The side was unchanged from the starting eleven that lined up against Colne a week earlier in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round, giving 4 players their home debuts.
74′ had early shouts for a penalty turned down by referee Peter Brown; Fenton Green found a way around Prescot fullback Matthew Devine only to end up on the deck when advancing on goal.
The first half was uneventful. Disrupted by a water break half way through and multiple late soft fouls as the players were having to deal with the sweltering heat, neither side rarely got out of first gear.
The first meaningful effort of the game came almost instantly from the restart, Joe Woolley latched on to a through ball from Mackenzie O’Neill and drove his effort to the left of Mitchell Allen who produced a fine stop.
Adam Hammill forced debutant keeper Ellis Allen in to his first save of the game as the visiting winger drove an effort in to the gloves of Allen from inside the area.
The game was now beginning to open up. Fenton Green met Liam Buckley’s cross with a strong header which was saved and held well.
After the games second water break, 74 looked to take the game more to the visitors, Kenzy O’Neill driving inside from his left-wing position had a powerful shot blocked by Prescot captain Liam Hollett.
A scare for 74 came with 15 minutes remaining, James Foley crashed an effort off the crossbar but the linesman’s flag was up.
The game now was open, both sides in end-to-end action, both defences still holding firm producing a number of good blocks. However, the clearest chance for the visitors came with 5 minutes remaining, James Hammill was released in behind, his low shot was saved by Ellis Allen who came flying out of his net to spread himself and save brilliantly.
Buoyed by Allen’s save, 74 took initiative to try find a winner of their own. Sam Adetiloye on his debut after joining from Widnes, showed the home support what he can bring to the side, his touch to deceive his first marker, then to turn another and get a thumping shot away which brought a great reaction save out of Mitchell Allen in the Cables goal was the closest we would come to taking the 3 points.
There was to be one last chance, a tired swing of a leg from Jack Irlam who put in a huge shift in midfield had Allen on his toes to claim his hooked volley well.
A tough and even contest was brought to a close after 6 minutes of added time much to the relief of everyone at Townfield who braved the intense heat. A trip to Staffordshire on Tuesday night was next for 74′ who make the short trip to Kidsgrove Athletic.
|Sat 13 Aug 2022
|NPL Div One West
|Assistant Referee 1
|Assistant Referee 2
KO 31 53 71 71 FT