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1874 Northwich vs Longridge Town

7th Heaven for 74 By Matt Waters

Wayne Goodison and Paul Bowyer’s men left it late to beat promotion rivals Longridge Town which sees them go 7 points clear at the top of the North West Counties with two games in hand on Rylands.
After a 21-day break from league action, everyone knew that Tuesday nights clash with promotion rivals Longridge Town was going to be a thriller, and it was exactly that. A game that saw a red card, a missed penalty and 2 stoppage time goals for the greens over the line to claim all three points in a dramatic comeback victory.

The game started slow with not many clear-cut chances for either side with the possession being lost in the middle of the pitch for both sides, but it was Longridge who broke the deadlock. After a flurry of half chances inside the penalty area, Tom Ince pounced on a deflection from Matt Woolley inside the penalty area and stroked the ball home after 20 minutes to put the visitors ahead at Townfield.
Just before the half hour mark, things went from bad to worse for 1874. A goal kick from Tony Aghayere appeared to strike the arm of Rick Seear and he was resultantly brought down by Aghayere to hand Longridge a controversial penalty moments after opening the scoring. However, Tony redeemed himself by making a superb penalty save, diving brilliantly to his left to deny Longridge doubling their lead.

The remainder of the half saw 74 really grow into the game with a few chances from Scott McGowan and Jake Parker nearly finding the net. However just before the break, it was the Captain Matt Woolley who levelled the scoring at Townfield.

Five minutes after the restart Longridge put themselves back Infront. A flicked header by Rhys Turner evaded the jump from Lee Jackson and played in Rick Seear who didn’t let his penalty miss phase him as he slotted home to give Longridge the lead once more.

After Town retook the lead, it was one-way traffic from here as 1874 piled on the pressure as they have done many times this season from losing positions. After an effort from Jake Parker went narrowly wide, 74 were given a boost when Daniel Wilkinson was sent off for a poorly timed tackle on Taylor Kennerley and 1874 knew they had to make the man advantage count.

1874 nearly levelled 20 minutes from time but the referee deemed the header from Lee Jackson impeded on the Longridge keeper who dropped the ball onto the path of Jackson. However, the greens kept pushing on and finally in the 89th minute they got their equaliser. A superb move and linkup play between Harry Cain and Jake Parker saw Jack Tinning finish calmly into the net to score a much-deserved goal after all the second half possession.

In the 95th minute however, 1874 managed to secure a superb comeback against all the odds. Just like away at Skelmersdale, they punished another side for their ‘game management.’ A corner swung into the box bounced around awkwardly until Scott McGowan managed to head the ball over the line sending 1874 into jubilation with a last gasp goal securing victory in the dying moments of the tie.

1874 Northwich vs Runcorn Town

1874 DROP POINTS BUT EXTEND LEAD

BY GARRY CLARKE

 

1874 NORTHWICH 1-1 RUNCORN TOWN    NWCFL PREMIER        1ST FEBRUARY 2020

 

Despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Townfield by Runcorn Town, 1874 Northwich extended their lead at the top of the NWCFL Premier Division table. Whilst 1874 were dropping points for the first time since November results elsewhere meant 1874 ended the day seven points clear.

Playing up the slope 1874 started well with Harry Cain particularly lively, although his afternoon ended after twenty minutes when he as the victim of a late challenge which earned Runcorn captain Shaun Weaver a yellow card.

By the time Cain was forced out of the game 1874 found themselves a goal down, Warren Bellew picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area and drilled it past Tony Aghayere from eighteen yards.

Runcorn goalkeeper Adam Reid twice came to his sides rescue with good saves around the half-hour mark. Firstly he reacted superbly to palm away a Jake Parker shot from close range before keeping out Scott McGowan’s penalty after the Northwich striker had been tripped from behind by Joe Holt.

The scores were levelled two minutes after the half time break. Runcorn struggled to clear a corner; the ball fell to Parker who smashed it into the net from close range.

1874 enjoyed the majority of the possession in the second half but struggled to break down hard work opponents although Parker went close minutes from the end but his shot from outside the area went just wide of the post.

Runcorn were reduced to ten men in stoppage time when Holt, who had been booked in the first half when giving away the penalty, received a second yellow for a crude tackle but his colleagues managed to see out the final few minutes.

RUNCORN – Reid, Turner, Dursley, Thelwall, James, Holt, Byrnes (Cairns), Weaver, Forbes (McGiven), Holsgrove, Bellew (Rowlands). Subs not used Haslam, Rocburgh.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH SELECTED BY SPONSOR CHRIS LATHAM = JAKE PARKER

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1874 Northwich vs Charnock Richard

1874’S WINNING RUN CONTINUES IN STYLE

1874 NORTHWICH FC  5   V   0  CHARNOCK RICHARD
This report was written by Keith Reader from Charnock Richard

Charnock Richard failed to put a dent in the promotion hopes of league leaders 1874 Northwich who look certain to be plying their trade in the Northern Premier League next season. Losing by the same score, 5-0, as in the fixture at Mossie Park in August whilst not overrun the Villagers could have no complaints regarding the defeat. Two goals down at the interval any hopes of a Charnock fight back ended early in the second half when the home team made it 3-0. To be honest Charnock created very little in the home penalty area and goalkeeper Aghayere was never really extended.

