Charnock lost 3-1 at home to Irlam. Troy Carsley scored the only goal for the villagers.
Chartnock Richard 1 Irlam 3
Saturday 30th March 2019, Hallmark Security League Premier Division
CHARNOCK RICHARD 1
Attendance : 122
Charnock Richard: Jake Eastwood, Spencer Bibby, James Walker (Oliver Oxley 60), Ashley Young, Oliver Turner, Ross O’Farrell (Owen Morris 80), Joe Noblet, Nathan Fairhurst, Carl Grimshaw, Troy Carsley (Aaron Griffith 73), Jake Higham.
Irlam: Lee White, Zach Dulson, Andre Stewart, Charlie Doyle, Conor Braithwaite, Karl Cassell, Liam Pollitt, Dan Eyres, Jordan Buckley, Matt Boland, Connor Martin (Haydn Foulds 85). Subs: (Not Used) Edward Griffiths, Callum McCarty, David Jones.
Charnock Richard’s chances of finishing in the top six took a knock with this 3-1 defeat in a game that produced few chances and failed to achieve the standards expected at Mossie Park. The first half saw little goalmouth action until Irlam took the lead a minute before the break. Charnock made a lively start to the second half and quickly equalised but they failed to maintain the pressure and the visitors, in a three minute spell, scored twice to depart with all three points.
Injuries again affected the squad with both Matt Davison and Mark Woods failing to recover from the knocks they suffered at Abbey Hey. In fact the latter may now be out for the rest of the season along with Danny Regan who last played back in November. Ryan Schofield was still recovering from his road accident. So Jake Higham came in for Davison and with keeper Kyle Haslam unavailable due to a family wedding Jake Eastwood stepped up again from the Reserves. Once again there were only three substitutes, Oliver Oxley and Aaron Griffith were joined by new signing Owen Morris who had made his debut for the Reserves the previous week.
Irlam won the toss and the Villagers kicked off playing towards the Mawdesley Plantation end on a bright afternoon with little wind. The first real chance of the game came after four minutes when Grimshaw brought down a ball from the left but his left footed shot went beyond the far post. Jake Higham then produced a through ball that resulted in keeper Lee White having to leave his area to beat Grimshaw to the ball. It became apparent that the formation of the Charnock team had changed although the personnel had remained largely the same as the previous game. Ross O’Farrell was playing in the back four with Ashley Young operating in midfield and Nathan Fairhurst was supporting Carl Grimshaw. Bibby ventured forward through the middle after 12 minutes and Higham beat the keeper to his pass but then put his centre out for a goal kick. When after 18 minutes Noblet sent Bibby away down the right the resulting attempt at a centre was turned away for a corner from which O’Farrell’s header was diverted for another corner. On an excellently prepared pitch the Villagers were failing to take charge and up the tempo of the game and as the game progressed neither side were troubling the goalkeepers and overall the standard of the play was disappointing. There was 35 minutes on the clock before Boland had the visitor’s first shot, his effort curving wide. A minute later Doyle had their second, again off target. Oliver Turner was then in to block Stewart before the visitors took the lead on 44 minutes. Connor Martin timed his run in from the left well to meet a cross from the right and gave Eastwood no chance to give Irlam the lead. Just before the half time whistle Turner had to receive treatment after tackling Pollitt as he cut in from the right. 1-0 down at the break Charnock had to improve in the second half if they were to get anything from the game.
After what must have been a frank exchange during the interval the Villagers certainly upped their game at the start of the second half and equalised within three minutes. A Bibby free kick from the right, out near the half way line, saw White save a Grimshaw header but he failed to hang onto the ball and finally CARSLEY turned the ball home from close range. It was his first goal for Charnock. Almost immediately a Noblet centre again found Grimshaw’s head and Higham did well to have a close range shot from an acute angle which White turned away for a corner. Charnock should have taken the lead after 54 minutes, a great through ball from Young found Grimshaw and he cut into the area with the visiting defenders appealing for offside but Carl hit his shot high over the bar. As the hour mark approached Charnock lost impetus and Irlam really threatened with Bibby having to head Cassell’s close range header of the line. On 60 minutes Walker had to leave the field with an injury with Oxley coming on to play on the right, Noblet moved to the left and Higham dropped to left back. A Bibby free kick from the right saw the ball come out to Fairhurst but his first time volley was wide. Irlam regained the lead on 67 minutes, a diagonal cross from the right was missed by the home defence and Martin again beat Eastwood this time from close range at the back post. The visitors scored a third goal three minutes later when O’Farrell was robbed on the half way line by Buckley who went clear to beat Eastwood with a fierce shot right into the top angle of the goal. With Charnock continuing to produce a below par performance it was difficult to see the Villagers coming back into the game and so it proved with Irlam, relatively comfortably, seeing out the remaining 20 minutes. Charnock brought on their two young substitutes Aaron Griffith for Carsley after 73 minutes and ex Morecambe academy player Owen Morris, replaced O’Farrell on 80 minutes. Both played in midfield and made an impact with some neat accurate passes. On 90 minutes an excellent pass from Griffith found Noblet and White pulled off the save of the game turning his powerful shot away for a corner. Eastwood, following his impressive debut, back in December produced another satisfactory performance in goal although he had few shots to deal with all three goals giving him no chance.
The crowd of 122 must have been disappointed after seeing a succession of entertaining games at Mossie Park this season but all teams have off days but with several difficult fixtures still to play it is to be hoped that the injury list can be reduced before Charnock play their next game in 10 days’ time.
With no fixture on Saturday 6th April, the friendly against Ashton Town having been cancelled, Charnock travel to Ashton Athletic on Tuesday 9th April kick-off 7.45pm.