Mossie Park - 1874 Northwich F.C.

Charnock Richard vs 1874 Northwich

Charnock Richard 0-5 1874: Visitors shine in new away kit to maintain 100% league record

1874 Northwich managed to come up with a ruthless 45 minute display to beat Charnock Richard at Mossie Park in the North West Counties Premier Division.

As the first half played out, the home side’s best chance came from a free-kick on the edge of the box fifteen minutes in.

Full-back Spencer Bibby shot left-footed over the wall, hitting the outside of 1874 goalkeeper Micky Ward’s left post.

Ten minutes later, 1874 winger Taylor Kennerley collected midfielder Sam Hare’s header and ran into the Charnock box, firing a shot low across goal destined for the bottom right corner, but Richard’s keeper Ben Ashcroft saved well.

Minutes later, Kennerley would yet again be in the thick of the action, as he played a one-two with Hare from a short corner, sending the ball into the box, which managed to loop over everyone, only for the crossbar to help the beaten Ashcroft.

1874 kept pushing forward towards the end of the first half, looking for the opening goal, with numerous chances coming in the Charnock penalty area.

The clearest opening before the break fell to striker Scott McGowan, who gathered a loose ball close to the six-yard box and managed to swivel round, firing a shot with his left that was blocked well by Ashcroft.

1874 started the second half as they ended the first, with high intensity and pressure, looking to create chances in volume.

Just four minutes into the half, Northwich broke and after McGowan played a ball into Kennerley in acres of space on the left wing, he provided a pass for Jake Parker, who finished well into the bottom-right corner.

The opening goal seemed to spur the visitors on for more, and aftMcGowan received the ball from Sam Hare across the face of the penalty spot, he fired a shot at goal, only for the bar to rattle once again.

As the game approached the hour mark, 1874 managed to get a second goal through Kennerley, which was deserved on merit for his performance, after coming so close in the first half on occasions.

The ball looped into the Charnock box, which Ashcroft misjudged, meaning an easy pass by Parker into Kennerley, who finished low into the middle of the goal for number two.

Moments later, McGowan again had a chance through on goal, this time lifting a right-footed shot over the bar, after being one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Chances seemed to come by the minute now for Northwich, as they managed to get the third goal that looked to seal the well deserved win.

After Hare was played in by substitute Harry Cain, he shot to Ashcroft’s left who yet again made a good save, but the ball fell kindly for Parker to tap in.

With around fifteen minutes to play, Cain, who looked lively coming on, unleashed a shot with his left on the edge of the box, which skimmed the bar.

Things were about to get a whole lot worse for Charnock.

After Danny Regan hacked down Cain in the centre circle, he received a second yellow and was given his marching orders.

Cain would be joined in the middle of the park by Nathan Okome, who replaced captain Matthew Wooley, and he was able to get on the scoresheet for the first time at his new club, placing the ball seemingly effortlessly into the bottom right corner.

1874 were not done there, as yet another substitute netted a goal, this time coming from midfielder Callam Gardner, who managed to superbly curve the ball in off the post past Ashcroft, who was probably Charnock’s best player on the day, this one coming deep into injury time to make the final score 5-0.

A brilliant performance from 1874, whose large contingent of travelling fans can feel upbeat about the season, following four terrific victories in a row.

Northwich will be looking to keep the momentum going as they host Irlam in the league on Tuesday night.

By Joe Dutton

Charnock Richard vs 1874 Northwich




Scott McGowan swooped onto a low cross played into the Charnock Richard penalty area, swivelling eight yards from goal he steered the ball under Charnock goalkeeper Adam Halton’s diving body to seal a deserved 2-0 win for 1874 Northwich.

His 86th minute strike took his tally for the club to 82 eclipsing Mike Brandon’s previous landmark figure of 79 as 1874 Northwich’s record goal scorer.

1874 had taken the lead in the 17th minute of an open game in which play continually switched from end to end. The home side’s Oliver Oxley went close to opening the scoring in the opening minutes but shot wide before Taylor Kennerley ended a strong run down the left by blasting a shot from a tight angle past Halton.

Although 1874 enjoyed a greater share of play in the first half, Charnock created the better chances. Halton did well to cut out a dangerous Kennerley cross in the 36th minute and Callum Gardner had a shot deflected wide five minutes later.

