COMING UP THIS WEEK BY GARRY CLARKE
FA VASE – 1874 AWAY TO MORPETH TOWN – SATURDAY 21ST NOVEMBER
Not long now until this exciting match that everyone at 1874 is really looking forward to. As advised in last week’s Newsletter the team are travelling up on Friday afternoon so that they can really chill out and be at their very best come 3pm on Saturday.
Early indications suggest that there will be a healthy following of 1874 fans making the trip to cheer the lads on and we would like to remind everyone that
the supporters coach is now leaving at 9.00am from the Police Station .
It should also be noted that no alcohol is allowed on board the coach
GARRY CLARKE provides his usual preview for the Newsletter but this week it is packed with even more useful information to assist the 1874 Supporters
On Saturday 1874 Northwich FC make the long trek up to the North East to face Morpeth Town of the EBAC Northern League, kick off 3pm.
Morpeth Town play at Craik Park, Morpeth Common, NE61 2YX.
FA Vase results 2015/16
First qualifying round – home v Padiham won 4-1 (attendance 136 )
Second qualifying round – away v Billingham Synthonia won 1-0
First round – away v West Didsbury & Chorlton won 5-4
Morpeth Town are currently top of the EBAC Northern League First Division table, 5 points ahead of second placed Shildon. Their league record this season is:
P W D L GF GA GD PTS
17 13 3 1 41 18 23 42
Last Saturday, under the watchful gaze of 1874 manager Ian Street, Morpeth Town won 1-0 in an EBAC Northern League game at Stockton & Norton Ancients scoring in stoppage time. This was their 10th game unbeaten in League and Cup since losing 2-0 at home to North Shields on 26th September.
At Craik Park Morpeth Town’s record this season, including cup ties, is
P W D L GF GA
11 9 1 1 28 12
Their 11 home games have attracted an average attendance of 263 (the 147th highest in non-league football). The highest attendance this season has been 342 for the visit of Seaham Red Star, while the lowest was 186 against Jarrow Roofing Bolden Community Association.
MORPETH THE TOWN AND THE CLUB
Morpeth is the county town of Northumberland lying on the River Wansbeck. In the 2011 census , the population of Morpeth was given as 14,017.The name literally means ‘murder path’, though the incident that gave rise to this grisly appellation is no longer known.
Morpeth grew up at an important crossing point of the Wansbeck. The town and the county’s history and culture are celebrated at the annual Northumbrian Gathering in April. Historical landmarks in the town include a free-standing 17th-century clock tower; a grand town hall, originally designed by Sir John Vanbrugh rebuilt 1869); Morpeth Chantry, a 13th-century chapel that now houses the town’s tourist information centre and Bagpipe Museum. Just above the town stands Morpeth Castle now operated by the Landmark Trust as holiday accommodation.
The A1 road provides a link to Edinburgh and Newcastle. Morpeth Railway Station has direct trains to London taking a little over three hours. Morpeth has what is reputed to be the severest curve on any main railway line in Britain which has been the scene of several train crashes over the years.
Morpeth Town Football Club was founded in 1894 following the amalgamation of Morpeth United and Morpeth FC. They played their home matches at Stobhill Cricket Field. They joined the Northern Football Alliance in the 1936/37 season. The club moved to Storey Park in 1954.
In the 1983/84 season they were the Northern Alliance champions. In 1994 the club moved to Craik Park and again won the Northern Alliance title and with it promotion to the Northern League Division Two for the 1994/95 season. The following season they were promoted to Division One as champions.
Morpeth Town play at Craik Park (capacity 1,000), at Morpeth Common. It has 100 seats in a small stand and is surrounded by a 400-metre cinder track. The track was built in 1972 and is still used for training by Morpeth Harriers Athletics Club, but not competitions.
Morpeth Town moved to the stadium in 1994 and named the stadium Craik Park after father and son W and R Craik who had served as club secretary between 1920 and 1985. Since then the club has built a covered stand, a new clubhouse, installed floodlights and erected a high fence around the ground
Known as the highwaymen, Morpeth Town’s traditional colours are amber and black.
WELLSTEAD APPLIES ICING TO BIRTHDAY CAKE BY GARRY CLARKE
1874 NORTHWICH 4-2 NELSON – NWCFL PREMIER -14TH NOVEMBER 2015
Born on the 15th November 2012, 1874 Northwich FC celebrated their 3rd birthday a day early by recording a first ever home win over Nelson.
