Charnock's involvement in Buildbase FA Vase came to an end at Bedlington Terriers. Losing by a solitary goal the Villagers produced a spirited performance.
The Reserves travelled to Kendal United and came away with a 2-2 draw with Hurst and Jamie Sanderson scoring the goals.
The Academy match was postponed.
Bedlington Terriers 1 Charnock Richard 0
Saturday 21st October 2017, Buildbase FA Vase Round 1
BEDLINGTON TERRIERS 1
CHARNOCK RICHARD 0
Team: Adam Halton, Spencer Bibby, Josh Norgate (Jon Hession 77), Ashley Young, Ross O’Farrell, Joe Noblet (Matt Davison 73), Anthony Hough (Jack Sanders 80), Nathan Fairhurst, Carl Grimshaw, Mark Adams, James Walker.
Charnock’s run in the Buildbase FA Vase came to an end in Northumbria losing 1-0 at Bedlington Terriers. This was the longest away trip for the club in their history, 163 miles, and they were far from disgraced in a tight match the result of which was finally decided by a rather fortunate goal. There had been fears about the game going ahead after heavy rain earlier in the week but whilst the pitch was heavy it was definitely playable. There were few clear cut chances in the game and it was goalless at half time. Playing into a strengthening wind in the second half Charnock came under pressure but with neither side able to produce many shots on goal an overhead kick from out on the left dropped into the net at the far post and despite late pressure from the Villagers it proved to be the winner.
Ryan Scofield was injured and the work commitments of Mark Woods ruled him out of contention so there were two changes to the starting line-up. Spencer Bibby came in at right back and Josh Norgate was on the left of a back three. Matt Davison, Jon Hession and Jack Sanders were on the bench.
It was a fine afternoon but rain set in before the final whistle. Charnock’s coachload of supporters boosted the crowd to 78. Charnock kicked off playing towards the clubhouse end and quickly took the initiative with their usual passing game. James Walker hit an early chance well off target and then Carl Grimshaw headed wide from a Noblet free kick. Another right wing attack saw Bibby put a ball across and Hough ran over it to set up a shooting opportunity for Joe Noblet, Wells in the home goal had to go down at the foot of the post to save. The opening minutes had seen the Villagers taking the game to Bedlington but the home side could have scored in their first attack on 13 minutes, Bibby went down injured near the halfway line and a break down their left finished with Adam Halton finger tipping a shot onto the bar and when the ball dropped to Zak Atkinson beating away his powerful shot. Both team’s tactics had be now become obvious with Charnock preferring their neat passing build-ups while Bedlington had opted for the more direct approach. The long balls were, at times, resulting in the visiting back three struggling and Charnock were finding the heavy pitch somewhat of a handicap. Charnock had Fairhurst shoot wide and then a Grimshaw header dropped just over the bar. It was becoming obvious that it was going to be difficult to open up the home defence, they were dominant in the air and both Grimshaw and Adams were struggling to find space when the ball was on the ground. Ian Herron had a shot from distance for the home side saved by Halton and then it looked as if Calvin Lee McMahon had found the net but the shot was into the side netting. Another good run down the right by Bibby gave Noblet a shooting opportunity but his effort lacked power. Jack Foalle went clear down the right for the home side but his cross was far too strong. On 36 minutes Ross O’Farrell blocked a shot from Henderson and Atkinson put the rebound well off target. Adams worked a good opening in the area but a tremendous block prevented his shot troubling Wells. As half time approached a good save from Halton from Atkinson resulted on the score remaining at 0-0 at half time.
Charnock reverted to a flat back four for the second half with Bibby at right back and Hough moving onto the right of midfield. If there was a slight slope on the pitch Bedlington had the advantage in the second half along with a strengthening wind. The home side put pressure on straight from the start of the half and the Charnock defence had to be at its best but with Ross O’Farrell and Ashley Young once again stopping anything coming through the middle Halton was not really tested. Charnock could have taken the lead twice in two minutes from the 53th minute, firstly a Bibby throw in on the right resulted in a Grimshaw effort being blocked and when the ball dropped to Adams on the right of the goal his shot deflected off the top of the bar. Then Noblet delivered from the left, the ball was just too high for Grimshaw but Anthony Hough produced a powerful header that swung to hit the outside of the goal angle with Wells just standing watching. After the early pressure in the half from Bedlington the game was now much more evenly balanced. Walker hit a shot from distance that lost most of its power by deflecting off a defender and Wells saved easily. The killer blow came on 68 minutes a Bedlington throw in on the left found Paul Wardle just inside the penalty area only yards from the bye-line he hooked an overhead kick that dropped just inside the far post with neither Halton nor any Charnock defender being able to get near it. It was a cruel blow in such a finely balanced tie but that is the nature of football and often the way tight games are decided. Charnock brought on Matt Davison for Joe Noblet after 73 minutes and he caused problems, as expected, on the right. In fact it looked as if he was in on goal on one occasion but the referee pulled the game back for a free kick on Hough after initially allowing the player to play on. With Charnock on the front foot Atkinson broke clear on 76 minutes, Bibby raced back but failed to get in an effective tackle but as the big number nine reached the edge of the area Young got back to nick the ball away. It was a piece of outstanding defending. Jon Hession replaced Josh Norgate on 77 minutes as Charnock reverted to a back three and predictably went all out for an equaliser. It had become obvious than the home defence was unlikely to be breached by the aerial route and it would take some quick passing football to open it up and Charnock’s attempts by this route failed so there were no real chances. Grimshaw turned and shot into the side netting and Ashley Young, who had moved in midfield when Jack Sanders replaced Hough on 80 minutes, slipped over in the area when it looked as if he might have a shooting chance. Comment must be made on the tolerance shown by the referee to the home team’s Jack Foalle who produced a number of late tackles, he lectured him several times, before finally cautioning him on 88 minutes. The same player then tore into Jack Sanders in added time after he had cleared the ball and received a second yellow card. It can only be presumed that the official was taking into account the underfoot conditions.
It was disappointing to lose after such a long trek north but it had been a spirited performance by the team in green and it was best summed up by one of the Charnock players who stated that the team had lacked quality in the final third of the pitch. The club now move on with a considerable backlog of league fixtures to make up. Unfortunately Charnock’s re-scheduled game at AFC Darwen, on Wednesday 25th October, went by the wayside after their home tie against Marske United in the FA Vase was postponed, the Vase tie now taking preference. Charnock's next game now is a home match against Irlam on Saturday 28th October Kick off 3.00pm.