By Andy Jones – Reporter
Super sub Michael Oyefeso scored the winning goal as the men’s football 4th team began their season with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Chester 2nd’s.
The striker met a perfect delivery from Mark Broome to slot home the winner with five minutes remaining to hand UCLan all three points to begin their league campaign.
Chester had opened the scoring through Curtis Pryday on 25 minutes as last season’s Division 6A league winners looked to make a mark in their new league.
Captain Liam Vickery levelled the scoring midway through the second half as his deflected effort nestled in the bottom corner leaving the Chester goalkeeper stranded.
The first half was a cagey affair with neither side managing to gain control of the game.
Chester forced goalkeeper Callum Chambers into action early on before a golden opportunity arose for Alex Rose but he fired over.
UCLan were denied many clear cut opportunities and their strikes from outside the area failed to truly test the Chester shot stopper, Ryan Mann.
The second half was much improved from UCLan as they began to dominate and create more chances going forward.
Jack Howarth’s dazzling run saw him glide past three Chester defenders before his rasping effort was tipped brilliantly onto the post by the away side’s goalkeeper.
The warning signs where there and two minutes later the goal UCLan were craving arrived.
A Jack Price free-kick caused panic in the Chester area with the ball eventually falling to Liam Vickery who fired into the bottom corner to level the score at 1-1.
The momentum was with the home side and chances continued to come.
First, Esperant Cadito struck the post before Michael Oyefeso was sent through after more magnificent play from Howarth but he couldn’t find the target.
Chester weren’t without chances either and with less than 10 minutes remaining UCLan goalkeeper Callum Charlton produced a fine stop to deny their number 9.
The game looked to be heading for a draw before Oyefeso popped up at the back post to make sure UCLan 4th team began their season with a victory.
Captain Vickery was delighted with the result, he said: “I’m buzzing to be honest. It was hard first half with a lot of new players playing together. We had some good moments and got an unlucky goal against us but it was great to get the win in the end.”