Charnock Richard lost 2-1 at home to Northwich Victoria, Carl Grimshaw scored the goal.
Charnock Richard 1 Northwich Victoria 2
Saturday 24th Nov 2018, Hallmark Security League Premier Division
CHARNOCK RICHARD 1
NORTHWICH VICTORIA 2
Attendance : 114
Charnock Richard: Adam Halton, Mark Woods, James Walker, Oliver Turner, Ryan Schofield, Ross O’Farrell, Mark Adams (Joe Noblet 79), Nathan Fairhurst, Carl Grimshaw, Troy Carsley (Spencer Bibby 71), Jake Higham (Oliver Oxley 79).
Sub: (Not Used) Ashley Young.
Northwich Victoria: Dan Taberner, Billy Whittle, Kirtis Menson, Dominic Craig, Andy Fitzgerald, Brandon Barski, Harvey Whyte, Bradley Cooke, Brian Matthews (Jordan Darr 74), Joel Brownhill (Lewis Pilgrim 86), Darrhyl Mason (Oliver Muir 90).
Subs: (Not Used) Robert Doran, Matt Clarke.
Charnock suffered their fourth consecutive league defeat with this 2-1 reverse at the hands of Northwich Victoria at Mossie Park. The first half saw the visitors edge the possession but Charnock could well have pinched a goal as it was the score was 0-0 at half time. The Villagers came under pressure in the second half and had to play with 10 men for the last half hour. Northwich took the lead with 20 minutes left and scored again before Charnock pulled goal back in added time.
There were a number of changes to the starting line-up following the disappointing defeat at Runcorn Town in midweek, several positional. Ash Ball was ill and Joe Noblet dropped to the bench. Ross O’Farrell moved into midfield and Oliver Turner, making his home debut, moved to centre half with Mark Woods dropping to right back. Troy Carsley came into midfield and Jake Higham started on the left. Both Spencer Bibby and Ashley Young had played the first half for the reserves in a friendly match earlier in the day and were on the bench; Oliver Oxley was the fourth substitute.
Northwich won the toss and elected to play towards the Mawdesley Plantation end so Charnock kicked off. The early stages of the game saw the visitors making most of the running but there were few chances for either side. A shot from Whyte was over the bar after 13 minutes and when Fairhurst nodded on for Higham the keeper, Taberner, just beat him to the ball. As usual at this level the pace of the game was impressive and every ball was contested. Following the disappointing performance earlier in the week there was a marked improvement in Charnock’s display. Mark Woods received a yellow card on 19 minutes for a wild tackle and the visitors continued to look lively but the home defence was coping well and Halton was not being really tested. Carl Grimshaw headed into the arms of Taberner and then when Mason centred from the right Whittle headed narrowly over the bar, he should really have found the target. An Adams centre from the right was just too high for Higham and Brownhill worked himself a chance but shot well wide. Then in the final 10 minutes of the half Grimshaw hit a pile driver just past a post and Mark Adams produced a similar effort that shaved the same post. After surviving early pressure the Villagers had become more of an attacking force as the half progressed, It was 0-0 at half time.
The second half opened with Northwich upping their game but the home defence looked far more solid than it has done in the last few games. Grimshaw shot straight at the keeper and when Adams cut across midfield his left foot shot was also an easy save for Taberner. At the other end Brownhill brought out a great save from Halton, the stopper getting down to turn a shot around the post. Then Turner did well to block another effort. Charnock’s chances of collecting any points receded on 61 minutes when Woods dragged back Mason as he was breaking clear and he received a second yellow card and he made his way to the dressing room. O’Farrell dropped to right back. When Grimshaw nodded the ball down for Adams the keeper did really well to turn a powerful shot over the bar. Then a misplaced header back from one of his defenders went past Taberner but the keeper got back to clear the ball just before it crossed the line. The visitors took the lead on 69 minutes, Brownhill turning home a cross from the right. Then Whittle shot over the bar before the Villagers made an important substitution with Spencer Bibby, who has played little football this season, replacing Carsley. He took over at right back with O’Farrell moving back into midfield and produced a display that suggests that he may, at last, be over all his injury problems. Adams then produced a left foot shot that went just wide before on 78 minutes Halton went down to save a shot from Cooke but the ball squirmed from his grasp and Mason was on hand to hit the loose ball home. It was a killer blow for the 10-men Charnock but they responded bringing on Joe Noblet and Oliver Oxley and continued to fight. Brownhill hit a free kick straight at Halton and Barski headed a Noblet free kick over his own bar. On 86 minutes ex-Charnock youngster Lewis Pilgrim came on for Brownhill. A shot from Noblet saw Taberner pull off another fine save before in the first minute of added time Kirtis Menson received a straight red card for a wild tackle on Ross O’Farrell. Oliver Oxley then produced a spin and a fine shot from distance that again brought the best out of the keeper. Spencer Bibby showed what the team have been missing with a great run to the bye-line on the right to win a corner. The points were already on their way to Northwich but the Villagers were not going down without a fight and they were rewarded in the 94th minute. A second successive right wing corner was returned into the goalmouth from beyond the far post and somehow GRIMSHAW scrambled the ball just over the line.
In recent weeks Charnock have faced teams from the upper levels of the league table and have struggled; this game featured another of the teams looking for promotion and whilst it was another defeat there were some real positives to take from the display. Taberner in the visiting goal was required to pull off several important saves whilst Adam Halton did not have that many shots to deal with. There were spells when Charnock produced some neat football reminiscent of last season: Mark Adams is now looking close to full match fitness and there was an encouraging display from Troy Carsley who understandably has taken time to attune to the speed of the game at this level after his arrival from Fulwood Amateurs. With the return of Ashley Young to the team looking imminent, Matt Davison, another player who has been absent for most of this season, rapidly gaining match fitness an injury list of just Danny Regan must be the shortest this calendar year.
On Tuesday 27th November Charnock entertain West Didsbury and Chorlton at Mossie Close kick-off is 7.45pm. December starts with a trip to Barnoldswick Town on Saturday 1st, kick off 3.00pm.