North West Counties League Division One South

Eccleshall 2

FC Oswestry Town 0

AN AWAY trip to Eccleshall marked the end of what has been a season to remember for FC Oswestry Town.

Despite Eccleshall earning the victory on the final day of the season, Town will be proud after taking sixth place to record their highest league position at the new level.

A goal either side of half-time for the hosts gave them a comfortable lead which the Oswestry men were unable to find an answer to.

It was almost a dream start for Matt Burton’s men after Lewis Jarman came very close to opening the scoring.

Jarman’s effort looked destined for the net, however Alexander Nwachukwu was waiting on the line to clear the ball to safety for his team.

As the game approached the half-hour mark, a similar passage of play happened near the Eccleshall goal with a scramble in the goal-mouth and some last-ditch defending by the home side’s backline eventually saw an effort by Town fired over the crossbar.

The visitors were enjoying the lion’s share of possession, with further chances coming from Samuel Spridgeon and Louis Moss who both sent shots narrowly wide of the goal.

Despite the onslaught by Town, it was Eccleshall who opened the scoring through Daniel Needham who guided the ball past Mason Springthorpe to finish off a well-worked counter-attack.

The goal came at a great time for the hosts, who went in at the break with a one-goal advantage.

The sides returned to the pitch and Eccleshall looked to double their lead early on.

Needham went close again, but it was an unfortunate episode for Town which led to Eccleshall’s second goal.

A free-kick by Izaak Walsh was heading towards one side of the goal, but a big deflection off forward Thomas Wakefield diverted the free-kick past Springthorpe and doubled the hosts’ lead.

The visitors struggled to break down the Eccleshall defence and the game was comfortably won by the home team.

FC Oswestry Town finish an impressive season in sixth place, sitting just 10 points behind second place, and 17 points behind first.