Wincham Park - 1874 Northwich F.C.

Witton Albion vs 1874 Northwich

1874 made the short journey to Wincham Park for this semi final tie and despite the excellent support from a strong contingent of supporters they couldn’t manage to quite reach the high standards of performance that have been seen for most of this season.

That said 1874 did create the first goal scoring opportunity in the third minute when skipper Matt Woolley found Harry Cain with an inch perfect  pass from 35 yards out but Cain’s effort was easily saved. Then in the 10th minute it was the turn of 1874’s custodian – Aghayere to shine as he too produced an excellent save in denying Hooper.

This attack was in fact the start of a confident, continued  attacking spell by Witton  and it needed more good work from Aghayere and his defenders to keep the home side from scoring  but as the half time break neared Witton did open the scoring with a goal from Isaac Baldwin.

Buoyed by taking the lead, Witton looked more confident and they increased their lead with a goal from Owen in the 49th minute. This set back obviously made the task even more difficult for 1874 but they stuck to their task valiantly.

Two of 1874’s younger players – Lucas Weir and Nathan Okome – both played well and on another day they might have had more to show for their performances but after Witton had scored their third goal by Hooper just over the hour mark 1874’s misery was complete when the usually reliable skipper Matt Woolley saw his penalty easily saved by the home keeper.

But despite this we are sure that Matt, very much like the rest of those at 1874, would have been so delighted to see his brother Joe Woolley back on the field for 1874.


Witton Albion vs 1874 Northwich

1874 beat Albion on penalties after second half comeback

Witton 2-2 1874 (3-4 pens):


1874 Northwich beat Witton Albion on penalties in the Cheshire Senior Cup first round, after clawing back a two goal deficit at Wincham Park on Tuesday night.

Goalkeeper Tony Aghayere proved to be the hero, as his third save of the penalty shootout cemented 1874’s passage into the competition’s next stage.

It was the home side who started the better of the two and with just under ten minutes played, they opened the scoring through MJ Monaghan’s strike from outside the box, sending the ball past Aghayere who was left rooted.

1874 soon started to get into the match after going behind and in the 25th minute it looked as though they were going to be given a penalty after Mike Koral appeared to have been tripped in the Witton box, but the referee waved it away and booked Koral for diving.

After not getting this decision, things got worse for 1874 as Witton put together an attack on the right and Billy Smart ran into the box, playing the ball across for an untracked Isaac Baldwin to sweep into the net.

Half time came and 1874 almost certainly needed the break to re-group and go again in the second half.

And this they did as they came out on the front foot in the opening five minutes of the half, as Harry Cain was able to test Witton keeper Ryan Nield early on at his near post.

Scott McGowan saw his effort from inside the box blocked well near the goal line by the home defence, who were under a lot more pressure than in the previous 45 minutes.

1874 looked a completely different side following the break, as numerous shots rained down on the Witton goal, but the hosts back line stood firm.

The much needed goal finally came for 1874, after defender Baldwin headed Lee Knight’s cross into his own net to give the visitors a lifeline with just over ten minutes remaining.

1874 pushed on to get what would be a deserved equaliser in the final minutes, and their efforts were rewarded when, following a corner as the game entered injury time, McGowan collected the ball from Ryan Mitchell’s header back across goal, before he finished from inside the six yard box to level matters.

With seconds to go on the clock, 1874 almost claimed victory in normal time, as Knight’s long range effort forced Nield to push the ball away to keep his side in the tie, sending the game to penalties.

After six penalties each, the sides were level at 3-3 heading into sudden death. 1874 left-back Matthew Russell stepped up and brilliantly dispatched his spot-kick into the net.

That left it for Aghayere to become the man to send 1874 through and he didn’t disappoint, saving Smart’s effort superbly down low to his left.

This then signaled another increase in the noise level as the 1874 players celebrated a fantastic comeback with their obviously delighted supporters.

Report by Joe Dutton


Northwich Victoria vs 1874 Northwich

On Thursday evening 1874 lost this semi-final game by two goals to nil.
The first goal was a penalty and the second was an excellent finish by a substitute

Northwich Victoria vs 1874 Northwich


By Garry Clarke


 It had to happen one day; at the eighth attempt 1874 Northwich’s colours were finally lowered by Northwich Victoria.

