NORTH Premier Division leaders Oxton played Formby in an always close encounter.
Looking at past results, Formby would be seen as favourites to win, but with a poor season and Oxton remaining dominant, Oxton looked good for victory.
In the first half, Oxton looked like the side who would score first, however, as in previous weeks, they could not convert their chances and allowed Formby an opportunity to get a foothold in the game. Formby had a couple chances to score from short corners which went begging. Formby nearly broke through with their opening goal, but the ball hit a Formby foot in the process and as result, the goal was disallowed.
First half ended 0-0, with Formby having a few chances but Oxton looking the better side.
The second half saw Oxton coming out strongly, due to a stern talking to from their player/coach, and Welsh international goalkeeper, Lee Ible. Oxton’s defence distributed the ball well and found forwards on most occasions.
A short corner saw Oxton capitalise on the pressure they had put on Formby, with Ali Mackenzie dribbling past the Formby runner and slotting it into the bottom corner of the goal.
From the restart, Formby started to chase the game and force their way into the Oxton circle, but more often than not, to no avail, as forced balls and too much dribbling were seen off by the two Oxton centre backs.
On the occasions when Formby did penetrate the circle, two goals were nearly scored, with one chance being saved from point blank range by the Oxton keeper and the other being disallowed, once again for a foot foul by a Formby forward.
Formby lacked patience and were punished with a goal by Oxton forward Neil Worrall, where the ball broke free on the penalty spot and he pushed the ball home to secure another three points for Oxton.
The match ended 2-0 to Oxton, cementing their position at the top of the North Premier Division and for Formby, another loss, leaving them still in fear of relegation.