Charnock won 2-1 against Barnoldswick Town in their first home fixture of the season. Matt Davison and Carl Grimshaw scored the goals.
Charnock Richard 2 Barnoldswick Town 1
Tuesday 6th August 2019, NWCFL Premier Division
CHARNOCK RICHARD 2
BARNOLDSWICK TOWN 1
Attendance : 164
Charnock Richard: Ben Ascroft. Spencer Bibby, James Walker, Mark Woods, Ross O’Farrell, Jack Bennett (Lewis Haydock 71), Matt Davison, Nathen Fairhurst, Carl Grimshaw, Oliver Oxley (Jack Kay 69), Danny Regan.
Subs: (Not Used) Aaron Griffith, Rick Ainscough, Ryan Schofield.
Barnoldswick Town: Ryan Livesey, Ashley Brierley (Sean Cookson 77), Jake McEneaney, Harry Thompson (Andrew Hill 52), Marc Young, Shaun Airey, Joel Melia (Niall Sultan 52), Ethen Kershaw, Richard Seear, Joe Noblet, Alex Ralph.
Subs: (Not Used) Luke Gibson, James Crorken.
Charnock bounced back after their 3-2 defeat in the first game of the season at Rylands on the previous Saturday with this 2-1 win over Barnoldswick Town and the margin of victory should have been greater. The Villagers had an excellent start to the game taking the lead in the first minute but they failed to convert several good chances and only led by the one goal at the interval. Barnoldswick made a lively start to the second half and equalised but perhaps the turning point in the game came when Barnoldswick had a player dismissed with half an hour remaining. The Villagers took advantage and regained the lead; there were several further chances for Charnock to score but again these were not converted and the game saw a further two red cards, one for each team, late in the match. All three dismissals were for stupid actions because the game overall was played in a good spirit.
There was just one change in the Charnock starting line-up with Spencer Bibby, back from holiday, preferred to Aaron Griffith in defence. Ryan Schofield, although named on the bench, was struggling with a cut on his forehead suffered late in the game against Rylands.
The Barnoldswick squad featured three players who recently have been at Mossie Park, Luke Gibson, Joe Noblett and Alex Ralph. It was a fine evening, the pitch was in superb condition and there was a good attendance of 164 who were suitably entertained.
Charnock had a dream start scoring after only 50 seconds, Nathan Fairhurst produced a neat pass over the top that saw both Oxley and DAVISON burst clear, Matt took the initiative and hit the ball across keeper Livesey into the far side of the net. Charnock made the most of their lead knocking the ball around neatly on the excellent surface and little was seen of the visitors offensively in the early stages of the game. Regan got his head to a free kick, it went straight to Livesey but he was offside anyway. A Fairhurst cross set Grimshaw up for a volley just beyond the back post but Livesey caught his effort. With pace on both wings, as usual, Charnock were carrying a real threat. Barnoldswick were not afraid to get forward and a right wing corner resulted in a ball being cleared off the Charnock goal line. Charnock were producing some really quick passing football and when Bennett neatly found Davison his first time centre saw Livesey doing well to turn a Grimshaw header around the post. Seear was booked for a dive in the Charnock penalty area after 24 minutes. A break by Charnock after Ralph swung in a free kick saw Davison, Bennett and Fairhurst set up Bibby but his shot/cum centre drifted away beyond the far post. Ex-Charnock player Joe Noblett almost equalised on 28 minutes hitting a fierce shot that Ascroft did well to divert over the bar. Then McEneaney hit a shot over the bar. A through pass found Seear in the box, Ascroft was out but failed to make contact but the visiting striker failed to control the ball and it drifted out for a goal kick. When Oxley flicked on a long ball Grimshaw was clear on goal but Livesey anticipated his shot and made a great save. In the final minute of the first half Charnock had a golden opportunity to increase their lead; a fine move started by Bibby saw a series of quick, accurate passes set up Oxley right in front of an open goal. The fans were already shouting “goal” but somehow the striker managed to hit the ball wide. Very disappointing but how many times do we see players on enormous amounts of money fail to score in similar circumstances? However, 2-0 at the interval would have been more representative of the balance of play.
As usual with sides that are behind at the interval Barnoldswick came out with renewed enthusiasm in the second half but despite claiming more of the possession they failed to really trouble Ben Ascroft in the Charnock goal. Davison got down the right but Livesey was out to his cross to claim the ball in front of Grimshaw. On 52 minutes Barlick decided to freshen up their team and Hill and Sultan replaced Thompson and Melia. A minute later the home defence was breached and Seear was in on goal but his effort went narrowly beyond the far post. It was an excellent opportunity to level the scores but only a minute later the same player had the chance to put his head on a Sultan cross and divert the ball just inside the post. Obviously it was a real boost for the visitors and they then had their brightest period of the game with Noblet going down in the area under a tackle but the referee uninterested. Charnock broke and Oxley flicked a ball to Regan but his attempt to put the same player in on goal was too close to Livesey. One of the critical actions of the match occurred on 61 minutes when substitute Sultan threw the ball at Bibby and received a red card. The visitors, down to 10 men, obviously struggled as Charnock again picked up their game. What turned out to be the winning goal came on 68 minutes when a simple ball played over the top by Bibby saw GRIMSHAW quicker to the ball than Livesey and he scored his 300th goal for the club and his 430th in all competitions. A wonderful achievement! A minute later Oxley gave way to Jack Kay who was making his home debut. He immediately made an impact gathering the ball near the bye-line just left of the goal he made space but his shot was sliced high and wide. Then there was another home debut with Lewis Haydock replacing Jack Bennett. With less than 20 minutes remaining it was now a case of Charnock holding onto their lead. Brierley shot wide from distance to initially cause some concern for the home supporters. On 80 minutes Kay side stepped the keeper and his left foot shot looked as if it was going into an empty net but superbly Young got back to hack the ball off the line.
Charnock were reduced to 10 men on 84 minutes when surprisingly Mark Woods was shown a red card after very foolishly following a tangle with an opponent. Two very petty offences both correctly punished with an early bath. Charnock should have finished the game off after 86 minutes, a quick break saw Regan in on the right he could have shot from an angle but he rolled the ball across to KAY but from only yards out he shot past the post. With two minutes elapsed of the four minutes added time Ric Seear went in for a loose ball catching Ascroft after he had gathered the ball and there was a bit of a rumpus as the Charnock players re-acted. In any football such action on goalkeepers is disappointing but in games where players have to work to earn a living it is totally unacceptable. The referee only decided that it deserved a yellow card but that was enough to send the player on the way to the dressing rooms.
The final whistle confirmed the home victory and Charnock could be satisfied with three points in their first home game of the season. The visitors had, as expected, provided a difficult challenge but the Villagers had produced some periods of excellent football and thoroughly deserved their win.
Attention immediately reverted to the Villager’s home tie in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup on Saturday, 10th August, when Liverpool based side Lower Breck are the visitors. Kick-off is at 3.00pm as usual.