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Runcorn Town vs 1874 Northwich

Runcorn Town 2-3 1874: Greens prevail from minor second half setback

By Joe Dutton

1874 Northwich defeated Runcorn Town away in the league on Monday, after Scott McGowan’s late penalty proved to be the winning goal.

1874 controlled the pace of the action in the first 45 minutes, putting the home side on the back foot for the vast majority of the half.

The first real chance Northwich created came following a quick counter attack lead by winger Mike Koral on 22 minutes, after Runcorn lost the ball from their own free kick near the 1874 box. Koral played the ball to McGowan on the left, who curved over the right post.

As with most matches recently in the searing heat, drinks breaks were made by the referee, the first coming after 25 minutes.

Runcorn didn’t seem to be fully set after the one minute stoppage and 1874 nearly capitalised, as midfielder Jake Parker burst forward and set up Sam Hare for a shot, who’s effort went over the bar.

Chances started to come in high volume for 1874, this time left back Matthew Russell ventured into the Runcorn box, firing a shot at goalkeeper Adam Reid, who palmed it away from danger.

Seconds later, Koral fancied his chances on the edge of the box, as he shot with the outside of his right foot past the left post.

As the game approached half time, 1874 launched another attack at the Runcorn defence through Lee Knight, who managed to collect the ball from a fine pass by Mark Jones on the edge of the box, before firing a shot brilliantly into the bottom right corner for his second goal of the season.

1874 probably didn’t want half time to come at that stage, as they had Runcorn against the ropes right up until the end of the half.

As the second half began, the visitors carried on pushing Runcorn back and a second 1874 goal appeared to be on the cards.

Following a throw-in deep inside Town’s half, 1874 created a good passage of play around the box, as Hare, Knight and Parker were all involved, with the latter shooting first time into the bottom right corner for 2-0, giving Reid no chance.

The game looked to only be going one way, but just three minutes after 1874’s second, Runcorn were given a penalty after Lee Jackson was judged to have brought down Kevin Exell inside the box.

Paul McManus stepped up for the hosts and scored past 1874 keeper Tony Aghayere’s right, who almost kept it out after getting both hands to it.

Runcorn’s goal didn’t appear to disrupt 1874’s rhythm, as they kept making chances to get the two-goal lead back.

Right-Back Sam Hind joined a Northwich attack and after receiving the ball off Parker, he aimed high from the edge of the box, which Reid palmed out for a corner.

After the resulting corner was cleared, Jones collected the ball and played in Jackson, who found some space in the box and placed a shot just wide of the left post.

With around 20 minutes to play, 1874 brought on midfielder Nathan Okome for Parker, and within a couple of minutes, he unleashed a shot just outside the Runcorn box, which looked destined for the top right corner if not for a fine save by Reid.

Not long after this 1874 chance, Runcorn would equalise against the run of play. A long ball from the defence found Craig Cairns in the box, whose shot across goal from the left was saved by Aghayere, but the rebound was smashed into the roof of the net by Joe Holt.

1874, with a two-goal lead now gone, had to regroup and go again for the last fifteen minutes.

Another chance would present itself for the Greens with just under ten minutes remaining.

After Hare floated in a free kick, captain Matthew Wooley was pulled back in the box by Runcorn substitute Shaun Weaver and a penalty was given by the referee.

McGowan, who would have been eager to continue his goal scoring spree after getting four in last Saturday’s FA Cup game, calmly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner, with Reid diving the wrong way.

As the game approached the last few minutes, Okome would have a chance to seal the win for 1874, after he received the ball in space inside the Runcorn box, but lashed a shot high past the left of the goal.

1874 were able to see out the game in injury time, as Okome managed to do defence duties well, muscling Town substitute Richard McQuade off the ball for a goal kick, which would be the final action of the match.

In what was a well earned victory for 1874, the large contingent of fans that travelled left the ground knowing that their team will dig deep in matches, after seeing them come from a brief setback to win.


