Under 21s | 1874 Northwich F.C.

U21’s Trial Day Set For Saturday 3rd July

Have you played college football or U18s to a high level? Are you looking for a new challenge in a demanding and competitive U21 league?

Our Under 21 side will be hosting a trial day to recruit new, ambitious players, who are looking for an opportunity with a genuine pathway in to Non League.

The trial will take place on Saturday 3rd July, 10am-12pm at Winsford Academy.

To book your place please contact Joe with your name, age, and footballing background to 07460319675.

Under 21’s Reach League Cup Last Four

The restart of grassroots football meant that our Under 21’s side managed by Joe Lally have returned to action in the shape of the North West U’21s Development League Cup.

Speaking after last weekend’s narrow 1-0 victory over Runcorn Sports in the quarter final, Lally was delighted to make the final four.

He said: “We played really well against Ramsbottom, against Runcorn we struggled to break down a team with a negative game plan, but we’ve got through and that’s what matters.

“It’s been hard for us because we’ve lost a couple of lads and brought some new in too, so we’ve had to adapt in lots of ways.

“For some of these lads it’s their last opportunity to win a trophy so it’s important we keep working hard and I’m delighted for them that we’ve reached this far.

The Under 21’s side has gone from strength to strength over the past few seasons with several players making their mark in the first team and Joe accredited this down to the clear pathway they have developed alongside Wayne and Paul.

“The plan is to keep making the team a progressive experience, so they continue to develop and become closer to the first team.

“There has to be a pathway and if we didn’t have some of the players like Lucas Weir, Joe O’Brien and DJ then we might not have attained some of the quality we have.

“They’re great examples for the rest of the lads of what you can achieve, and they all represent the club superbly.

“We’ve got better players now than we have done in previous years so we’re able to play a better style of football.

“Our job is to make sure these players are as ready as they can be for first team football whether that be here or somewhere else.

The tournament has been played behind closed doors so far as per FA regulations, however Joe hopes they will have some fans supporting them should they progress this weekend in the semi-final.

“I hope we can have some support at our games soon.

“I know the Riff Raff have not been to a game in a while so it’s an opportunity for them to go out and watch a game of football and support the lads.

“There’s about six lads here who I think can genuinely look to be a part of the first team next season and that’s great for us and for them.

“We have others who we can look to send out to North West Counties clubs on dual registration so they can gain first team experience elsewhere which will benefit everyone.

With preparations already underway for next season, Joe added he is looking forward to working with the first team next year.

“I’m finishing my UEFA B licence and Yannick who has come in from UCFB has been a massive help as well.

“Wayne has spoken to me to about helping out with the first team next season so that will be huge for me.

“Under 21’s football is not about winning development leagues or getting trophies, its great if that happens, but primarily it is about preparing players for first team football.”

The Under 21’s semi-final clash vs St. Michaels DHFC takes place this Sunday and no supporters are allowed inside the 3G area due to Covid restrictions.

1874 u21’s return to winning ways against Rylands u21’s

1874 U21’s took on local rivals Rylands at Moss Farm on Sunday. With Rylands sitting just above 1874 in the table and the relegation zone just below, ’74 needed a win to boost their season.

1874 started brightly and took the game to Rylands and went 1 up after just 10 minutes through Jordan Henry Even though we were we controlling the game ’74 could not get the second goal that they deserved however bang on half time George Jones popped up to make it 2-0.

However Rylands came out strongly and took the game to 1874 and soon pulled one back. Panic seemed to set in in the 1874 defence and it was no shock when Rylands equalised. Credit to 1874 who stuck to their task and were rewarded with what turned out to be the winning goal following a smart finish from debutant Josh Winthrop.

Starting XI Ryan Millington, Callum Hoare, Dylan Wagner, Ethan Campbell, Owen Farrell, Aidan Mcgloin, Josh Winthrop, Declan Mcgloin, Dan Goodwin, George Jones and Jordan Henry subs used Joe Clark and Dan Giddins.

The win leaves 1874 in 8th position with 11 points from 12 games.

St Helens Town u21 2-0 1874 u21

1874 U21’s travelled over to St Helens last Sunday to take on St Helens Town U21’s.

With the teams only being separated by 4 points and having played the same number of games a close encounter was expected.

1874 had the better of the early encounters and after only 5 minutes had a great chance to take the lead when Jordan Henry failed to capitalise on a 1 v 1 against the St Helens keeper. With quarter of a hour gone Owen Farrell found space and let fly with a 30 yard shot which came back off the crossbar but Henry from 6 yards out put his header wide. Were 1874 going to be made to pay for missing these two chances, yes. Following a St Helens corner just before half time the ’74 defence cleared the first ball but it fell to an unmarked St Helens player whose shot which was going wide but then hit a defender and was deflected past Tom Cooksey in goal. Half time 1-0 to St Helens.

