In atrocious weather conditions Charnock defeat Litherland REMYCA 4-0 at Mossie Park with a hat-trick from Carl Grimshaw and Joe Noblet scoring the other goal.
Charnock Richard 4 Litherland REMYCA 0
Saturday 15th DEc 2018, Hallmark Security League Premier Division
CHARNOCK RICHARD 4
LITHERLAND REMYCA 0
Attendance : 74
Charnock Richard: Jake Eastwood, Spencer Bibby, James Walker (Mark Woods 38), Ashley Young, Ryan Schofield, Troy Carsley, Matt Davison (Oliver Oxley 83), Nathan Fairhurst, Carl Grimshaw, Joe Noblet, Jake Higham (Ashley Ball 80). Subs: (Not Used) Oliver Turner, Ross O’Farrell.
Liltherland REMYCA: Travis Wilson, Jake Connor, Jacob Shield, Ryan Dobson, David Crist, Dylan Scott, Declan Gregson, Liam Morris, Peter Silcock, Colin Quirk, Spencer Myers. Subs: Jack Murphy, Gerard Walker, James Olsen, Colin McDonald.
There are times when watching football when you query your sanity and this was such an occasion, with heavy rain driven on by a near gale force wind and temperatures close to zero, conditions for playing football and, more importantly, watching it were atrocious. As it was an amazing 74 spectators turned up to endure the 90 minutes and they were not disappointed, the game proving to very entertaining considering the conditions. The 4-0 score suggests a fairly easy game for Charnock but it was a very competitive game with the visitors producing some excellent football and at times the home defence came under sustained pressure. Another hat-trick from captain Carl Grimshaw provided the basis for the win with the two final goals coming in the last 11 minutes.
Charnock completed the transfer of goalkeeper Kyle Haslam from Hanley Town in the week but he was ill as was regular keeper Adam Halton so Jake Eastwood, who has been playing in the reserves, made his debut in goal. This was the only change from the team that performed so well in the LFA Challenge Trophy at Colne 10 days previously. Both Ross O’Farrell and Mark Woods had completed their suspensions and were on a strong bench alongside Oliver Oxley, Ash Ball and Oliver Turner.
The strong wind was basically blowing across the pitch and did not really provide an advantage for either team. Despite the rain the pitch was in perfect condition after a week of drying winds. Charnock won the toss and REMYCA kicked off playing towards the Charter Lane end. An early clearance from Eastwood went straight to Quirk but luckily for Charnock his effort dropped on top of the net. Immediately Young had a chance when a left wing corner was partially cleared and the return found Ashley unmarked at the back post but he shot wide. Then Noblet went clear but he drifted wide and his shot hit the goalkeeper’s legs. Scott was cautioned for a foul on Walker which appeared to leave him with a dead leg and he had to be replaced by Mark Woods later in the half. The game was very even but the Villagers nudged ahead on 24 minutes when a good build up finished with Fairhurst being brought down when he raced into the area. CARL GRIMSHAW stepped up and hit a powerful shot into the corner of the net. Another clearance from Eastwood went only as far as Quirk but this time his shot was well off-target. On 34 minutes a cross from the right saw Silcock fire over the bar from right in front of goal. The visitors were producing some excellent football and they enjoyed a spell of superiority and were perhaps unlucky to not to equalise. On 38 minutes Woods came on for Walker and Higham dropped to left back. However, Charnock increased their lead on 40 minutes, a through ball from Higham saw GRIMSHAW latch onto it and as goalkeeper Wilson advanced he went around him and struck a left footed shot into the open goal. Litherland replied with Myers shooting narrowly over the bar. Although Charnock had a two goal lead at the interval the visitors had shown that they were far from out of the game.
The second half started with the weather being even worse, if that was possible, than in the first 45 minutes. It soon became evident that the wind had swung slightly more easterly and the Villagers would be at a disadvantage in the second half. On 49 minutes Higham missed his kick and Gregson cut in from the right but Eastwood came out to make a fine block. Then Spencer Myers finished off a move for the visitors firing a centre that flashed across the face of the goal with no-one on hand to make contact. On 55 minutes a long ball from Young found Noblet in the area but his shot was deflected for a corner. Two minutes later a great cross field ball from Woods put Davison in from the right but with just Wilson to beat he shot over the bar. It was a glorious chance to close the game out for the Villagers. Litherland came back with a neat move that saw Myers find Quirk but his shot was over the bar. It looked odds on REMYCA reducing the arrears on 61 minutes, Gregson cut right through from his own half unchallenged and set up Morris who was in ready to pull the trigger from close range when Davison appeared from nowhere to pinch the ball off his toe. The game continued to be end-to-end and Eastwood did well to save a shot from the left with his legs. The visitors maintained the pressure and another shot had Eastwood flying across his goal but it went wide. On 65 minutes Grimshaw opened up a chance but his left footed shot went beyond the far post. A foul for the Villagers 30 yards out saw Morris yellow carded, Bibby’s free kick was well off target and then on 75 minutes a wild tackle on Higham from Morris saw him receive a second yellow card and the visitors were down to 10 men. The game had become a little niggly. The Villagers scored their third goal on 79 minutes when Young found GRIMSHAW and he produced a delicious chip from the left over the advancing keeper into the net. Ash Ball then came on for Higham who had not really recovered from the knock he had received. Oliver Oxley replaced Matt Davison after 83 minutes and was instrumental in the scoring of Charnock’s fourth goal on 86 minutes. His shot from the right was diverted into the net by NOBLET.
Both teams produced excellent performances in the conditions and the main difference between them was that Charnock converted their chances and defended well although there was several instances when they rode their luck. For most of the season the Villagers have been hampered by a lengthy injury list now that almost all the squad are available it has been reflected in the fact that only one goal has been conceded in the last three games. Special mention must be made for goalkeeper Jake Eastwood, who made his debut, after couple of poor clearances, probably due to nerves, early in the game he produced a fine performance, his handling was excellent and he produced a couple of fine saves. Also Matt Davison, still looking to reach full match fitness, who showed glimpses of the form that terrorised opponent’s defences last season.
Charnock now play two away fixtures, a visit to Wincham Park home of Witton Albion to play Northwich Victoria on Saturday 22nd December and then on Boxing Day they travel to play Squires Gate, kick-off in both games is 3.00pm.