Runcorn Town vs 1874 Northwich

By Garry Clarke
Fielding the same starting eleven which won on Tuesday 1874 Northwich paid the penalty for allowing hosts Runcorn Town to come from behind and claim all three points.
1874 started the game brightly forcing a series of corners; the first came in the 8thminute when a last ditch tackle by a Runcorn defender ended a weaving run into the Runcorn box by full back Jordan Tucker.
The second corner came three minutes later when a Scott McGowan free kick deflected off the defensive wall. From the corner the ball was propelled goal wards by McGowan for Runcorn keeper Adam Reid to pull off a good save.  
In the 16th minute a well worked corner between Joe Woolley and Taylor Kennerley allowed Woolley to deliver a cross into the Runcorn area which found Danny Thomas who stabbed the ball home from six yards.
Reid prevented 1874 have doubling their advantage with good saves from McGowan and Mark Jones before Ryan Cox glanced a header wide of the 1874 goal.
Playing a more direct style, the home side started to come more into the game and leveled the score in the 33rd minute. A corner delivered from the left found John Shaw unmarked at the far post where he, unchallenged, headed the ball into 1874’s net.
A few minutes later 1874 goalkeeper James Coates pulled off a flying save to palm away a Shaun Weaver shot.
Moments before half time McGowan ended an 1874 break by slotting the ball past Reid, although he had beaten the Runcorn defence he had not beat the linesman’s offside flag.
Despite a scrappy start to the second half, 1874 continued to enjoy most of the attacking play with Runcorn’s attacking options being limited.
In the opening minutes of the half Reid did well to pluck a Matt Russell cross out of the air in a packed penalty area,  while just before the hour mark McGowan scooped a shot over the bar following a good run down the left wing and cross by Kenerley.
Runcorn’s Jamie Menagh had a shot blocked before Paul McManus drilled the rebound wide while Callum Gardner fired wide of the target at the other end of the pitch.  Reid pulled off a good save at point blank range to deny Gardner before McGowan hit the rebound wide.
The game’s decisive moment arrived in the 75th minute. A long ball down field took a wicked bounce wrong footing Jack Pritchard, who as he turned trying to recover his position collided with Runcorn’s Stuart McDonald.
Referee Lewis Raper pointed to the penalty spot despite 1874 protests that contact was outside the area, after consulting with his assistant he confirmed his original decision.
McManus stepped up to smash the spot kick high into the top corner of the net.
RUNCORN – Reid, Turner, Carberry, Shaw, James, Thelwall, McManus, Waever, Menagh, Cox (Wainwright 85), McDonald (Wright 85).  Subs not used Herbert, McGregor, France.
1874 – Coates, Tucker, Russell, Pritchard, Thomas, Jones, J Woolley (Gardner 55), M Woolley (Wainthrop 55), McGowan, Freakes (Waite-Jackson 80), Kennerley. Subs not used Connor, Meadowcroft.
GOALS – Runcorn Shaw 33, McManus 77p                1874 – Thomas 16
ATTENDANCE 214                                           REFEREE Lewis Raper

Runcorn Town vs 1874 Northwich

By Garry Clarke


Runcorn Town scored twice in the second half, the second in stoppage time, to come from behind to record their first ever victory over 1874 Northwich in a well contested encounter between two evenly matches teams.

1874 Northwich almost got off to a flying start with Scott McGowan being inches away from opening the scoring in the second minute. Goalkeeper Greg Hall found 1874’s top scorer unmarked in the Runcorn area with a free kick launched from well within his own half. McGowan’s acrobatic overhead flashed just wide of the target.

1874 enjoyed the better of the first half although they struggled to break down a strong Runcorn defence, while the home side was limited to shooting from distance.

1874 broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute, when Kazim Waite-Jackson’s cross from the right found McGowan unmarked at the far post, where he powerfully headed home his 35th goal of the campaign.

Referee Kristian Silcock turned down Runcorn appeals for a penalty in the opening minutes of the first half when Joe Holt went down as his surging run into the 1874 penalty area was ended by a Ryan Mitchell challenge. Further appeals for a spot kick in the 76th minute were answered in the affirmative when Silcock adjudged Danny Meadowcroft to have controlled the ball with his hand during a goal mouth scramble. Paul McManus converted from the spot to level the scores.

A few minutes later a diagonal ball played in to 1874’s area found Craig Cairns in acres of space. Runcorn’s leading scorer could only guide the ball into the welcoming hands of Hall, who handled comfortably all evening.

Being restricted to shooting from distance, McGowan, Matt Russell, Sam Freakes and Rory Fallon all firing in shots, 1874 were being forced deeper as their hard working opponents started to gain the upper hand as signs of fatigue started to show in the green ranks.

1874’s rearguard held firm until two minutes into stoppage time when they failed to deal with a long ball played into their penalty area allowing it to drop to Holt who squeezed the ball through a crowd of players and into the net.

RUNCORN: Reid, Turner, Carberry, James, Thelwall, McManus, Holt, Hassell, Menagh, Cairns, Reed. Subs not used Exell, McGregor, Jones.

1874: Hall, Connor, Russell, Pritchard, Mitchell, Freakes, Hind, Fallon, McGowan, Waite-Jackson, Kennerley (Meadowcroft 74). Subs not used Riley, Lever, Woods, Jack Woolley.