1874 came out attacking following the break. Jake Ratcliffe made a great run down the left wing, played a great ball across into the penalty spot, Joe Clark unmarked, got under the ball and scooped his shot over the bar. Both wingbacks were now causing St Helens problems Cal Hoare next providing a great ball into the back post but the ball was cleared for a corner. A further chance went begging with Clark unable to find the final touch in front of goal. 74’s final chance to try and grab an equaliser was when Declan Mcgloin went on a solo run got behind the defence forced the keeper to make a good save but there was no 1874 player to follow up. St Helens had been coping with the threat posed by 1874 and they got the second goal which killed off the game deep into added time. A St Helens midfielder was allowed to skip past three 1874 players and despite being held off managed to get a shot away which deflected off Farrell and looped over Cooksey’s head. Final score St Helens 2-0 1874.

1874 were the better side at 0-0 but having missed the two good chances which may have put St Helens out of sight the opposition went on to control the game and deserved their 2-0 victory.

Team Tom Cooksey, Ethan Campbell, Owen Farrell (c), Dan Goodwin, Callum Hoare, Jake Ratcliffe, Connor Arrowsmith, Hisham Jamil, Will Jones, Joe Clark and Jordan Henry. Subs Declan Mcgloin (replaced Henry at HT), unused Ryan Millington.

The loss leaves 1874 8th in the table with our next fixture this Sunday away at 4th placed Southport.

U21’s lose out at Burscough

The U21’s resumed their league campaign last Sunday at fellow NWCFL side Burscough.

With Burscough currently lying third in the league table a tough encounter was expected but with the sides having drawn earlier in the season 1874 had nothing to fear.

In an evenly contested first half 1874 recovered well from an early goal after 5 minutes to equalise through Aiden McGloin’s direct from free kick.

Half time 1-1. In what seems to be the story of 1874’s season so far a number of great chances were missed whereas Burscough took theirs and ran out 3-1 winners.

This result leaves 1874 8th in the table with 8 points from 10 games. This Sunday 1874 travel to St Helens who lie in 10th place four points behind so maybe a chance to gain some points?

Starting XI

Ryan Millington, Ethan Campbell, Owen Farrell, Dan Goodwin, Cal Hoare, Jake Ratcliffe, Hisham Jamil, Dan Giddins, Aidan McGloin, Will Jones, Chad Lowe. Subs were Tom Cooksey, Joe Clark and Jordan Henry.

Broadheath u21 3 – 2 1874 u21

1874 Northwich U21’s travelled over to Altrincham last Sunday afternoon to take on Broadheath Central a week after having hosted them in Northwich when the game finished 1-1.

With co 1st team manager Wayne Goodison in attendance it was a chance for the U21 lads to impress.

With Zac Whelan, Sam Ray and George Jones unavailable, Joran Henry and Dan Giddins who were both substitutes last weekend came in along with first teamer Jack Lever continuing his rehabilitation following his injury, making his debut in the U21’s .

On a 3g pitch 1874 started slowly and after 15 minutes fell behind following a poor back pass from the midfield which never reached the keeper and the Broadheath forward calmly rounded Millington and slotted home. There were a few more chances in the first half but 1874 went in to the break 1-0 down.

The lads must have had something in their half time drinks as within a minute of the re-start 1874 levelled following a lovely passing move which ended up with the keeper making a great save off Aidan Mcgloin and Chad Lowe pounced to tap in from close range.

10 minutes later 1874 deservedly took the lead with Aidan scoring direct from a free kick. However soon after Jack Lever received his second yellow card of the game meaning 1874 would play out the last half an hour with 10 men. Despite this we dominated possession but conceded unluckily when a speculative shot took a wicked deflection and looped over Tom Cooksey in net. 1874 still created chances but couldn’t find that elusive winner. We were made to pay as in injury time their keeper punted the ball up field, there was a mix up at the back allowing the ball to bounce in the box and with the keeper stranded, a Broadheath forward gleefully slotted the ball home into an empty net, 3-2.

Overall 1874 deserved a draw but were punished for not converting their chances and also by gifting the opposition with two goals from defensive errors.

The result leaves 1874 lying in 8th position with 8 points form 9 games. Our next three fixtures are away at Southport (who currently lie second) home to Stockport Town (4th) then away to Irlam (1st) so a tough few weeks ahead.


