Charnock were knocked out of the Reusch Division 1 Cup losing 4-1 at Mossie Park to Widnes. Josh Norgate scored the goal.
The Academy had a fine 5-1 win over Lostock St Gerard's at home, Burton and Burne both scored 2 with Brayden adding the other goal.
Charnock Richard 1 Widnes 4
Saturday 4th December 2016, Reusch Division 1 League Cup Quarter Final
CHARNOCK RICHARD 1
Team: Adam Halton, Ross O’Farrell, Josh Norgate (Danny Nolan 80), Mike Fletcher, Luke Gibson, Anthony Hough (Danny Marland 42), Lewis Swarbrick, Nathan Fairhurst, Carl Grimshaw, Oliver Evans, David Prout (Damian Dashti 67). Sub: (Not Used) Dan Crofts.
The final 4-1 score line suggests that Charnock were soundly beaten in this 3rd Round Reusch Division 1 Cup tie but nothing could be further from the truth, the home side failed to convert a good number of chances whilst Widnes were far more deadly. The two final goals for Widnes came in the final minutes when the Villagers were committed to attack in a vain attempt to save the tie. Charnock should have had the game tied up in the first half creating four one-on-one chances, two in the first six minutes but failure to convert them proved to be the decisive moments in the game. A cruel deflection resulted in the visitors having a one goal lead at the interval but when Charnock equalised midway through the second half a disappointing spell of defending only minutes later saw them again fall behind and have to chase the game.
Suspensions and injuries once again restricted manager Andy Westwell’s selections, with both Danny Smith (injured) and Mark Adams (suspended) unavailable both of whom have made such an impact this season down the wings, Spencer Bibby was completing his four match suspension, Alex Porter and David Burrows were unavailable and Ashley Young and Sam Parkinson were out with long term injuries. There was however some good news with Danny Nolan returning from his latest spell of coaching in the USA on the previous Wednesday and he was pressed into joining Danny Marland and Damian Dashti on the bench. Dan Crofts was the substitute goalkeeper.
It was an overcast afternoon but there was little wind and 130 spectators turned up for this cup tie. Charnock kicked off playing towards the Mawdesley Plantation end.
It was a blistering start from the Villagers with Oliver Evans breaking clear down the left in the first minute keeper Richard Mottram beating his shot out for a corner. The same player then broke down the left again this time his cross was just too far in front of Carl Grimshaw. The Widnes defence was at sixes and sevens and on six minute it was Grimshaw bursting clear but his final shot was weak and straight at Mottram. It was an exciting opening to the game and set the standard for the remainder of the match with both teams committed to attack and playing at a high tempo. Despite missing the pace of Smith and Adams Charnock in Oliver Evans have a player whose speed will trouble any defence and with Widnes having the ability to attack at pace there was plenty of goalmouth action to keep the crowd happy.
The Lomax brothers were a handful when they came with St Helens to Mossie Park earlier in the season and once again they produced a number of dangerous moments in the home defence. Chris Lomax producing the visitors’ first effort on 17 minutes but his shot was wide.
Evans then brought a fine save out of Mottram who had a fine game making several important saves for Widnes. When Oliver Evans got clear again his lack of confidence in his right foot was evident when he hesitated in shooting and the ball was eventually bundled out for a corner. The game continued to be end to end but it was the home side that were carving out the real chances and Charnock’s failure to convert them told in the 32nd minute when a shot from Tom Mitchell took a deflection right in front of Adam Halton and he had no chance in making a save. There was further disappointment for Charnock when Anthony Hough had to be substituted on 42 minutes due to an injury Danny Marland coming on to play on the right.
The second half started with first George Lomax breaking clear but he failed to beat Halton and a minute later it was Evans being played clear by Grimshaw and once again it was Mottram bringing off another fine save. Charnock continued to chase an equaliser but Halton had to make a flying save to thwart Ross McDowell. Evans was brought down as he attempted to go clear the referee deciding that it was not a goal scoring chance so just yellow card issued. The team in green finally found the net on 64 minutes when a right wing corner found its way through to the back post where Norgate made no mistake. With hopes now high that Charnock could go on and win the tie poor defending allowed the visitors to again take the lead when a cross from the by-line on the right found George Lomax unmarked in front of goal and he had an easy conversion. Damian Dashti immediately came on for David Prout and it was a case of Charnock throwing caution to the winds in an attempt to save the tie. O’Farrell had a shot over the bar and then Swarbrick shot wide but the visitors’ defence now looked much more secure than in the first half. Charnock added to their strikers on the pitch when Danny Nolan replaced Josh Norgate and the lack of defenders saw Widnes score twice in the final five minutes both times from crosses from the right. The final score was largely immaterial whether you lose 2-1 or 4-1 you still are not in the draw for the next round.
So in the last four weeks Charnock have been knocked out of four cup competitions, it is fair to say that with a little bit of luck they could have won all of them but the failure to convert chances along with conceding some fluky goals has been the reason for the lack of progress.
Tuesday 18th October when Charnock won against Atherton LR was the last league game completed by the Villagers and they return to league duty on Wednesday when they travel to Cheadle Town with a 7.45 pm kick off. On Saturday 10th December they host Ashton Town at Mossie Park kick off 3.00pm.