GOALS – Runcorn McManus 76p, Holt 92 1874 – McGowan 42

Runcorn Town vs 1874 Northwich

Runcorn Town 0-2 1874 Northwich

 by Jack Owen

1874 maintained their 100% record in competitive fixtures against Runcorn Town after a well deserved 2-0 victory at the Pavillions. This win moved the Greens into second place in the league table and with two games in hand on early league leaders Irlam.

1874 started the game attacking Runcorn Town with pace and this nearly paid off straight away, when a clipped through ball found its way over Jarrett’s head into the path of Tom Bailey, but his effort was palmed away by the keeper.

1874 continued to ask questions of the Runcorn defence when Sam Hind beat his marker and put in a great cross which narrowly evaded Tom Bailey but did find its way to Wellstead at the back post. However, his header went straight into the gloves of the Runcorn Town keeper.

Moments later, 1874 made the breakthrough that their good start had warranted. Woolley played a great ball to McGowan who provided a moment of brilliance – he showed  a great touch to take the ball past the advancing defender and then produced a lob from the edge of the box that left the keeper in difficulty and despite him being able to get his finger tips to it he couldn’t succeed in preventing the ball from nestling in the back of the net to give 1874 a deserved lead.

Buoyed by taking the lead, 1874 didn’t let up the pressure and minutes later Wellstead headed a cross back in towards the back post and McGowan was inches away from doubling the lead. Then Tom Bailey let fly from distance on the half volley, an effort which had the keeper beaten but touched the top of the crossbar as it went over

It was Bailey again that had the last chance of the half as McGowan showed great pace to beat Jarrett, then his cut back found Bailey, who opted to place his strike at goal. However the ball landed just wide of the left hand post as the referee sounded the end of a very good first half for the 74.

Minutes into the second half saw an horrendous collision between Runcorn’s  Danny Jarrett and goalkeeper Louis Mackin. This resulted in a lengthy stoppage as both players received treatment and, thankfully both players we’re not seriously injured – Jarrett was substituted immediately and Makin a few minutes later after he had tried to continue but had difficulty in doing so

To their credit, Runcorn tried desperately to get back on terms and put pressure on the 1874 backline but Paul Connor made a fantastic interception after a cross looked destined to find Thelwell, whilst Ryan Mitchell, who was a dominant figure for 1874 throughout’, provided a brilliant goal-saving tackle after 78 minutes  to prevent Cairns from getting a shot on target.

Runcorn were reduced to ten men when Heath received his second yellow card of the game after fouling Hind on the wing. From the resultant free kick, 1874 secured the win and three points as Rick Bailey reacted quickest to pick up the loose ball and showed the mindset to unselfishly play in Stuart Wellstead, gleefully fired in a powerful left foot shot low  across the keeper and in to the corner of the net to put the result beyond any doubt.

Runcorn Town went down to nine men when Excell received a straight red card after a bad tackle on Rick Bailey.

After an understandably long period of added time the referee blew his whistle to call an end to proceedings – this was an excellent performance from 1874 against a strong side that look sure to be up there throughout the season

1874: Hall, Connor, Mitchell, Thomas, Russell, Wellstead, M.Woolley (C), Chappell, Hind, T.Bailey, McGowan.
Substitutes: Rick Bailey for Neil Chappell (75 minutes)
Unused Substitutes: Middleton, Walker and J.Woolley.

Attendance: 237

Runcorn Town vs 1874 Northwich


A goal in each half by Mike Brendon settled the Cheshire derby in favour of 1874 Northwich who beat Runcorn Town 2-0 at the Pavilions.

1874 Northwich always held the upper hand and never looked like losing a keenly contested game between two teams in the top six of the NWCFL Premier Division. Play continually switched from end to end as both teams created numerous chances. The Runcorn keeper Phil Priestley, especially in the first half, was the busier if the two net minders.

Runcorn’s Gareth Grant intercepted a weak back pass in the 10th minute, bearing down on goal his shot was blocked by Greg Hall. The 1874 goalkeeper also saved a Sam Houghton effort and towards the end of the half pulled off a save at point blank range to deny Grant.

1874 had twice gone close to opening the score in the opening minutes before Ryan Jackson cutting inside from the left fired in a 15th shot which was turned away for a corner by Priestley. Making his debut in Runcorn colours, Priestley also saved well to keep out a long range shot from Matt Woolley, while Stuart Wellstead danced around the Runcorn defence to beat Priestley but pulled his shot across the face of the goal.