As rain lashed across a sodden Barton Stadium pitch both sides cancelled each other out in the opening minutes before 1874 started to dominate. Nelson goalkeeper Callum Jakovlevs plucked a dangerous cross off the head of Matt Beadle, before in the 15th minute Beadle, under the challenge of a defender, shot inches wide. A few minutes later Stuart Wellstead rounded Jakovlevs only to shoot into the side netting from an acute angle.
1874 opened the scoring in the 20th minute when a corner from the left flew beyond the far post; Beadle recovered the ball, turned and crossed it into the six yard box for Mike Brandon to head home.
Ryan Mitchell twice went close to doubling 1874’s advantage in the closing minutes of the first half shooting narrowly wide after good play by Matty Ward and Paul Connor, before seeing a back header caught under the bar by Jakovlevs.
As did their hosts, Nelson worked hard throughout the game but found their efforts to get back into the game thwarted by a commanding 1847 defensive performance superbly marshaled by captain and man of the match Matt Woolley.
Brandon netted his second goal of the afternoon three minutes into the second half. Breaking from midfield he ran onto a through ball to slot it past Jakovlevs from 12 yards.
Three minutes later Nelson gained a foothold in the game. Mamoke Mkauna swooped onto a loose ball just inside the 1874 half and squirted a long rang shot around the advancing Matt Conkie to halve 1874’s advantage.
Minutes later Mkauna had a shot blocked and Adam Nuttall hit the rebound inches wide of the target as Nelson enjoyed their best spell of the game. The visitors drew level on the hour mark when Mitchell inadvertently turned the ball into his own net. As Nelson broke down field Mkauna played a cross field ball which Mitchell intercepted and diverted back towards Conkie, unfortunately the Northwich custodian slipped on the wet pitch and could only watch in horror as the ball rolled past him and into his net.
Against opponents who had won and drawn on their two previous visits to the Barton Stadium 1874 restored their lead in the 67th minute when Beadle sent Jakovlevs the wrong way from the penalty spot. As a free kick was floated towards the Nelson area, Beadle was pushed in the back prompting referee Andrew Cawtherley to award a free kick on the edge of the area until his assistant flagged to indicate the foul had taken place inside the area and a penalty was awarded.
In the final minutes of an entertaining game, Nelson committed men forward in search of an equalizer but in doing so left gaps at the back for 1874 to exploit on the break. Ward picked up a loose ball deep in his own half before running three quarters of the length of a heavy pitch before unleashing a left footed drive which only just cleared the bar. Moments later deep in stoppage time with Nelson on the attack, 1874 cleared the ball to Beadle who fed Wellstead, racing unchallenged from the half way line Wellstead calmly slotted the ball under Jakovlevs to seal a deserved victory in difficult conditions.
1874 – Conkie, Mitchell, James, Woolley, Thomas, Brandon, Connor, Kirk, Beadle, Ward, Wellstead. Subs not used – Haughton, Cawley, McNicholl, Farnworth, Tulloch.
NELSON – Jakovlevs, Azam, Bradley, Thompson, Lloyd, Taylor (Malone 82mins), Brierley, Sharples, Mkauna, Nuttall (Threlkeld 85mins), Cassidy (Thompson 78mins). Sub not used Charlesworth.
GOALS – 1874 Brandon 20,48 Beadle 67pen, Wellstead 93. NELSON Mkauna 50, OG 60
ATTENDANCE 238 REFEREE Andrew Cawtherley
Man of the Match selected by Match Sponsors R&M DEVELOPMENTS: Matt Woolley
Matt was presented with his award after the game by Sam on behalf of the Sponsors and Sam and Matt looked extremely happy with the occasion!
Update re Match Day funding after the Nelson game
50:50 Half Time Draw
The winning ticket number drawn was 15478 and the prize of £110 was claimed.
The time for the first goal was 20 minutes and the prize was claimed.
Back in Northwich Fund
The matchday collection raised £35.93, bringing the running total in the fund to £8,923
Another presentation by the NWCFL to 1874 Northwich FC
Following the recent presentation to Ian Street as the Premier Division’s Club of the month for October there was another photo opportunity just before the kick off against Nelson when the League’s Fixture secretary John Reid presented the Premier Division Player of the month award to Matty Beadle.
The Non-League Magazine
The November issue of The Non League, the monthly football magazine for supporters of North West non-league football, is available now at just £3.
