing a long range shot to pass him, put Gidlow ahead about 10 minutes before half time. They held out, under plenty of pressure while creating further chances of their own, until 10 minutes from the end of the game. The draw was a fair result.