Charnock Richard won through to the quarter final of the Partners Foundation LFA Challenge Trophy with a 2-1 win at home to Wythenshawe Amateurs. Jack Sanders scored the first goal with James Walker converting a penalty in added time.
Charnock Richard 2 Wythenshawe Amateurs 1
Tuesday 25th September 2018, Partners Foundation Lancashire Challenge Trophy 2nd Round
CHARNOCK RICHARD 2
WYTHENSHAWE AMATEURS 1
Charnock Richard: Adam Halton, Ross O’Farrell, James Walker, Ryan Schofield (Troy Carsley 82), Jack Sanders, Joe Noblet, Danny Regan (Jake Higham 45), Nathen Fairhurst, Mark Adams, Ashley Ball, Mark Woods (Matt Westwell 84).
Wythenshawe Amateurs: Martin Blain, Luke Worth, Alan Dolan, Chris Howard, Richard Gresty, Joe Denman, Jordan Burton, William A’Hern, Dominic Lillie, David Wright (Dan Egan 82), Keiran Molloy (Joel Aikenhead 84). Subs: (Not Used) Adam Walker, Marcus Burnett.
As in recent matches a goal in the added time at the end of the game proved to be decisive, this time it was Charnock Richard taking advantage to defeat Wythenshawe Amateurs 2-1 and progress through to the quarter finals of the Partners Foundation LFA Challenge Trophy. This was a competitive game with the visitors, who are second in the Division 1 South table in their first season at this level, proving to be worthy opponents. In a wind ruined, ill-tempered cup tie which saw Wythenshawe finish with only nine players, the first half was goalless. Charnock took the lead in the halfway through the second half only for the 10-man visitors to level the scores only three minutes later. A penalty for Charnock in the 93rd minute settled the game and saved the tie having to be decided by a penalty shoot-out.
Charnock made a number of changes to the side that drew at Burcough on the previous Saturday, Alex Ralph had departed to Padiham but there were starts for the other four players who had been on the bench, Mark Woods, Joe Noblet, Ash Ball and Ryan Schofield. Carl Grimshaw was suspended and Troy Carsley, Jake Higham and Matt Westwell dropped to the bench.
There was a very strong southerly wind whose direction did not assist either direction of play but it was disruptive when it came to producing attractive football. The crowd of 103 had to contend with periods of drizzly rain during the match. Charnock won the toss so Wythenshawe kicked off playing towards the Charter Lane end. The first shot came from Wythenshawe with Burton firing into the side netting. The visitors soon showed why they are having so much success in Division 1 knocking the ball around confidently and with a couple of speedy wide men they carried an early threat. Charnock lined up with four at the back, Schofield and O’Farrell in the centre, Sanders and Walker as the full backs. The absence of Carl Grimshaw saw Ash Ball given the chance to play up alongside Mark Adams. Charnock’s first corner caused problems the visiting defence struggling to clear the ball, eventually it finished up in the hands of keeper Martin Blain. The early minutes saw Molloy on the left particularly prominent with his speed and ability to cross and he got away on 11 minutes firing in a cross that saw Burton’s shot blocked by the ever alert O’Farrell. When an attack down the right finished with a shooting opportunity for Noblet his effort lacked power and was easily saved. Then the referee awarded a free kick to Charnock only 20 yards out for hand ball but although Noblet’s shot eluded the wall it was saved by Blain. What appeared to be a change of formation saw Walker take up a more advanced position leaving three at the back. A misplaced pass from Adams resulted in Lillie producing a cross field pass to out Burton on the right, to put him in again but he shot into the side netting. There was a huge let-off for the Villagers in the 23rd minute when their defence was opened up by a neat exchange of passes by the opposition and as the ball was rolling towards the unguarded net A’Hearn decided to help it on its way and was promptly flagged offside. Walker then dropped back to make up a back four. Once again Charnock were struggling to produce their normal passing game, on the previous Saturday the state of the pitch could be blamed and on this occasion the wind could be accused of being the culprit but these factors could not totally be at the route of their lack of accuracy in their passing. However, a more joined up attack down the right saw Noblet get almost to the bye-line on the right but he shot from a very narrow angle into the side netting. Woods took an opportunity to shoot from outside the area but his effort was high over the bar. Charnock were being caught offside too many times. At the other end it was Burton again having a shot, this time centrally, but it swerved away well wide of the goal. A right wing corner for Charnock resulted in Noblet shooting across the face of the goal. On 44 minutes another free kick on the edge of the Wythenshawe penalty area saw Ball hit a shot narrowly over the bar. So the break arrived without either goal being breached.
Jake Higham replaced Danny Regan for the start of the second half. The initial minutes of the half were relatively quiet but the Villagers for the first time in the match looked to be taking the upper hand. On 54 minutes a Charnock corner caused problems and finally a Fairhurst shot was deflected for another corner. The 56th minute saw a fracas break out in front of the benches with most of the players becoming involved, it took a while for the referee, along with his assistants, to sort it out but his conclusion was a red card for the visitors’ Gresty and yellow for Jack Sanders and Nathan Fairhurst. Charnock took advantage of the Wythenshawe’s 10 men in the 65th minute, a ball out to the right caught out the visitors’ defence and SANDERS ran clear, Blain came out of his area and Jack hit the ball accurately past him to find the net. With only one defeat in six games Wythenshawe were full of confidence and losing a player did not deter them. They equalised only three minutes later, an attack starting on the right finished with the ball reaching Jordan Burton now on the left and he cut inside to lash a shot past Halton into the net. The game remained delicately balanced a free kick was straight at Halton and two shots from Noblet were blocked before Higham hit a shot destined for the top corner of the goal until Blain turned it away for a corner. On 74 minutes it was the visitors who survived by the skin of their teeth, a left wing corner eventually came to Adams on the right of the goal and his shot hit the inside of the far post before rebounding back into play. In the last ten minutes both sides made substitutions, three came on for Charnock with Wythenshawe making only two. With neither teams calving out any chances it looked as if the tie was going to be decided by penalties but the undercurrent of unpleasantness that had crept into the game in the second half again rose to the surface and some ‘after the ball had gone’ nonsense close to the goal line resulted in Luke Worth being dismissed and Charnock awarded a penalty. In the third minute of added time JAMES WALKER stepped up and gave Blain no chance from the spot. Not the best performance from the Villagers by a long way and credit must be given to Wythenshawe arriving as the ‘under dogs’ but producing a display that could well have brought them success.
The quarter finals are next: the clubs still in the competition are Bamber Bridge, Southport, Ashton Athletic, Radcliffe, Prestwich Heys/Bacup Borough, Garstang/Atherton Collieries, Longridge Town/Colne.
The Villagers have no game on Saturday 10th November; their next fixture is away at Bootle on Tuesday 13th November when they play league leaders City of Liverpool kick-off 7.45pm.