Greens prevail against Evo-Stik side
By Joe Dutton
1874 Northwich beat Clitheroe in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round, after Jake Parker netted the winning goal in a 2-1 victory at a rainy Shawbridge Stadium.
1874 began the game on the front foot and after left back Matthew Russell was fouled just outside the Clitheroe box, the visitors took the lead through captain Matthew Woolley, as he connected with the cross from the free kick, putting the ball past Connor King at his near right-hand post after four minutes.
Midfielder Mark Jones replaced the injured Russell, with Jones making his first appearance of the new season having served a three match ban prior to this match.
As the rain continued to pour in the Lancashire town, 1874 kept plugging away, looking to extend their one goal lead.
The best chance of the first half came towards the end for Northwich, after Lee Jackson produced a cross from the left, which Scott McGowan put narrowly wide of the left post.
As the second half began, Clitheroe started to up the tempo in their play, showing a lot more sense of urgency having got off to a bad start in the first half.
With an hour gone on the clock, Clitheroe’s Jordan Darr put in a cross from the left, which former Burscough player Terry Cummings collected unmarked in the box, to then curve the ball low with his right foot past Nicholas Ward’s left to level matters.
1874 looked to answer back and around five minutes later, it would be McGowan again in the thick of the action, this time firing a shot across the face of goal from the right, after being played through by midfielder Mike Koral.
As the clock approached the 70th minute mark, 1874 managed to create an opening after Clitheroe’s defence got caught out.
McGowan collected the ball to calmly send it in behind for Harry Cain to run on to, who played the ball across for Parker to tap in for 2-1.
A brilliant move, finished off by a player on hot form for his side at the moment, after scoring a brace that included a 30-yard wonder strike against rivals Winsford United last Tuesday at Townfield Lane.
A chance came for the visitors to extend their lead after Clitheroe gave the ball away around the half way line, from which 1874 broke with both midfielders Sam Hare and Parker working well, the latter firing a shot from the edge of box, which King managed to palm away to his left.
With a little over ten minutes to play, Clitheroe pushed forward for the equaliser.
Right-back Jacob Gregory attacked 1874’s left, and after dragging back the ball across the box, substitute Jack Price fired towards goal, which needed a fine stop by Ward.
That was the best chance the home side had in the remaining 15 minutes of the game.
1874 managed to see out the tie, much to the delight of the large following of supporters, who can be happy that the side got one step further than last season.
Following this victory, 1874 will receive £2,250 for making the next round and have been rewarded with a home tie against South Yorkshire side Handsworth Parramore, which is scheduled to take place for Saturday 24th August.
|Sat 10 Aug 2019||3:00 pm||F.A. Cup||2019/20||386|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|
|#||Player||Yellow Cards||Red Cards||Goals|
|3||Matt Russell 16||0||0||0|
|6||Jake Parker||0||0||1 (70')|
|7||Mike Koral 12||0||0||0|
|8||Matt Woolley||0||0||1 (6')|
|11||Taylor Kennerley 15||0||0||0|
|12||Lee Knight 7||0||0||0|
|15||Harry Cain 11||0||0||0|
|16||Mark Jones 3||0||0||0|
KO 5 6 63 70 84 FT
|Referee||Assistant Referee 1||Assistant Referee 2|
|Luis Griffiths||Callum Jones||Phillip Dean|