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74 PAY THE PENALTY
By Garry Clarke
 
RUNCORN TOWN 2-1 1874 NORTHWICH    HSL PREMIER              15TH SEPTEMEBER 2018
 
Fielding the same starting eleven which won on Tuesday 1874 Northwich paid the penalty for allowing hosts Runcorn Town to come from behind and claim all three points.
 
1874 started the game brightly forcing a series of corners; the first came in the 8thminute when a last ditch tackle by a Runcorn defender ended a weaving run into the Runcorn box by full back Jordan Tucker.
 
The second corner came three minutes later when a Scott McGowan free kick deflected off the defensive wall. From the corner the ball was propelled goal wards by McGowan for Runcorn keeper Adam Reid to pull off a good save.  
 
In the 16th minute a well worked corner between Joe Woolley and Taylor Kennerley allowed Woolley to deliver a cross into the Runcorn area which found Danny Thomas who stabbed the ball home from six yards.
 
Reid prevented 1874 have doubling their advantage with good saves from McGowan and Mark Jones before Ryan Cox glanced a header wide of the 1874 goal.
 
Playing a more direct style, the home side started to come more into the game and leveled the score in the 33rd minute. A corner delivered from the left found John Shaw unmarked at the far post where he, unchallenged, headed the ball into 1874’s net.
 
A few minutes later 1874 goalkeeper James Coates pulled off a flying save to palm away a Shaun Weaver shot.
 
Moments before half time McGowan ended an 1874 break by slotting the ball past Reid, although he had beaten the Runcorn defence he had not beat the linesman’s offside flag.
 
Despite a scrappy start to the second half, 1874 continued to enjoy most of the attacking play with Runcorn’s attacking options being limited.
 
In the opening minutes of the half Reid did well to pluck a Matt Russell cross out of the air in a packed penalty area,  while just before the hour mark McGowan scooped a shot over the bar following a good run down the left wing and cross by Kenerley.
 
Runcorn’s Jamie Menagh had a shot blocked before Paul McManus drilled the rebound wide while Callum Gardner fired wide of the target at the other end of the pitch.  Reid pulled off a good save at point blank range to deny Gardner before McGowan hit the rebound wide.
 
The game’s decisive moment arrived in the 75th minute. A long ball down field took a wicked bounce wrong footing Jack Pritchard, who as he turned trying to recover his position collided with Runcorn’s Stuart McDonald.
Referee Lewis Raper pointed to the penalty spot despite 1874 protests that contact was outside the area, after consulting with his assistant he confirmed his original decision.
 
McManus stepped up to smash the spot kick high into the top corner of the net.
 
RUNCORN – Reid, Turner, Carberry, Shaw, James, Thelwall, McManus, Waever, Menagh, Cox (Wainwright 85), McDonald (Wright 85).  Subs not used Herbert, McGregor, France.
 
1874 – Coates, Tucker, Russell, Pritchard, Thomas, Jones, J Woolley (Gardner 55), M Woolley (Wainthrop 55), McGowan, Freakes (Waite-Jackson 80), Kennerley. Subs not used Connor, Meadowcroft.
 
GOALS – Runcorn Shaw 33, McManus 77p                1874 – Thomas 16
 
ATTENDANCE 214                                           REFEREE Lewis Raper

Details

DateTimeLeagueSeasonAttendance
Sat 15 Sep 20183:00 pmHallmark Security League Premier2018/19214

Ground

Pavilions
Weston Point Expy, Runcorn WA7, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Runcorn Town112
1874 Northwich101

1874 Northwich

# PlayerYellow CardsRed CardsGoals
1James Coates000
2Jordan Tucker000
3Matt Russell1 (77')00
4Jack Pritchard000
5Danny Thomas001 (16')
6Mark Jones000
7Joe Woolley 16000
8Matt Woolley 17000
9Scott McGowan000
10Sam Freakes 15000
11Taylor Kennerley000
12Paul Connor000
14Dan Meadowcroft000
15Kazim Waite-Jackson 10000
16Callum Gardner 7000
17Josh Winthrop 8000

KO 16 55 77 78 81 FT

Officials

RefereeAssistant Referee 1Assistant Referee 2
Luis RaperPaul EllisSam Orritt