The starting line-up saw one change from the team that beat Rylands the previous week; Mark Woods had not recovered from injury so Lewis Haydock came into midfield. Ross O’Farrell returned from suspension and illness and was on the bench alongside Matt Davison, Oliver Oxley and Aaron Griffth.
It was a fine afternoon with no wind but after another unsettled week the pitch was heavy and cut up considerably, not an ideal surface for Charnock to produce their neat passing football.

There was a very healthy crowd of 321 for this top of the table encounter.
Charnock won the toss and decided to play up the slope and struggled to make a real impact on the game right from the first whistle. There was four minutes on the clock before they got into the Northwich half. There was a contrast between the two teams’ styles Charnock struggled to play their passing game but the home team were prepared to hit the ball forward and with some speedy runners they carried a real threat throughout the afternoon. McGowan brought the first save out of Ascroft before Darr had a powerful run but it came to nothing. Knight shot over the bar before, on 20 minutes, Northwich took the lead through a lucky deflection. Jake Parker’s shot flicked off a defender and wrong footed Ascroft. Three minutes later it looked as if Charnock had conceded a penalty when Hare went clear and appeared to go down under a challenge from Ascroft but the referee ruled that the goalkeeper had not made contact with the striker and issued a yellow card for diving. It was 2-0 however on the stroke of the half hour, Charnock were caught short of defenders as the midfield failed to get goal side of the runners and McGowan exchanged passes with Hare before decisively beating Ascroft. Perhaps the best chance of the first half came from Darr when on 34 minutes he cut across from the left and stung the hands of the home keeper.

Bennett had a shot from distance over the bar before Knight saw two shots deflected as the home team maintained their pressure. In the first half the Villagers had not been outplayed; they had, at times, produced some decent football but the home team were full of confidence and had pushed forward in numbers.

Charnock were playing down the slope in the second half and if they were to rescue something out of the game they needed an early goal and a diving header by Haydock from a Darr cross gave the faithful Charnock followers some degree of hope. However Northwich increased their lead on 53 minutes, a poor ball played out of defence set up the home side, they were not in the mood to miss chances and Gardner beat Ascroft from 10 yards. Bibby responded with a shot over the bar and Bennett saw his deflected effort fall luckily for Aghayere to collect.

There was a good header from Grimshaw to a Bibby cross but it went straight to the keeper.

A last ditch tackle from Young on 63 minutes prevented McGowan possibly putting the home team further ahead before Gardner shot narrowly over the bar. The home team were continuing their tactics of hitting the ball forward at every opportunity and looking for midfield runners, a policy that was proving to be particularly effective with the under-foot conditions. Lee Knight was proving to be a real handful on the right until he was withdrawn on 69 minutes. Charnock’s success has been built upon slick neat passing football which is really effective on firm pitches and they really struggled on the pudding-like-surface on this occasion.

Just before Christmas Charnock signed Nathan Nickeas from Croston Sports Club and immediately and gave him his full debut in the game at Squires Gate. It has been a huge jump up from playing at a level below Step-7 to Step-5 and the young lad has not looked out of place in the five games he has played since. The standard of this game along with a big crowd was possibly the most demanding that he has met in his career but once again he produced another creditable performance but he looked like he had run out of energy when he was replaced by Matt Davison on 64 minutes. The 68th minute saw Charnock concede another goal and again it was a result of giving the ball away when trying to play out of defence, McGowan capitalised upon the mistake and flighted a delightful shot over Ascroft’s head into the far corner of the goal.

It was beginning to look as if Charnock were on the way to a really punishing defeat but they rallied and created several threats in the home penalty area without testing the home keeper. Harry Cain had come on for Knight and when the Charnock defensive set up gave him a clear path to goal he cut in from the right and hit a shot past Ascroft into the far corner of the net on 73 minutes. It made the 5-0 score line equal to the result that Charnock had suffered in the encounter at Mossie Park. Ross O’Farrell replaced Jack Bennett on 75 minutes. Charnock won a couple of corners and McGowan missed a chance to make it six by scuffing a shot and Ascroft made an easy save. On 85 minutes Oliver Oxley replaced Danny Regan. The game finished with Hare shooting wide when well placed and at the other end Darr miscuing when played in on the right.The Villagers competed right up to the final whistle but to be honest they never looked like getting anything from this game. 1874 Northwich are very good side and they should easily achieve their objective of gaining promotion this season; they are capable of making a real impact in the Northern Premier League.