1874 went into Saturdays FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round knowing they would have to pull off one of the best performances in the club’s history to beat Bet Victor Premier League Leaders Whitby Town but narrowly fell short.
On paper the greens were at a disadvantage before the game had even begun with the notable absences of defenders Sam Hind and Mark Jones. This saw the forced change of Matty Russell slotting in at right back and Under 21 prospect Bobby Turner making his full debut.
The game began with 2 good opportunities for 74 through Scott McGowan who’s shot from a tight angle was stopped by the in-form stopper Bland who also denied Mike Koral whose effort from point blank range was tipped round the post.
Soon after 1874 were made to pay the price of not taking the earlier chances as they fell a goal down. A misplaced pass from Jack Tinning bobbled awkwardly Infront of the debutant Bobby Turner who’s sliced clearance found Matty Dixon and his ball to teammate Brad Fewster converted past Tony Aghayere.
The remainder of the half played out in a similar fashion as only a sloppy mistake separated the 2 sides going into the break. 1874 started the sharper of the 2 sides playing some good football but unable to capitalise on the early chances which the Seasiders did.
The start of the second half saw an attacking change as Harry Cain replaced Jack Tinning as 1874 looked to put pressure on the side from 2 leagues above.
The half followed a similar narrative to the first as 1874 were applying pressure to the Seasiders dominating the game but failing to create any clear cut opportunities in the final third. This is credit to the superb defensive work by the Whitby back 5 who put their bodies on the line against a surgent 74 attack.
The Greens will have felt hard done by after a penalty claim was turned down after Scott McGowan went down in the area with what looked like a push in the back. The longer the game went on, the harder it became. The influence of Nathan Okome brought a new creative outlook in the final 10 minutes and he nearly secured an equaliser as his first-time effort went over the bar from 25 yards out.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for 1874, who bowed out to a very workman like Whitby side. In all truth it felt like the better side had come away with the loss today but it was an excellent performance that everyone in Green can be proud of.
|Sat 21 Sep 2019||3:00 pm||F.A. Cup||2019/20||357|
|Offside Trust Stadium|
|40-42 Townfield Ln, Barnton, Northwich CW8 4LJ, UK|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|
|#||Player||Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Goals|
|3||Jack Tinning 16||0||0||0|
|9||Scott McGowan||1 (67')||0||0|
|10||Sam Hare 14||0||0||0|
|11||Lee Knight 15||0||0||0|
|14||Nathan Okome 10||0||0||0|
|16||Harry Cain 3||0||0||0|
|15||Taylor Kennerley 11||0||0||0|
|Referee||Assistant Referee 1||Assistant Referee 2|
|Oliver Noonan||Jonathan Wyatt||Matthew O’Shea|