St Lukes Barton Stadium - 1874 Northwich F.C.

1874 Northwich vs Runcorn Town




1874 Northwich ended their 2018/19 league campaign with a victory as the green and blacks beat Runcorn Town 3-0 in their last home game at St Luke’s Barton Stadium.

Heavy rain driven across a sodden pitch by strong gusting winds made playing controlled football difficult on a cold April afternoon, but both sides did their best to entertain the 159 spectators who had braved the elements.

1874 dominated the game which man of the match Aaron Smith prominent. As early as the second minute he ended a strong run by slipping the ball into the path of Jake Parker who shot narrowly wide from ten yards. Three minutes later Smith intercepted a pass from a Runcorn defender, he was beaten to the ball by Runcorn keeper Adam Reid whose clearance fell to Callum Gardner whose first time effort was off target.

Reid cut out a dangerous Scott McGowan cross in the 15th minute and two minutes later pulled off a good one handed diving save to keep out a long range Smith shot, the keeper reacted to quickly to prevent McGowan netting the rebound.

A Paul Connor cross found Gardner unmarked at the far post but from close range he lifted the ball over the bar in the 36th minute while four minutes later Reid saved bravely at the feet of Sam Hind as a free kick was played into Runcorn’s six yard box.

On the stroke of half time Runcorn’s Francois Antonie fired a shot wide of 1874’s goal as had Shaun Weaver in the 4th minute.

Two minutes after the restart 1874 took the lead when Smith met a Gardner free kick to volley the ball past a helpless Reid from six yards.

Antonie fired a shot across the face of 1874’s goal just before the hour mark. Just after the hour Sam Hare fired a shot over the Runcorn bar as did Smith from a free kick before 1874 doubled their lead in the 79th minute.

Gardner slipped the ball to Kyle Phipps, rounding the Runcorn defence and cutting inside the 1874 teenager from a tight angle drilled the ball in between Reid and his near post to open his account for the club.

Matt Woolley completed the scoring in the 89th minute, Gardner played a free kick low into Runcorn’s six yard area where Woolley beat Reid to the ball steering it into the net from close range.

As the game entered stoppage time 1874 goalkeeper Tony Aghayere pulled off a top class flying one handed save to palm away a long range Weaver spot.

1874 – Aghayere, Connor, Russell, Lever, Johnston, Ormrod ( M Woolley 66), Hind, Smith, McGowan (Phipps 69), Parker (Hare 60), Gardner. Subs not used L Jackson, Koral

RUNCORN – Reid, Wainwright (Garbe 50), Turner, Thelwall, James, Rodgers (Bandell Childs 60), Byrnes (Jennings 80), Weaver, France, Antoine, Exell. Subs not used McManus, Jarrett.

GOALS – 1874 Smith 47, Phipps 79, Woolley 89


Man of the match selected by match sponsor STEVE PARKER = Aaron Smith


1874 Northwich vs Whitchurch Alport

1874 Northwich 1 v 0 Whitchurch Alport

25th April 2019

by Matt Waters

After a 4-game winless run, 1874 managed to get over the line and secure a 1-0 victory against the side from Shropshire at the 4th time of attempting to fulfil the fixture at the St LukesBarton Stadium.

With this being the 3rd scheduled game out of 4 to be played this week, 1874 still named a strong starting 11 as the green and blacks were searching for only their second league win this month after beating Barnoldswick Town by 2 goals to nil.

The game as a whole once again had a strong feel of a typical end of season tie with nothing but pride at stake for either sidein what should be a good-natured tie. However, this feeling was marred by 2 serious incidents which saw 3 red cards given by the referee.

2 of these cards came just before the 15-minute mark as Mark Jones (1874) and Darren Campion (Alport) were caught grappling off the ball which resulted in altercations from both sets of players and some unsavoury scenes. However, the referee deemed Mark Jones and Darren Campion to be the only players worthy of cards and they both saw red, with many players lucky to escape bookings in a game that lacked chances up to this point.

The rest of the half continued in the same fashion as it started with 1874 dominating position but failing to create any clear-cut chances to break through the resilient Whitchurch defence who were now a man down. However just before half time 1874 broke the deadlock as a floated ball from Matty Russell on the left-hand side found right winger Mike Koral at the back post who’s half volley from just outside of the 6-yardbox nestled into the bottom corner to give the greens the lead at the break.