Ryan Millington, Callum Hoare, Ethan Campbell, Owen Farrell, Jack Lever, Aaron Clayton, Declan Mcgloin, Chad Lowe, Aidan Mcgloin, , Jordan Henry, Dan Giddins

Sub used Tom Cooksey, Jake Ratcliffe and Dylan Wagner.

Avro FC u21 2-0 1874 u21

It was more cup action last weekend when the U21’s travelled to Oldham to take on a side new to the North West development league structure this year, Avro FC in the League Challenge Cup.

In the absence of the usual management team of Josh and Alan Hoare, first team manager Wayne Goodison steeped in to take the reins for this one off occasion. The starting XI was subject to a number of late drop outs due to illness meaning the squad would be tested with only 12 players present.

On a 3g surface the opening exchanges were very even with both sides playing a great passing game with the first chance coming after half an hour when Avro hit the post from distance and the follow up from two yards was blasted over. Half time 0-0

5 minutes in to the second half Avro took the lead with a low drilled shot from the edge of the box. 5 minutes later 1874 were forced into using the one and only substitution available when Dan Goodwin couldn’t continue following a knock on his foot. Dan Giddins replaced him slotting in at an unfamiliar left back role.

A minute later Connor Arrowsmith was scythed down and from the resulting free kick Hisham Jamal’s shot was deflected for a corner. 1874 then lost the ball in midfield allowing Avro to break and their striker made no mistake slotting past Tom Cookson in goal. 1874 pressed for the goal that would bring them back into the game and created a couple but Jordan Henry’s free header was safely gathered by the keeper and Arrowsmith’s 25 yard drive hit the bar.

Virtually on 90 minutes following a ball into the box the ref awarded a penalty to 1874. No one seemed to know why and maybe justice was done as Henry stepped up and blasted over. Seconds later the ref blew for full time.

Despite a 2-0 loss the lads competed well against a well organised team with two centre backs who were outstanding.

Team was :

Tom Cookson, Dan Goodwin, George Jones, Dylan Wagner, Ethan Campbell, Hisham Jamil, Declan McGloin, Aaron Clayton, Will Jones, Connor Arrowsmith and Jordan Henry. Sub Daniel Giddins.

Thanks go to Wayne for stepping up to manage the lads and I think he enjoyed based on his tweet after the game……


U21’s still searching for elusive first win.

Rylands 5 – 4 1874 Northwich

By Garry Clarke

1874 Northwich under 21s came out on the wrong end of a nine goal thriller losing 5-4 at Rylands in the North West Development League.

Still searching for their first league win of the season, 1874 got off to a flying start at Gorsey Lane in Warrington going 2-0 up in the first ten minutes.

Good inter passing between Aaron Clayton and Jordan Henry set up Chad Lowe who fired home from the edge of the area in the 5th minute. Five minutes later Lowe turned provider delivering a cross from the right which Henry headed home.

Lowe went close to increasing 1874’s lead with a header from a corner in the 28th minute but was denied by a good save from Rylands’ keeper Dan Jennings.

Rylands pulled a goal back in the 30th minute through Jacob Stretch who slid in to force the ball home at the far post following a low cross from the left flank.

The home side drew level in the 42nd minute when Callum Burgess struck from the penalty spot after a team mate had been brought down by a clumsy challenge.

Rylands ended the first half in front thanks to a goal in the 45th minute by Kieran Evans who ran through the 1874 defence to slot the ball home.

After the break 1874 drew level in the 49th minute through Lowe, who applied the finishing touch to a Henry cross from close range.

1874 regained the lead in the 56th minute with the goal of the game. Clayton picked up the ball outside the area, embarked on a mesmerizing Messi like dribble through the Ryalnds area before coolly slotting the ball home.

Two goals in two minutes from substitute Jack Fitzsimmons settled the game in the host’s favour, although in the closing minutes 1874 had enough chances to have snatched what would have been a deserved point.

1874 – Millington, Hoare, Goodwin, Leah, Moore, Hodnett, Clayton, Johnstone, Arrowsmith, Henry, Lowe. Subs used Giddins, Jones, Grant. Subs not used Knight, Campbell.

Next Sunday (10th September) 1874 Northwich Under 21 team are away at West Kirby United. Kick off against the league leaders who have already beaten 1874 1-0 this season will be 2pm at Elm Grove Hoylake CH47 3DL.

Daten 5 – 3 1874 u21’s

DATEN 5-3 1874 NORTHWICH NWDL UNDER 21 20/8/17

1874 Northwich under 21 team are still looking for their first win of the season after coming out on the wrong end in an eight goal thriller.

