1874 progress in Macron Cup
It took 63 minutes for 1874 Northwich to find a way through but it was more than worth the wait.
Joe Woolley, making his first start in green since returning to the club from Kidsgrove, swerved a perfectly- weighted cross from the left in Sam Hind’s direction.
His fellow attacker could not miss, heading into the net from close range.
In more ways than one it gave 1874’s supporters, who’d had precious little to cheer previously during a subdued performance, a glimpse into the future.
The duo combined for the hosts’ second goal, which was even higher quality.
Woolley skipped away from full-back Matthew Richardson at the start of a slalom that took him along the by-line before he nudged another inviting pass into Hind’s path.
Stationed closer to the target than last time, he again applied a finishing touch.
With those two contributions alone, the former Sir John Deane’s College student demonstrated exactly why Ian Street has been so keen to sign him for a second time.
His side has lacked a natural dribbler, and Woolley’s fearlessness with the ball at his feet will be an important weapon against opponents determined to defend deep.
In between, Blackpool – victors in only one of their 19 previous matches this season – had scored the goal their determined performance richly deserved.
Jack Williams, a tireless runner in their attack, steered a smart finish past 1874 goalkeeper Greg Hall to restore parity less than two minutes after Hind’s opener.
In fact, the Tangerines could be forgiven for feeling a tinge of regret when the final whistle went.
They almost equalised for a second time when Stephen Higgins, after Williams had fizzed the ball across the face of goal, jabbed a shot into the side-netting while sliding at full stretch.
Substitute Jack Woolley, who replaced younger sibling Joe, almost added to the home team’s advantage when his drive rattled a post late on.
It would have been a margin of victory 1874 did not deserve.
Street handed starts to Rick Bailey and Dougie Carroll, but they could not inject excitement into a flat first half.
Blackpool had glimpses of goal, notably when Williams fired off-target after intercepting Matthew Russell’s back-pass. At the other end Carroll’s driven attempt forced Callum Kirkland, the visitors’ goalkeeper, to scramble to his right to save.
That was in the 41st minute, and 1874 had created precious little until that moment.
Substitute Sam Hare stabbed wide early in the second period, then fellow replacement Tom Bailey’s header lacked power after Russell diverted Hare’s cross his way.
At 2-1, Chappell blazed wide a loose ball after Hare’s rasping shot stung Kirkland’s palms.
In the end, 1874 did enough and a place in the last 16 is theirs.
1874 |4-3-3 | Hall (GK), Lever, Mitchell, Thomas, Russell, Matthew Woolley, Rick Bailey (Hare 46), Chappell, Hind, Carroll (Tom Bailey 57), Joe Woolley (Jack Woolley 81) Subs not used McGowan, Jackson Goals Hind 63, 70
Blackpool | 4-2-3-1 | Kirkland (GK), Richardson, Taylor, Corbett, Shaw, Muscroft, Hulme (Bottomley 67), Charnley, Duffield, Higgins, Williams Subs not used none Goal Williams 65 Booked Shaw (foul)
Referee Dale Baines
|Fri 28 Oct 2016||8:00 pm||Macron Challenge Cup||2016/17|
|St Lukes Barton Stadium|
|The Barton Stadium, Wharton Rd, Winsford CW7 3AE, UK|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|
|#||Player||Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Goals|
|8||Rick Bailey 12||0||0||0|
|9||Dougie Carroll 14||0||0||0|
|10||Sam Hind 8||0||0||2 (63', 70')|
|11||Joe Woolley 16||0||0||0|
|12||Sam Hare 8||0||0||0|
|14||Tom Bailey 9||0||0||0|
|16||Jack Woolley 11||0||0||0|