Litherland Sports Park - 1874 Northwich F.C.

Litherland REMYCA vs 1874 Northwich

1874 return to top spot in superb style after a stunning 9-0 away win versus Litherland REMCYA. The greens overtook second place Bootle extending their lead at the top to two points thanks to three goals from Jake Parker, three from Scott McGowan and one a piece from Mike Koral, Jack Tinning and Taylor Kennerley.

1874 were up against a struggling REMCYA side that had been leaking goals all season and Saturday was no different when the faced a clinical 1874. The league leaders playing in their blue away strip took an early lead as right back Mike Koral was given too much room in the penalty area and his finish found the bottom corner.

Shortly after 1874 had doubled their advantage, a through ball from Matty Russell found Scott McGowan who slid his effort into the bottom corner to extend our lead. The remainder of the half saw a dominating spell of possession for 1874 who went into the break with a 2-0 lead.

The second half however saw the Litherland defence cave into the relentless 1874 attack as they managed to add seven goals during the half to create a record-breaking win to see us return to the top of the league.

10 minutes into the second half 74 added a third as a McGowan cross was slammed home by Jake Parker to put the game out of sight. Things went from bad to worse for REMCYA as they were reduced to 10 men as Paul Foy received his second yellow swiping Nathan Okome’s legs from underneath him.

Just after the hour mark Parker added his second and 1874’s fourth as once again McGowan’s ball fell into the path of Jake who fired into the top corner from a tight angle. Moments later 1874 had a fifth with arguably the best goal of the game. A good advantage played by the referee after a horror tackle on Koral, saw him power through into the Litherland half playing in Scott McGowan whose chipped effort lobbed the REMCYA keeper from 20 yards out, giving him a second.

Three minutes later 1874 had their sixth and Jake Parker got his hat-trick. A good piece of play from substitute Harry Cain saw him cut back and Parker drilled it home into the bottom corner adding to his already impressive tally for the season.

Soon after 1874 got their third goal in 10 minutes and this time it sealed the hat-trick for McGowan. A ball from Okome found McGowan who finished to give 74 a seven-nil lead. Seven soon became eight as Taylor Kennerley got himself on the scoresheet after a powerful run from Harry Cain saw him play in Kennerley to give him his first of the game.

With the final minutes of the 90 being played, 1874 got their ninth. An excellent run by left back Jack Tinning saw him slot the ball home to give 1874 all three points and return top of the table in a truly ruthless attacking performance.

Litherland REMYCA vs 1874 Northwich

LENNON SINGS 1874 A SONG OF WOE

By Garry Clarke

 LITHERLAND REMYCA 2-1 1874 NORTHWICH          HSL PREMIER    22ND DECEMBER 2018

 Losing in the Hallmark Security League for the first time since October 2nd, 1874 Northwich’s nine game unbeaten run came to a disappointing end at Litherland Sports Park.

 A lackluster performance, especially in the first half, saw 1874 struggle to break down their hard working opponents. Allowing 1874 to have possession and pass the ball across the pitch in front of their two banks of four, Litherland were content to sit back and when 1874 attempted to move forward pick off passes and hit their visitors on the break.

 It was from such a break that Litherland opened the scoring in the 25th minute. 1874 surrendered possession far too easily on the half way line, breaking swiftly down the left flank Declan Gregson delivered the ball into the 1874 penalty area where Paul Foy flicked it past James Coates into the net.

 Five minutes later the ball was given away on the opposite side of the pitch allowing Colin Quirk to break, Coates managed to save his shot from outside the area, unable to hold onto the ball Coates was scrambling to regain his feet as Lennon Whewell blasted the rebound over the bar.

 The first half ended in controversy.

 Under pressure from several 1874 attackers and surrounded by team mates, Litherland goalkeeper Ben Morrow pawed away a corner from under his cross bar. During the ensuing goalmouth scramble the ball fell to Scott McGowan, as the 1874 hitman struck the ball, drilling it through a packed six yard box into the net, referee Anthony Ball sounded his whistle for half time.

 Ruling out the score, amidst confusion on and off the pitch Ball claimed he had blown for a foul on Morrow although he also told 1874 co-manager Paul Bowyer he had whistled for half time.

 With recent signing Mike Koral making his league debut in green and black as a half time substitute, 1874 started the second half in a livelier fashion, although Litherland went close to doubling their advantage in the opening minutes, Whewell shooting inches wide of the target following a defensive mix up.

 1874 started to come into the game with Koral having an effort cleared off the line by Stephen King, while Lucas Weir unleashed a shot from 35 yards which Morrow did well to push away for a corner.

 1874 drew level in the 52nd minute when Mark Jones headed home from a corner despite the best efforts of Jake Connor  who acrobatically cleared the ball from the goalmouth, fortunately for 1874 an eagle eyed linesman had spotted the ball had crossed the line before the Litherland captain’s intervention.

 The home side restored their lead in the 70th minute. Quirk won the ball in midfield, he released Whewell who clotted the ball past Coates from the edge of the area.

 1874 dominated the final stages without breaking down Litherland’s scrambling defence, although Koral clipped the post with a shot and in stoppage time drove the ball across the face of goal just out of the reach of a colleague sliding in at the far post.

 LITHERLAND – Morrow, Foy, Connor (Stewart 66), Dobson, King, Crist, Scott (Cato 29), Hamilton, Whewell, Quirk, Gregson. Subs not used Sheild, Colburn, Murphy.

 1874 – Coates, Connor, Russell, Pritchard, Jones, Weir, Gardner (Koral ht), M Woolley (Irlam 77), McGowan, Hare, Kennerley. Subs not used Ormrod, Waite-Jackson, Stevenson.

GOALS  Litherland – Foy 25, Whewell 70       1874 – Jones 52
ATTENDANCE 148                               REFEREE A Ball