Charnock bowed out of the Emirites FA Cup at their first attempt losing 4-2 at Litherland REMYCA. Ashley Stott with a penalty and Jack Sanders scored the goals.
The Reserves won 1-0 at Kendal United, Danny Nolan scoring the goal.
Litherland REMYCA 4 Charnock Richard 2
Saturday 11th August 2018, Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
LITHERLAND REMYCA 4
CHARNOCK RICHARD 2
Charnock Richard: Michael Lowe, Harvey Close (Patrik Bibby 84), James Walker (Ashley Ball 34), Ross O’Farrell, Jack Sanders, Ashley Young, Danny Regan, Nathan Fairhurst, Carl Grimshaw, Ashley Stott (Oliver Oxley 64), Jacob Higham. Sub (Not Used) Tyler Rufus.
Litherland REMYCA: Richard Cowderoy (Ben Morrow 49), Jack Riley, Declan Gregson, Stephen King, David Crist, Chris Tyson, James McShane, Ashton Clements, Warren Jevrons, Colin Quirk (Lee McEvilly 76), Oscar Billington. Subs: (Not Used) Alex Ryan, Paul Foy, Jordan Stafford, Dylan Scott.
Charnock Richard were knocked out of the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round last season and suffered the same fate in the completion at this stage again at Litherland REMYCA. There can be no excuses because this performance from the Villagers was simply very poor. Three goals down after only 18 minutes the team were second best in every aspect of the game. A penalty early in the second half saw the Villagers pull a goal back but the home team managed to miss some gold plated chances before they scored a fourth goal and by the time that Charnock reduced the arrears the tie was lost.
Pre-season the number of players in the squad suggested that manager Andy Westwell was going to have some difficult decisions to make when selecting teams but it has not taken long for injuries and holidays to reduce the players available for this game to 15. With Matt Davison, Mark Woods and Spencer Bibby out injured and Ryan Schofield, Alex Ralph, Joe Noblet, and Callum Darcy on holiday the choice for the starting eleven was very limited. Connor King was unavailable so new signing, from Euxton Villa, Michael Lowe made his debut in goal, Harvey Close came in at right back and Jake Higham was on the left. Ashley Ball back from holiday and Tyler Rufus available again joined Oliver Oxley and Patrik Bibby on the bench.
The state of the pitch, owned and maintained by the local authority, was in a very disappointing condition and REMYCA apologised before the game. It was fine afternoon but there was a breeze which gave the home team the advantage in the first half. REMYCA won the toss and Charnock kicked off and almost immediately went a goal down. An overhead kick from the right was headed on at the front post and Jevrons volleyed the ball into the net in the second minute. Lowe beat away a shot from distance and the Villagers struggled get any cohesion in their play. They conceded a second goal after 10 minutes, another ball delivered from the right saw Regan divert the cross past Lowe from close range. Defensively Charnock were all over the place and there was little football being played any further forward. On 18 minutes poor defensive play by the visitors’ defence allowed a player to cut in from the left and his cross was turned into the net at the back post by McShane. Charnock’s attempts to play neat passing football on the difficult surface was being thwarted by a team that were full of running and looked much more up for the tie than the Villagers. Charnock finally came up with their first goal attempt after 25 minutes, Regan pulled a ball back to Ashley Young but he shot high over the bar. There was another chance for REMYCA on 27 minutes a ball flashed across the face of the goal but there was no-one on hand to turn it into the net. Charnock had a real chance on 30 minutes when Young put Grimshaw in but Cowderoy turned the shot around the post. The resulting corner finished with Fairhurst bringing a diving save from the keeper. After 32 minutes James Walker went down injured and Ash Ball replaced him with Charnock changing to a back three. The home team continued to look dangerous every time that they attacked; a header from a free kick flashed over the bar. If they were to get back into the tie Charnock needed to score at least one goal before the interval and they were given the chance when following a left wing corner, on two minutes into added time, Young was pulled down in the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Nathan Fairhurst stepped up but Cowderoy dived to his left and tipped the ball around the post.
As expected Charnock upped their performance for the second half and with the assistance of the wind they pushed forward. They had the boost of an early penalty when Cowderoy came out to dive at the feet of Stott to completely miss the ball and take the striker out. He was injured and had to be replaced by Ben Morron and ASHLEY STOTT gave him no chance from the spot. Charnock at least had a foothold back into the tie. However, inevitably in pushing forward, chasing the game, they were very vulnerable defensively and with the lively Jevons up front, by far the best player on the pitch, REMYCA created a couple of excellent chances. Jevons had a shot hit the bar and Quirk hit the rebound over the bar from close range. Jevons again went clear and again his shot hit the bar when he should have scored. At the other end Charnock were pressing but their task was becoming more and more difficult with each passing minute, Oxley came on for Stott and turned neatly to shoot home but he was offside. Carl Grimshaw had the best chance when Young played him clear again but the substitute keeper was quick off his line to block the shot. If the tie was not already over the home team made the game safe after 82 minutes when the visitors’ defence was again split open and McShane had no difficulty in scoring the home team’s fourth goal. When Jevons went clear again Michael Lowe brought off a fine save turning the ball up in the air and getting back to stop it dropping into the top corner of the net. Patrik Bibby came on for Close and in the five minutes of injury time JACK SANDERS headed home from close range to score his first goal for the Villagers.
There is little to add, the Villagers performance was very disappointing and it will be another 12 months before Charnock can attempt to achieve their first win in this competition.
Saturday 18th August sees Charnock take on Hanley Town at Mossie Park, kick off 3.00pm.