An open game in which both teams were committed to all out attack, and in which defences for large parts of the game were on holiday, had plenty to keep the watching spectators entertained on a sunny afternoon in Culcheth.

1874 opened the scoring in the 19th minute when Chad Lowe scored from the penalty spot after Jordan Henry had been brought down.

Lowe, Henry and Elliott Watkins all went close to extending 1874’s lead before Daten equalised in the 24th minute when their No.9 headed home from close range. Eight minutes later the home side took the lead through their No.8.

1874 drew level in the 41st minute when Watkins cut in from the left and bent his shot around the diving keeper’s outstretched hand; however Daten’s No.10 restored their advantage two minutes later.

On the stroke of half time Daten’s goalkeeper pulled off a good save to deny Watkins and followed it up with a brave save diving at the feet of Henry to smoother the rebound.

Seven minutes into the second half 1874 goalkeeper Ryan Millington, who made several good saves during the game, did well to turn a close range shot onto the post. Unfortunately the ball bounced off the post and rolled along the goal line where it was tapped into the net at the far post by Daten’s No.10.

Four minutes later Watkins raced onto a through ball round the goalkeeper and slotted the ball into the net to halve the lead.

Searching for an equaliser in the later stages of the game, Dan Goodwin had a shot cleared off the line during a goalmouth scramble, while Daten’s goalkeeper pulled off several good saves.

The final action of the game saw Daten’s No.9 complete the scoring with the goal of the day firing a shot from 25 yards over Millington’s head.

1874 – Millington, Campbell, Leah, Goodwin, Johnstone, Ray, Henry, Watkins, Arrowsmith, Lowe, Moore. Subs used – Knight, Grant, Stubbs. Subs not used Giddins, Hodnett.

1874 u21’s fall short of playoffs

With the game switched from Moss Farm to St Luke’s Barton Stadium to tie in with the fun day 1874 Northwich U21’s took on FC St Helens with the winner going into the Championship West play off for promotion to the Premier Division.

On a breezy but warm day 1874 had a full squad to choose from with recent 1st teamers Adam Whitlock , Taylor Kennerley and Aaron Clayton available.

1874 had the first chance with Whitlock blasting over from close range. With only 5 minutes gone 1874 had a scare with FC St Helens putting the ball into the net after Millington had pulled off a great save. To the relief of the sizeable crowd in attendance the FCSH forward had strayed offside. Other good chances fell to Lomas and Lowe but neither could find the net. 1874 were to rue these chances as on 26 minutes FCSH picked up a stray pass in midfield and they took the lead with a well struck shot out of Millington’s reach. 0-1

With a quarter of an hour left off the first half a long ball was punted forward and with no FCSH forward in sight Millington came to collect but the ball took a wicked bounce off the hard surface and sailed over him into the empty net. 0-2

This bad luck seemed to galvanise 1874 as both Watkins and Kennerley had great chances to pull one back before half time. However there was still time for FCSH to take a 3 goal lead into the break when a FCSH forward followed up a great parry from Millington to make it 0-3.

1874 made a change at half time with Whelan replacing Watkins and straight from the kick off Lowe put Kennerley through who finished with aplomb. A superb strike which now gave Northwich hope. 1-3

Henry then replaced Hoare and for the next 20 minutes 1874 took the game to FCSH without making a breakthrough. On the half hour Whitlock struck a fantastic direct free kick into the bottom of the corner beating the FCSH goalkeeper all ends up. 2-3, game on.

FCSH were now under the cosh and used all methods to break up the rhythm and pattern of the football 1874 were trying to play. This even included the goalkeeper taking around 3 minutes to put his hair back into a man bun! Slack was running the show with his midfield display and with 10 minutes left Whitlock put in a great ball which just evaded Lowe at the far post. FCSH then had a man sent off for his part in a melee with the clock having gone pat 90 minutes. There was still time for a FCSH player to receive a booking for leaving the pitch to go and talk with his Mum. 5 minutes into added time Lowe had great chance to equalise but put his shot just wide. 1874 still pressed but couldn’t find the goals they needed despite the 10 minutes added time.

1874 finished in very credible third place in the final positions and unlike the two teams above them played every game of the regular season without receiving any walkovers. It is an issue that needs sorting in time for next season.

Team Millington, Hoare, Goodwin, Slack, Moore, Whitlock, Clayton, Lomas, Kennerley (c), Lowe and Watkins

Subs Whelan for Watkins, Henry for Hoare. Unused Leather, Stubbs and Giddins