Appleton Slips to First Defeat
The college slipped to their first defeat of the season with a 2-0 loss to a skillful Sandbach side recently.
Appleton conceded an early goal with a low finish past Pickering, not helped by the muddy conditions on the pitch. Appleton got back into the game and could have drawn level through Cooper but for a great save by the opposition keeper. Sandbach’s second goal was pure class – a rocket into the top corner. Half time saw changes for Appleton, with Coogan, Williams and Redman all coming on for their debuts. Appleton had chances in the second half with Mallinder having a ferocious header cleared off the line and Charlie Mercer forcing a stunning point blank save by the keeper. Appleton drew in the best attendance of the season with over ten onlookers. Appleton College captain Mallinder and Assistant Manager Joe McClelland said “it was bitterly disappointing loss, we played well, especially in the second half. We need to capitalise on good chances and pick ourselves up for the next crucial league match”.