Many people have already commented what an excellent publication this is as it covers so many sides at this level of football. Over the last few months we have continued to make the magazine available to purchase BUT
it was a “no brainer” for us to do this because the publishers offered the magazine to clubs on a “sale or return” basis which of course helps everyone APART from them.
As a result they have now had to change the way they do things not least because the task of getting sales numbers, all the admin and payments is just too heavy a load.
So going forward they have decided to sell the magazines to all Non-League clubs for £1 +p&p per copy. (Cost price to us)As the selling price remains at £3 it allows us to now make £2 per copy.The only downfall to this that we need to buy an amount that we think that we can sell (and obviously any that we have left unsold cannot be returned and therefore we may make a loss)
But we are certainly not put off by this. As already said it is an excellent magazine packed with stories so we won’t be put off but we will need our crystal ball to do a good job for us re the numbers we order.
Why not pre-order YOUR own copy of this magazine (and just we do for those of you who pre order your 1874 home programmes we will ensure that your copy is put to one side for you in our shop at the ground)
IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THIS MAGAZINE YET THEN PLEASE SEE PAM IN THE SHOP AND SHE WILL LET YOU HAVE A LOOK AT ONE
1874’s Under 21’s’ consolidate top spot
With the pitch being declared fit earlier in the morning U21 took on Egerton in a local derby at Moss Farm last Sunday. The teams had played out a 2-2 draw earlier in the season and today’s game turned out to be equally close.
With the team showing a number of changes from last week and a debutant in Rob Simpson 1874 Northwich started off the better side. Kennerley was the first to test the Egerton keeper with two long range shots before Simpson also fancied his chances shooting just wide. Kennerley went close again and although the keeper spilled the ball there was no one to follow up. The boggy pitch was not making tackling easy however that was no excuse for a lunging two footed tackle made by an Egerton defender that for some reason went unpunished. Then only 2 minutes later the same player was booked for another bad foul. Clare was the next 1874 player to test the goalkeeper although the weak shot didn’t do justice to the surging run that set up the chance. Following good play on the right Hoare put in a teasing cross which Barlow headed just wide from and just before half time Kennerley went close again. Half time came at 0-0 and 1874 had dominated Egerton however there was no goal to show for their hard work.
Five minutes into the second half Egerton had their first real chance with a free kick from outside the box. Heap was the latest to test the Egerton keeper before Watkins in the 1874 goal pulled out a remarkable save to keep the score at 0-0. Egerton were beginning to get more confident however their efforts were restricted to dead balls or long rage efforts, 1874’s defence standing firm. However with 20 minutes left 1874 got the goal their hard work deserved with Kennerley picking up the ball mid-way in the Egerton half and went on a mazy run beating three defenders before calmly slotting the ball past the keeper at the near post. Egerton nearly replied instantly, the post saving 1874 before Kennerley had one further chance with the keeper making a good save. 1874 were after the second goal which would of finished Egerton off, and forced a couple of corners that Rogerson whipped in but no one could capitalise on. The referee for some reason played 5 minutes of added time before blowing the final whistle, 1874 running out victors 1-0.
The result extends 1874’s lead at the top to 5 points with their nearest rivals Droylsden and West Kirby & Wasps playing out a 3-3 draw.
Team Watkins, C Hoare, Clare, Leah, Hill, Heap (c), Marsh, Barlow, Kennerley, Rogerson. Simpson subs McGhee and Pearson
Next up is first v second with Droylsden being the visitors
Email from Jo Rafferty – Mid Cheshire Foodbank
Just a quick note to say thank you for the huge food collection on Saturday. You will get a formal thank you from the office when we have weighed it in. We are just catching up on our Harvest Festival collections at the moment so it may not be until next week.
However I just wanted to pass on our thanks. MCFB could not provide the service it does without support like yours. Many thanks JO
Followed by an update from Phil Burgess:
I am pleased to advise that the weight of food delivered to the foodbank to date is 384.5KG. I have more to deliver soon so we should again be well over 400KG. We should be close to 900KG donated from 1874 in 2015. I will keep you posted on the final figure.
I would term it a FANtastic amount and would personally like to thank all who have again donated so generously.
NEW FIXTURE DATE
1874 NORTHWICH FC AWAY AT ABBEY HEY
TUESDAY 1st DECEMBER
Mid Cheshire Senior Cup Semi Final Draw
1874 Northwich FC v Barnton FC
Witton Albion FC v Northwich Victoria FC
Games to be played before 31st January 2016