After the restart the half began slowly with once again 1874 controlling the game and dominating possestion but struggling to find the final ball to get a clear shot on goal. However, Whitchurch were by no means out of the game and nearly drew level as Leon Ashman rose at the back post but his header after 56 minutes failed to trouble Tony Aghayere and 74 remained in front.

The introduction of creative midfielder Aaron Smith, 10 minutes from time, made sure 1874 held their lead and almost played a key role in doubling it as a through ball played into the feet of McGowan whose effort was saved at point blank range by David Parton. The chances didn’t stop there for 1874 as Matt Woolley’s sweetly struck effort from 25 yards out clipped the post and Taylor Kennerley couldn’t quite latch on to a Sam Hind cross which saw the ball run all the way and out of play.

However, a quiet second half with no real bad tackles was completely overshadowed. A reckless challenge in the 93rdminute saw Alport’s Dylan Bath see red after he flew into a challenge bringing down Taylor Kennerley in what looked a serious injury and the referee blew for full time before tempers flared once again.

Thankfully Taylor’s injury isn’t as serious as first thought although he is left with cuts and swelling. This result sees 1874 pick up our first win in 4 games in our penultimate game at St Lukes Barton Stadium.

1874-Aghayere, Hind, Russell (Connor 82), Lever, Jackson, Jones (RED 14), Woolley, Parker (Smith 82), Koral, McGowan, Kennerley. Subs not used, Ormrod, Phipps and Gardener

Whitchurch Alport- Parton, Minshall, Chilcott, Campion (RED 14), Ashman, Goddard, Pickerill, Bath (RED 93), Hughes, Walsh, Johns. Subs not used, Bridge and Street.

GOAL- 1874 Mike Koral, 40th Minute



1874 Northwich vs Charnock Richard


By Garry Clarke

 1874 Northwich kicked off a typical end of season affair with Charnock Richard in spectacular style taking the lead in the first minute.

Sam Hare delivered a long diagonal pass into the path of Taylor Kennerley who cut inside to drill the ball past Charnock Keeper Kyle Haslam.

Jack Pritchard went close to adding a second in the 10th minute but his header from a free kick scrapped the top of the bar.

The visitors drew level in controversial circumstances in the 16th minute. Their first attack of the game resulted in a corner which when played into the 1874 penalty area struck a green shirted defender.

Referee Michael Crusham pointed to the penalty spot, amidst protests from several 1874 players the man in black consulted with his assistant and, with VAR not available at St Luke’s Barton Stadium, confirmed his original decision.

Carl Grimshaw successfully dispatched his spot kick.

Grimshaw went close again ten minutes later flicking a header just wide of the target, before Haslam tipped an Aaron Smith shot over the bar, from the resulting corner Mark Jones was just off target with a header.

There was little goalmouth action in the second half of an encounter between two evenly matched mid table teams playing on a difficult dusty pitch in high temperatures.

Just before the hour mark Scott McGowan raced onto a Lee Jackson pass played over the Charnock backline, 1874’s leading goalscorer fired in a shot from a tight angle which blocked at the near post by Haslam who a few minutes later watched a Callum Gardner shot from outside the area just clear his cross bar.

Grimshaw, the league’s leading goalscorer, through he had secured the three points for his side in the 82nd minute. Meeting a cross at the far post with a powerful header a couple of yards from goal he was about to celebrate when 1874 goalkeeper Tony Aghayere flew across the goal to brilliantly turn the ball around the post.

1874 – Aghayere, Hind. Russell, Pritchard (M Woolley 75), L Jackson, Jones, Gardner, Smith (Parker ht), McGowan, Hare, Kennerley (Koral 62). Subs not used Ormrod, Parker.

CHARNOCK – Haslam, Dashli, Walker, Young, Turner, O’Farrell, Davison (Dodd 90), Fairhurst, Grimshaw, Oxley (Noblet 69), Higham (Morris 62).

GOALS – 1874 Kennerley 1 Charnock Grimshaw 16 pen


1874 man of the match selected by match sponsor PETE BAKER = Sam Hare

1874 Northwich vs Barnoldswick Town



Tuesday 9th April 2019

1874’s impressive form of late continued with a convincing win against a strong Barnoldswick side at the St Lukes Barton Stadium

With games coming up thick and fast at this time of the season 1874’s management team understandably took the opportunity of both “resting” a few key players whilst at the same time introducing some younger players to gain experience and, all in all, everybody should have left the game in a good mood as there were so many positives taken out of the evening’s entertainment.

