Charnock win 3-1 at Bootle in the 3rd Round of the Macron Cup. Joe Noblet, Ashley Young and Carl Grimshaw scored the goals.
Bootle 1 Charnock Richard 3
Thursday 15th March 2018, Macron Cup Round 3
CHARNOCK RICHARD 3
Team: Adam Halton, Spencer Bibby, James Walker, Ross O’Farrell (Conner Loftus 74), Ryan Schofield, Ashley Young, Matt Davison (Anthony Hough 9), Nathan Fairhurst, Carl Grimshaw, Joe Noblet, Mark Woods (David Prout 75).
This 3-1 win at Bootle saw Charnock Richard through to the quarter finals of the Macron Cup where they will play Winsford United. Whilst Charnock’s form in recent games has been disappointing their opponents had been on an excellent run having not lost in the current calendar year but the first half ran contrary to form with Charnock largely dominating and they could well have been five goals ahead at the interval. However, a 2-0 lead put them in a strong position and despite the home team pressing hard in the second half they defended excellently before conceding five minutes from the end of normal time. With Bootle looking to grab an equaliser Charnock quickly restored their two goal margin and despite Bootle missing an added time penalty the Villagers finally hung on for the win.
Once again the Charnock squad was stretched, Harvey Close, Louis Mayers and Alex Ralph were unavailable for various reasons, so Joe Noblet and Ross O’Farrell came into the starting line-up. There were only three substitutes, Anthony Hough, Conner Loftus and David Prout.
Charnock won the toss so Bootle kicked off, the pitch which had passed an inspection earlier in the day, was understandably heavy but played well overall and there were 119 spectators. Charnock made a bright start with Fairhurst shooting wide after a build-up down the left involving Grimshaw and Noblet. Halton had to come out to collect a centre from Halligan but it was the Villagers who were setting the pace. Grimshaw had a good chance after seven minutes when Noblet put him clear into the area but Carl shot over the bar. There was a real blow for the team in green on nine minutes when Matt Davison went down after a tackle and could not continue so Anthony Hough took his place on the right. There was a fantastic save from the home keeper Ryan Jones on 14 minutes, Grimshaw got to the bye-line on the right and his cross found Mark Woods only a couple of yards out, “goal” must have been on everyone’s lips but somehow Jones diverted the shot over the bar. However Charnock took the lead only a minute later, a left wing corner was taken short and after O’Farrell played the ball across the goal JOE NOBLET turned the ball home. The reversal resulted in the home side picking up their game somewhat and they did not hesitate to shoot but most efforts were off target. It was Charnock who were playing the better football and they looked back to their best after a couple of disappointing performances. Noblet had a shot from the edge of the area that took a deflection and went narrowly past the post and then on 30 minutes Charnock increased their lead. A right wing corner from Woods was helped on and ASHLEY YOUNG side-footed the ball home from close range. The Villagers continued to dominate and O’Farrell headed wide from a Woods free kick before a Hough centre was just marginally too far in front of Grimshaw. In the final minutes of the half, the division’s leading goalscorer had two excellent chances, firstly a Young through ball put him clear but his shot went wide before Woods fed Noblet on the left and he rolled the ball across the six yard box only for Carl to miss the target again.
After their disappointing performance in the first half it was not surprising that Bootle came out looking a different side for the second half. They really took charge from the restart and it was a case of Charnock having to defend and they did in depth. With Adam Halton pulling off some excellent saves and with the rest of the team producing some last ditch tackles the home team struggled to carve out clear cut goal chances. It turn out to be 20 minutes of almost continuous pressure from the home team and the situation was not helped when Ross O’Farrell suffered an ankle injury on 64 minutes, he soldiered on for 10 minutes but had to give way for Conner Loftus with Young dropping into the back four and Noblet concentrating on midfield. Bootle had the ball in the net after 67 minutes but the referee had already blown for a foul. There was 68 minutes on the clock before Charnock made their first sustained attack of the half. David Prout came on for Mark Woods after 75 minutes and the pressure on the Charnock defence continued. Halton dealt with the shots on target and a number of efforts went narrowly wide. The breakthrough for Bootle came on 85 minutes when Carl Peers found the corner of the net and it looked as if the visiting fans were going to have an agonising final few minutes. CARL GRIMSHAW, however, had other ideas and when a free kick from the left found him on the right of the goal he hit a shot across Jones into the far corner of the net. It looked as if the cup tie was settled but Bootle continued to push forward and a trip in the area four minutes into added time gave them a chance, from the penalty spot, to keep their hopes alive. Liam Loughlin stepped up for the kick and Adam Halton brought off a good save diving to his right and pushing the ball out for a corner. Shortly after the re-start the referee signalled the end to the game and a very impressive performance had seen Charnock’s progress in the Macron Cup continue.
The sides meet again at the TDP Solicitors Stadium, this time in the league, on Saturday 17th March. Kick off 3.00pm.