Charnock sealed a comfortable 5-2 win at Cheadle Town. The scorers were Oliver Evans 2, Carl Grimshaw 2 and Mark Adams.
Cheadle Town 2 Charnock Richard 5
Wednesday 7th December 2016 Hallmark Security North West Counties League Division 1
CHEADLE TOWN 2
CHARNOCK RICHARD 5
Team: Adam Halton, Ross O’Farrell (Damian Dashti 72), Josh Norgate, Mike Fletcher, Luke Gibson, David Prout (Anthony Hough 72), Spencer Bibby (Lewis Swarbrick 72), Nathan Fairhurst, Carl Grimshaw, Oliver Evans, Mark Adams.
Charnock Richard celebrated a return to league action with this fine 5-2 victory at Park Road over Cheadle Town after a run of six consecutive cup ties. By thus so doing the ‘Villagers’ achieved the league ‘double’ over the Cheshire side following their 6-1 mauling of Town at Mossie Park back on the 8th October. The win maintained Charnock’s challenge near the top of Division 1 and now sees the Charter Lane side in a strong position in the table; lying third and having games in hand on the top two; leaders Whitchurch Alport and second placed City Of Liverpool. Charnock stamped their authority on proceedings right from the off, scoring within five minutes of the opening of the game to set the pattern for a match that they were largely to dominate throughout.
The back four remained the same from the 1-4 reverse at home to Widnes on the previous Saturday in the Division 1 Cup. However, manager Andy Westwell made a couple of changes to his line-up with Spencer Bibby returning from a four match ban to replace Lewis Swarbrick in midfield and in-form midfielder-come-striker, Mark Adams, also returning to the fold following a one match suspension and taking the place of Anthony Hough who was not fully fit. Both Hough and Swarbrick joined Damian Dashti on the bench. Unavailable to the Charnock boss was ‘new boy’, Richard Ainscough. Confirmation of the player’s transfer from Premier Division outfit West Didsbury & Chorlton was received too late for him to have been considered for selection.
It was a most unusually warm December evening as Charnock kicked off, resplendent in their new yellow apparel. Park Road lay directly under the flight path of Manchester Airport and the game was duly played out to the sound of climbing aircraft taking off every five minutes or more. However, it was the visitors who soared into the lead on 4 minutes when leading marksman, Carl Grimshaw, rose above the home defence in typical style to firmly plant home a header from a Spencer Bibby free-kick from the left. Cheadle responded on 9 minutes and Rhys Webb fired just over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty box at the other end following some fine work down the right flank by Richard Wyhatt. However, the visitors looked menacing and went two goals ahead in the 12th minute when Oliver Evans completely outpaced the home rearguard before finishing in style past the stranded Dane Smith in the Cheadle goal. Two minutes later David Prout fired just beyond the Cheadle crossbar following a neat Nathan Fairhurst cross from the left as Charnock threatened to overwhelm their guests.
With Charnock forcing the pace the home team were reduced to spasmodic attacks. However, Town had their chances and one such saw right-fullback Matthew Todd smack in a crisp low drive from the edge of the visitor’s box which was well fielded by goalkeeper Adam Halton. Charnock responded to this bit of audacity immediately with the pacy Evans firing over the bar after being set up by Prout. Town came again on 38 minutes and Luke Hincks was desperately unlucky not to have reduced the homesters deficit, when narrowly heading past the goalpost after a fine cross from the left by Whyatt. Hincks, who had been cautioned in the 41st minute did however enjoy a bit of real fortune a couple of minutes later, when he got off with a mere telling off by referee Chris Thompson after unceremoniously clattering Charnock skipper, Josh Norgate from behind as the full-back moved away with the ball.
The second period got off to a carbon copy start to that of the first-half; with a Charnock goal. Grimshaw and Evans, who are quickly gelling together as a lethal combination, took advantage of some rank bad defending to provide the lively Mark Adams with a goal his performance deserved. He fired home from close in on 46 minutes to put the result beyond any reasonable doubt. Evans and Grimshaw were at it again moments later but ‘Grimmy’s’ effort was just off target. The fourth Charnock goal was not long in coming when Oliver Evans exchanged passes with Bibby on the edge of the Town box before finding the corner of the net with a powerfully struck low drive for his second of the night. Not to be outdone Carl Grimshaw finished off a smart three-man move started by Adams on the hour mark which saw Evans find the head of his co-striker who finished off with great aplomb. Impressively, it was Grimshaw’s second strike of the night and his 24th of the season.
There then followed two carbon copy incidents played out by the same two individuals which brought Town two goals. Charnock defender Mike Fletcher brought down the very impressive Thabiso Magida just inside the box on 65 minutes as the youngster was in full flight and heading straight towards the visitor’s goal like a dart. Magida scored confidently from the resultant penalty. After this Cheadle played some of their best football as the visitors appeared to take their foot off the pedal. In added time, exactly the same situation occurred again with Fletcher flattening Magida in the box. Once again Magida rose and dusted himself down before smashing his spot kick into the roof of the net.