In the 20th minute a through ball split open the 1874 defence allowing Oxley to race away, his shot was well blocked by debutant keeper Dane Rigby.

In the closing five minutes of the first half Mark Adams shot wide of the target from close range and Carl Grimshaw volleyed over the bar from the edge of the area. On the stroke of half time, Grimshaw, The Division’s leading goal scorer, was found at the far post by a free kick floated into the 1874 area. Unmarked, from close range he headed across the face of goal and wide.

Captain Matt Woolley opened the second half with a shot which just cleared the Charnock cross bar from 30 yards out.

1874 were in control of the second half, except for a short period around the hour mark when Charnock upped their game but could not find a way through a strong 1874 rear guard lead by man of the match Mark Jones. Rigby was called into action when Joe Noblet slipped the ball into the path of Oxley, the 1874 custodian saved bravely at the feet of the Charnock player.

In the 70th minute a Jordan Tucker cross found McGowan in the Charnock penalty area, Halton did well to smoother his shot. A few minutes later McGowan fired a shot just wide of the target, but in the 86th minute the hardworking 1874 hit man got his reward netting his record breaking goal.

Charnock Richard: Adam Halton, Joe Noblet, James Walker, Troy Carsley, Ryan Schofield, Matt Westwell, Mark Adams, Nathan Fairhurst, Carl Grimshaw, Oliver Oxley (Mark Woods 74), Ashley Ball (Jake Higham 74). Subs: (Not Used) Ross O’Farrell, Ashley Young.

1874 Northwich: Dane Rigby, Jordan Tucker, Paul Connor, Jack Pritchard, Mark Jones, Jack Irlam, Callum Gardner (Kazim Waite-Jackson 74), Matthew Wooley, Scott Mc Gowan, Sam Hare, Taylor Kennerley, Subs: (Not Used) Dan Thomas, James Ormrod, Lucas Weir, Matt Preston.

GOALS 1874 – Kennerley 17, McGowan 86


Charnock Richard vs 1874 Northwich





Once again 1874’s management had to “ring the changes” as the almost impossible fixture list continued with a Thursday night trip to face Charnock Richard and once again the 1874 faithful supporters turned out in force to cheer on their side but in the end 1874 succumbed to their first defeat in their last five games.

This game was certainly competitive but nevertheless it was a mystery to most of those supporters watching that the game had NINE yellow cards with 1874 having six of them and as well as that disappointment ,most of the “close decisions” went the way of the hosts.

That said, Charnock deserved their win against an 1874 side that once again and most understandably was slightly changed from the one that won convincingly in their last outing at Darwen.

However, in this game 1874 started well and after ten minutes they created an excellent passage of play involving Waite-Jackson and McGowan and the latter did well to find Kennerley on the left but the youngsters effort went wide of the target.

But the hosts took the lead in the 12rth minute when Noblett finished a move that was helped by an 1874 player losing the ball in the last third which allowed Charnock to swiftly move forward to create a good chance that was extremely well taken. It could have been worse for 1874 minutes later when another ball was too easily lost in the midfield but on this occasion 1874’s keeper – Hall – came to the rescue.

After this 1874 enjoyed their best period of play as they took the game to Charnock and might have scored several times before McGowan did equalise in the 39th minute from the penalty spot but 1874 were behind once again when in the 45th minute Grimshaw seized upon a mistake to score easily. H-T 2-1

After the interval 1874 clearly had to work harder to try and get a grip on the game but their task became much harder when the hosts were awarded a penalty after 56 minutes and Grimshaw scored his second of the night.

Unfortunately, at this stage Charnock had the “bit between their teeth” and their search for another goal provided dividends when Fitton increased their lead just before the hour mark.

1874 immediately changed their system and in doing so they did create some hope when wing back – Paul Connor – finding himself in a much further forward position scored well from just inside the box.

However, this proved to be the final goal of the evening and 1874 had to accept that on the night the best team won and so they now move on to their game 24 hours later against Winsford United

1874: Hall; Connor; Russell (rep by Lever 65); Pritchard; Mitchell; Fallon (rep by Riley 61); Hind; Matt Woolley; McGowan; Waite-Jackson & Kennerley (rep by Woods 61). Unused Subs: Thomas & Jack Woolley

Referee: Richard Aspinall Attendance: 163