The deadlock was broken in the 39th minute. Wellstead flicked a long ball into the path of Brandon, who calmly slotted a low dive from the edge of the area across Priestley into the far bottom corner of the net.

The home side ended the half with ten men, Chris Lester being sent off in stoppage time after grabbing Brandon around the neck.

Although there was not as much goalmouth action in the second half the game was still an open affair.

Runcorn were limited to mainly firing in long shots which rarely troubled Hall or playing hopeful crosses into the 1874 box which were easily dealt with. The closest they came to grabbing an equaliser came in the 75th minute when Paul Shanley hit a shot which just flew wide of the angle of the post and bar.

Not as dominant as in the first half, 1874 created several chances to increase their lead. Priestley saved well to deny Craig Farnworth and Matty Ward, while Ryan Mitchell, Brandon, Jackson and Woolley were all just off target with their efforts.

Brandon wrapped up the game in the first minute of stoppage time. Neil Chappell lined up a shot from outside the area, as he struck the ball it took a bobble forcing the ball to veer off target. It landed at the feet of Jack Woolley lurking on the far side of the area. The 1874 substitute skipped around the Runcorn defence cut the ball back across the face of goal where Brandon turned it past Priestley from close range.
RUNCORN –Priestley, Lester, Kelly, Dykes, Lawton, Toone (Irlam 80), Shanley, Keddie, Woods, Grant, Houghton (McKillop ht) – subs not used McShane, Ablewhite, Martland.

1874 – Hall, Connor, Lomas, Mitchell, Farnworth, Chappell, Wellstead (Brooks 67), M.Woolley, Brandon, Ward, Jackson (J.Woolley 85). Subs not used Riley, Tulloch.

GOALS 1874 Brandon 39,91

ATTENDANCE – 239 REFEREE – Michael Barrow

Runcorn Town vs 1874 Northwich


Despite finishing the game with only nine men, 1874 Northwich came from behind to snatch victory over Runcorn Town at the Pavilions and leap frog their opponents into 4th place in the NWCFL Premier Division table.

Facing their biggest challenge of the season so far 1874 started strongly against a team which has never finished below 5th in the Premier Division forcing several early corners before Sean Breen went close to opening the scoring for the home side when he curled a shot past Matt Conkie but was unable to get enough bend on the ball for it to go inside the far post.

1874 enjoyed the greater share of the play in the first half with Dave Short firing a free kick just over the bar and Sakeel Abdullah having a shot turned round the post by Runcorn keeper Stuart Plant. The home side with their direct style of play were dangerous on the break and took the lead in the 39th minute. Craig Farnworth, who had been booked earlier in the game, fouled Paul Shanley in the penalty area, allowing Andy Potter to drill his spot kick past Conkie into the bottom corner of the net.

Runcorn started the second half on the front foot firing several shots in the direction of the 1874 goal without hitting the target until the 59th minute when they doubled their advantage. Sam Houghton intercepted a poor clearance and shooting home from outside the area.

1874’s response was immediate forcing a corner from the restart, which was only cleared as far as Matt Woolley who lofted the ball into the goalmouth where, under challenge from Mike Brandon, Plant juggled the ball before scrambling it clear. Matt Beadle returned the ball into the penalty area with a cross from the left wing, where it was met by Brandon who steered his header past Plant into the far corner. Three minutes later the scores were level; Beadle picked up the ball in mid field and unleashed a long range thunderbolt which flew past a helpless Plane into the back of the net.

Both teams traded goal scoring chances in the final third of an incident packed game. The decisive moment came in the 89th minute when Brandon slipped the ball into the path of Beadle who cut in from the left to hammer the ball home from 12 yards to the delight of the majority of the 307 strong crowd.

The game ended in controversy when referee Steve Rudd who had booked seven players (only two wearing blue shirts) in the last 30 minutes of a had fought game between two evenly matched teams showed red cards in stoppage time to Ryan Mitchell and Paul Connor, both of whom had been booked earlier in the game.

1874 – Conkie, Mitchell, Duckworth, Farnworth (Brandon 54mins), Aston, Woolley, Connor, Abdullah, Short, Beadle, Ward. Subs not used Crofts, Jones, Bowyer, Fossdyke.

RUNCORN TOWN – Plant, Potter, Kinsey, Lawton, Latham, Spearitt, Shanley, Keddie, Breen (Webber 88mins), Thomson (Williams 70mins), Houghton. Subs not used Roberts, Lester, Patton

GOALS – 1874 Brandon 61, Beadle 64,89. RUNCORN Potter 39, Houghton 59.

Attendance 307

Referee – Steve Rudd (Leyland)