The home side was deserved winners of the Northwich derby at Wincham Park against opponents shorn of several leading players. Their direct style of play caused 1874 problems throughout an open game which saw play switch from end to end.

Both teams pressed forward from the opening whistle, Vics sensed enjoying the beter of the opening exchange . Jack Lever blocked Darrhyl Mason’s shot following confusion in the 1874 defence before Rob Doran spun away from his marker prompting custodian James Coates to save smartly with his feet.

1874’s best chance fell to Mike Koral who saw his hot blocked by a Vics defender who threw his body in the way of the ball.

The deadlock was broken in the 25th minute when Harvey Whyte floated a free kick into 1874’s penalty area, missed by Coates the ball found Andrew Fitzgerald who headed home despite a desperate attempt to clear the ball as it entered the net by Jack Pritchard.

Mason went close to adding second moments later but lifted his shot from close range over the bar.

1874 rallied and ended the first half in the ascendancy. Pritchard shot inches wide of the target from a corner before Vics goalkeeper Danny Tabener pulled off a good save to deny Taylor Kennerley from the edge of the area, and reacted quickly to stop Scott McGowan from netting the rebound.

Tabener was unable to prevent 1874 going into the half time break on level terms. Koral combined with James Ormrod to set up Sam Hare on the stroke of half time, receiving the ball from Koral Hare burst through the Vics rearguard and although Tabener got a hand on the ball as Hare’s shot flew past him into the net.

A few minutes into the second half Tabener came to his sides rescue saving from McGowan after Vics had struggled to clear a corner.

In the 50th minute with 1874’s defence stretched, Vics broke down field, Whyte’s shot beat Coates but the covering Paul Connor cleared off the line.

Vics regained the lead in the 58th minute when 1874 failed, again, to deal with a Whyte free kick allowing Doran to head home via the underside of the cross bar. Vics increased their advantage ix minutes later, Whyte was given the time and space in the 1874 penalty area to turn and shoot past Coates.

1874 halved the deficit in the 69th minute when McGowan sent Tabener the wrong way from the penalty spot after Jack Fleming brought down Koral with a rash, needless, challenge.

Searching for an equaliser 1874 could not find a way through a well organised Vics defence who played out time to secure the win.

Vics  Taberner , Camozzi, Fitzgerald, Barski, Fleming, Whyte, Cooke, Clarke, Brownhill (Darr 87), Doran (Craig 90), Mason Subs not used Whittle, Kenny, Monson

1874  Coates, Connor, Lever, Pritchard, Lee Jackson, Ormrod (Waite-Jackson 65), Irlam, Koral, Hare, Kennerley, McGowan Subs not used Gardner, Johnstone, Phipps, Rigby

Goals Vics Fitzgerald 25, Doran 58, Whyte 64   1874 Hare 45, McGowan 69 (pen)

Referee Dale Baines                           Attendance 417

1874 Northwich vs Thatcham Town

1874 Northwich 2-3 Thatcham Town

FA Vase semi-final second leg

The stage was set at Wincham Park last Saturday for more history to be made in a remarkable season so far from 1874 but alas the greens failed to reach the final at Wembley in May but they did so with dignity and all of their efforts in this competition were acknowledged by the biggest attendance at any 1874 game.

Trailing by just a single goal (scored very early in the game at Thatcham a week ago) the home side were optimistic of turning this around but unfortunately the visitors had other ideas and were celebrating just three minutes into this game when they opened the scoring through the star player – Gavin James – who scored with ease inside the area when a free kick was fortuitously deflected into his path.

Of course this goal meant that the real score line in the tie was 2-0 to the visitors and 1874’s plans had changed so early in the encounter. In truth it became difficult to play their normal fluent football that had served them well so far on this wonderful cup run and try as they did the breaks needed just didn’t arrive. An equalizing goal would certainly have helped the cause but in the 22nd minute another goal was scored but again it was Thatcham and their following who were doing the celebrating as James netted his second goal after reacting quickly to a loose ball following a corner.