The unbeaten run was increased to six games thanks to two second half goals scored by two of 1874’s captains – Sam Hind who started the game and Matt Woolley – a substitute on the night.

As early as the 5th minute 1874 had a chance to open the scoring but after a fine forward run Kyle Phipps’ effort was cleared by the visitors defence and shortly afterwards another young 1874 player – Harry Johnston – had a chance but his header was off target. Johnston was making his debut and he continued to put in a very impressive performance.

Although Barnoldswick had a chance on the quarter hour mark they didn’t really trouble the 1874 defence but at the same time 1874’s own attacks tended to fall short with the final pass not being as productive as they might have been.

HT 0 – 0

At the start of the second half Barnoldswick pushed forward and created a couple of half chances but 187’s keeper  Tony Aghayere and his defenders looked comfortable with their defensive duties.

1874 almost opened the scoring on the hour mark when Mark Jones headed just wide of the post when he would normally have “buried” the opportunity.

There were two more narrow misses when Jake Parker on both occasions had the  chance to score via his long ranged shots but was thwarted on each occasion

Eventually the opening goal arrived and it was no surprise that it was for 1874. Phipps did some excellent work in midfield before slipping a lovely well-waited pass into the path of Sam Hind who easily slotted the ball into the net for his first goal of the season.

This goal took the pressure off 1874 and six minutes later the game was effectively “in the bag” when Matt Woolley headed the ball into the net from six yards out.

All in all this was another inspired performance by 1874 and particularly as the starting eleven included four players who had only had seven previous starts in the side and Harry Johnston was making his debut and what a debut it was as he was also the Man of the Match following his all-round impressive performance

1874:Aghayere; Lever; Jackson (Lee); Johnston; Meadowcroft (rep by M Jones); Ormrod (rep by Woolley); Hind (Capt); Parker; Phipps; Smith & Gardner (rep by Waite-Jackson)

Unused subs: Kennerley & Koral


17 year-old Harry Johnston received his Player of the Match award from Board member John Coats(obviously 17 year old Harry will keep this until his forthcoming 18th birthday)

1874 Northwich vs Congleton Town


 Two early goals paved the way for 1874 Northwich to ease their way into the Macron Cup final where they will face  HSL Premier Division leaders City of Liverpool who defeated First Division North Avro in the other semi-final.

 Trying to recover a five goal deficit from the first leg, Congleton Town were quick out of the blocks forcing a corner in the first minute from which Tony Aghayere  reacted to well to save from Emini Adegbenro. The 1874 keeper was in action moments later plucking a dangerous William Hasler-Clegg cross out of the air.

 1874 settled any possible nerves in the 3rd minute when Callum Gardner met a Jack Irlam cross with a sweetly struck angled volley which flew into the Bears’ net.

 Craig Ellison was beaten again six minutes later when Mike Koral was on hand to tap the ball home from close range when the Congleton goalkeeper saved but could not hold a Gardner shot.

 The first half ended with 1874 in the ascendancy with Korsal having a shot blocked and Gardner sending a diving header just over the bar, while the second half started with Aghayere diving full length to divert a long range Dean Warburton shot to safety.

The game was held up for ten minutes in the second half when referee Richard Holmes pulled up with a calf injury. Winsford resident and Sunday League referee Phil Jones emerged from the 258 strong crowd to take over on the line as senior assistant Matthew Clarke assumed control of the game.

Once the game resumed, although both sides had a number of attempts on goal, both goalkeepers were virtual spectators as neither side went too close to troubling the scorers as 1874 controlled the closing stages to ensure passage to the final on 4th May at Altrincham’s Moss Lane ground.

 1874 – Aghayere, Connor (Hind 70), Russell, Pritchard, Meadowcroft, Jones, Gardner, Irlam (Ormrod 15), Koral, Hare, Kennerley (Phipps 75). Subs not used M Woolley, McGowan.
CONGLETON – Ellison, Stephens, Speed, McLennan, Morris, Griffith, Hasler-Clegg, Warburton, Foster, Main, Adenbenro. Subs used Jamieson, Donnellyy, Hunter. Subs not used Pritchard, Peters.

 GOALS – 1874 Gardner 3, Koral 9

ATTENDANCE 258                               REFEREE Richard Holmes

Man of the match selected by match sponsors THE 1874 CAR SHARE = Mark Jones