ANOTHER LATE SHOW SEES 1874 MOTOR THROUGH
BY GARRY CLARKE
VAUXHALL MOTORS 4-5 1874 NORTHWICH (after extra time, 90 min 4-4)
FA VASE 1ST QUAL ROUND 9TH SEPT 2017
They don’t like doing things the easy way!
1874 Northwich’s habit of scoring late goals in cup ties saw them come from behind to win a nine goal thriller at Vauxhall Motors. Having raced into a two goal lead inside twenty minutes they equalised in the 85th minute to rescue their Build Base FA Vase first qualifying round tie and take it into extra time.
Eighteen minutes of extra time had elapsed when Kazim Waite-Jackson floated a free kick from the right flank into the Vauxhall Penalty area where it was met at the far post by Jack Pritchard. His firm header powered its way through the hands of Vauxhall goalkeeper Zac Kechil for the winning goal.
1874 went on the attack from the kick off getting into their opponents penalty area several times in the opening minutes without getting a clear site of goal until full back Andy Harper charged down a cross with his arm. Adam Whitlock drilled the resultant penalty kick past Kechil to open the scoring in the 9th minute.
Kechil blocked a Taylor Kennerley shot and Danny Meadowcroft headed over the bar before Jake Parker doubled 1874’s advantage in the 19th minute. Paul Connor ended a driving run into the heart of Vauxhall’s defence with a shot which was blocked, after bouncing off several players the ball landed at the feet of Parker who forced the it into the net,.
The home side who had been restricted to shooting from distance in the opening period pulled a goal back in the 21st minute. David Maher launched a long range free kick into the 1874 penalty area which flew over Greg Hall’s outstretched hand into the back of the net.
Unbeaten in the West Cheshire League this season, Vauxhall Motors were level in the 36th minute. The ball was chipped over the 1874 backline into the path of Alex Griffiths who drew Hall to one side of the six yard box before slipping a square pass to Ryan Knightingale who slotted the ball home with Hall scrambling back across his goal.
Both teams were denied the opportunity to go into the half time break in front by Hall and Kechil who both cut out dangerous crosses with attackers closing in minutes before the whistle.
Kechil was called into action in the first minute of the second half; he saved Kyle Riley’s shot from the edge of the area and followed up with a brave block at the feet of Whitlock after he had fumbled the ball.
A minute later Hall dived full length to cut out a dangerous low cross. Vauxhall started to gain the upper hand and took the lead in the 56th minute. 1874 failed to deal with a long diagonal ball played into their area allowing it to fall to Knightingale who slammed the ball into the net.
The home side increased their lead on the hour mark when Rob Newman converted from the penalty spot after Meadowcroft had been adjudged to have tripped an opponent when trying to clear the ball.
Stung into action, 1874 went all out to get back into the game. Kechil was forced to save from Riley, Parker, Ben Woods and Sam Hind in quick succession. Clevon Beadle saw a shot defected wide while Matt Woolley scooped the ball over the bar and other attacks were thwarted by desperate defending.
With Vauxhall Motors sensing a giant killing was in the offing, Waite-Jackson struck twice within ten minutes to send the tie into extra time.
In the 75th minute he played a ball from distance into the Vauxhall penalty area which found its way through to Kechil. The Vauxhall custodian let the ball slip through his grasp and allowed it to enter the net through his legs.
In the 85th minute, as Vauxhall tried to clear their lines he latched onto a loose ball and from the edge of the area drove it through a bunch of defenders into the back of the net.
Play switched from end to end in extra time as both team’s searched for a rout into the second qualifying round and a home tie with Congleton Town. Pritchard’s 108th minute header settled the tie.
In the final minute of an entertaining game, Vauxhall’s Alan Morley was sent off having received a second yellow card after the referee spotted an infringement as 1874 scrambled the ball out of a packed penalty area.
VAUXHALL – Kechil, Harper, Grant (Brabin ht), Edwards (Wareing 75), Byrne, Morley, Griffiths (Davies 58), Maher, Newman, Nightingale, Brandon. Subs not used Naisby, Stinton.
1874 – Hall, Connor (Beadle 62), L Jackson, Pritchard, Meadowcroft, Parker, Whitlock (Waite-Jackson 55), M Woolley, Riley, Hind, Kennerley (Woods 63). Subs not used Lever, Clayton.
GOALS VM – Knightingale 36,56 Maher 21, Newman 60p
1874 – Waite-Jackson 75,85 Whitlock 9p, Parker 19, Pritchard 108
ATTENDANCE 129 REFEREE P Brown
|Sat 9 Sep 2017||3:00 pm||F.A. Vase||2017/18||129|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|
|Referee||Assistant Referee 1||Assistant Referee 2|
|Peter Brown||Kevin Jones||Thomas Cassidy|
KO 9 19 55 60 65 65 76 84 92 108 118 FT