It was certainly an uphill task now for 1874 but urged on by an excellent crowd they tried their best to “get into the game” and just before half time the hopes were raised as Scot McGowan converted a penalty to make the score 1-2 and 1874 buoyed by this enjoyed their best spell of the half as they threatened the Thatcham goal with a string of half chances from set pieces with Ryan Jackson going closest to equalising as his shot was cleared off the line.

The half-time whistle was not what 1874 wanted whilst their opponents probably did need to have a break and listen to their manager’s instructions for the second 45 minutes.

At the start of the second half the noise from the home supporters was at its’ highest and expectations were high for another memorable “cup comeback” but for the third time in this semi-final encounter 1874 conceded a goal at the start of a 45 minute period when Cooper Clark netted after being set up by James

1874 now needed three goals to take the tie into extra time and they did manage to create chances. Jake Parker’s effort was saved by the boot of Thatcham’s goalkeeper at the expense of a corner and substitute Taylor Kennerley made the keeper work hard to keep out another goal wards effort but the only reward for all of this late pressure was a strong headed goal by Matt Woolley from a corner in the 69th minute.

1874: Hall (GK), Connor (Riley 57), Mitchell, Pritchard, Lee Jackson, Parker, Matthew Woolley (Fallon 70), Jones, Hind (Kennerley 51), McGowan, Ryan Jackson

Subs not used Whitlock & Meadowcroft – Goals McGowan 44 (pen), Matthew Woolley 69

Thatcham win 4-2 on aggregate – Referee Neil Hair – Attendance 1,693

1874 Northwich vs Runcorn Town




1874 Northwich have developed a knack of scoring late goals this season, and it took an 88th minute winner to defeat Runcorn Town in an at time scrappy, disjointed game.

Arriving at Witton Albion’s Wincham Park ground 4th in the Hallmark Security League table, Runcorn Town were forced onto the back foot straight from the kick off as 1874 went in search of an early goal.

Goalkeeper Adam Reid was forced to turn a Shelton Payne cross behind in the 2nd minute. Struggling to clear the resulting corner Runcorn allowed Scott McGowan time and pace in the area to shoot, Reid reacted well to save.

On debut, having signed in midweek from Atherton Collieries, Reid was unable to prevent McGowan from opening the scoring in the 7th minute. 1874’s leading scorer ran onto a Payne pass, skipped round Reid to fire into an empty net for his 24th goal of the season.

The visitors started to find their feet and subjected the 1874 rearguard to a sustained period of pressure before Kazim Waite-Jackson fired a shot narrowly wide of the target after good play to set him up by debutant and man of the match Sam Freakes.

Run corn drew level in the 30th minute. While trying to dribble the ball away from goal, Greg Hall was tackled by Simon Thelwall, recovering quickly 1874’s custodian managed to force the ball out for a corner. Flicked on at the near post, the ball arrived at the far post where the unmarked Thelwall had the simple task of heading home from close range.

Two minutes later Thewall’s surging run into the heart of the 1874 defence was halted by a foul on the edge of the area. Thelwall struck the dead ball round the defensive wall but was denied a second goal by a flying one handed save by Hall who palmed the ball away to safety.

Ten minutes into the second half racing onto a through ball Thelwall unleashed a first time volley which Hall did well to tip wide. 1874 struggled to clear the resulting corner which eventually fell to Runcorn’s Marcus James. His shot was diverted, amidst Runcorn appeal for hand ball, for another corner by a desperate 1874 defender who threw his body in the line of fire.

1874 were reduced to ten men in the 76th minute when Lee Jackson was red carded having received two yellows in a ten minute spell.

With time running out and a draw looking likely, 1874 struck to maintain their 100%record against Runcorn Town. Adam Whitlock delivered a corner from the left which was met at the near post by Jake Parker who steered his header into the net to secure all three points for 1874.

1874- Hall, Connor, L Jackson, Pritchard, Mitchell, M Jones, Whitlock, Freakes (Parker 75), McGowan, Waite-Jackson (M Woolley ht), Payne (R Jackson 69). Subs not used Riley, Lever.

RUNCORN – Reid, Turner, Evans, James, Dowling, McManus (Wilson-Jones 90), Holt, Exell (Roxburgh 79), Thelwall, Read (Cairns 73), Hassall. Subs not used Jarrett, Maguire.

GOALS 1874 – McGowan 7, Parker 88 Runcorn Thelwall 30