Wilson’s strike hands United derby honours

Jordan Wilson and Daniel Morris in action
Jordan Wilson and Daniel Morris in action

Coppull United extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a derby-day victory over Euxton Villa.

Villa had taken the lead through Dan Birkby but Coppull replied with two quick goals from Ryan Salmon and Jordan Wilson.

The 2-1 victory was a tad generous to United as Euxton bombarded Gavin King’s goal in the first and second half.

But King, who impressed throughout the 90 minutes, stood firm.

In the first of the early

kick-offs due to the clocks going back, Coppull had a chance to take the lead inside 30 seconds.

Byron Andrew looked to pick out goalkeeper Shaun Gibbs with a back pass but he could only find Salmon.

He raced towards goal but a flurry of orange shirts sprinted back and he dragged his shot straight at Gibbs.

Straight up at the other end, a long punt forward from Gibbs caught centre-back’s Dave Taylor and Tony Hartley out and Birkby was through on goal but he was superbly denied by the legs of King.

The wind howled across Blainscough Park with many fans looking for shelter.

Both sides had more chances before Euxton took the lead in unusual circumstances.

From a goal kick, Gibbs launched the ball forward, Birkby latched on to the ball only for the assistant referee to raise his flag.

The referee waved away the flag but the damage was done, as the Coppull back-line had stopped and Birkby was clean through on goal.

He hit an effort goalbound only to see his shot hit the under side of the bar after a fine King save, but Birkby was quickest to the follow up and he tapped home to give Villa the lead.

Coppull responded five minutes later.

A free-kick was whipped in at pace and on hand was Salmon, who was left unmarked and bundled the ball in past a helpless Gibbs.

And another five minutes later, Coppull took the lead.

Dave Haughton’s side dominated from set-pieces and a corner was swung in which Hartley met, his header clearly crossed the line, hitting the stanchion but the assistant failed to give it.

Fortunately, Wilson was on hand to tap in the rebound.

Villa had further chances to equalise, Birkby missing from two yards and Jordan Horner seeing his header saved.

The second half saw Coppull sit deeper and Villa have the majority of possession.

Gibbs was largely untested and King was the busier of the two goalkeepers.

Birkby again missed from inside the penalty box and the returning Dan Hogg saw his shot blocked.

As time ticked away, Euxton piled on the pressure but King claimed every high ball that entered his penalty box.

Coppull had a chance to seal the win late on but Thompson bravely blocked.

As the final whistle sounded, Euxton were left wondering how they failed to get something from the game.