Charnock lose 4-1 to Runcorn Town at Mossie Park with Carl Grimshaw scoring the home goal.
Charnock Ricahrd 1 Runcorn Town 4
Saturday 19th Jan 2019, Hallmark Security League Premier Division
CHARNOCK RICHARD 1
RUNCORN TOWN 4
Attendance : 111
Charnock Richard: Kyle Haslam, Mark Woods, James Walker, Ashley Young (Oliver Turner 52), Ryan Schofield, Troy Carsley, Matt Davison, Nathan Fairhurst, Carl Grimshaw, Joe Noblet Ross O’Farrell 65), Jake Higham (Oliver Oxley).
Runcorn Town: Adam Reid, Stephen Wainright, Liam Turner, Marcus James (Mike Burke 25), Simon Thelwell, Carl Rodgers, Shaun Weaver, Harry Brazel, Shaun Tuck (Kevin Exell 72), Harry Freedman (Stuart Crilly 77), Daniel Byrnes. Subs (Not Used) Paul McManus, Sion Jones.
Many years ago Prime Minister Harold Wilson said that “a week is a long time in politics”, Charnock Richard have found out that the same is true in football. The previous Saturday at the Silent Night Stadium they were leading 3-0 against Barnoldswick Town at half time, in this game at Mossie Park they were 3-0 down to Runcorn Town when the whistle went to end the first half. A disastrous 19 minute spell of poor defending had given Charnock little chance of continuing their recent four match winning run. Despite an improved performance in the second half a penalty in the closing minutes made the score 4-0 but Carl Grimshaw scored a consolation goal in the final minute of normal time.
There was one change to the starting line-up, Spencer Bibby was out with an ankle injury so Matt Davison, suspended for the Barnoldswick game, returned. Mark Woods moved to right back. It was an overcast, cold afternoon but once again an attendance of 111 was not too disappointing on a day when it took a certain amount of courage to venture out from a warm fireside.
Charnock won the toss so Runcorn kicked off playing towards the Charter Lane End and the opening minutes created little excitement. A Weaver header from a free kick went wide and Fairhurst beat two players in the penalty area but not the third. On nine minutes a second successive Woods right wing corner found the head of Schofield and Adam Reid in the visitor’s goal did well to tip it over the bar. Then Higham had a shot deflected for a corner and on 16 minutes Grimshaw chested down a ball to Noblet and once again Reid produced an excellent save. On another day with a different goalkeeper Charnock could have been two goals to the good; however that is as good as it got because on 19 minutes a fine diagonal ball found Brazel free on the right of the penalty area and he fired an accurate shot across Haslam into the far corner of the net. The Charnock defence that has performed so well in recent games was badly at fault. Unfortunately the situation worsened as two minutes later Young, under pressure, tried to head a ball back to Haslam after a Runcorn free kick but the two players were too close together and Haslam failed to hang onto the ball and Tuck hit the loose ball into the net. It was a real blow to the home side and they never really recovered. Up to this point the game had been relatively even but Runcorn then took over and were in control for the remainder of the match. The goal that finally killed off the Villagers chances of making a come-back came on 38 minutes and was even more disappointing than the earlier goals, Haslam came out of his area on the right and his pass went straight to Freedman who took his time and hit an accurate shot into the empty net. Kyle since his debut at Northwich Victoria just before Christmas has produced some decent performances but on this occasion it was just not his day. Ideally Charnock needed to reduce the arrears before half time but they never looked like scoring.
As expected manager Andy Westwell made changes at half time bringing on Oliver Oxley for Jake Higham and switching to back three with Davison, on the right, and Woods on the left performing as wing backs. Understandably there was an improvement but Runcorn were experienced and appeared to settle for the 3-0 score line and the Villagers struggled to create chances. The afternoon went from disappointing to disastrous when Ashley Young went down with a knee problem and had to be replaced by Oliver Turner after 52 minutes. It was interesting that despite their lead Runcorn’s first corner only came in the 55th minute. Charnock saw plenty of the ball but the visitors’ defence stood strong. Grimshaw had a shot across goal but beyond the far post, the same player then, after a one-two with Oxley, brought a save out of Reid. Then on 78 minutes Charnock were unlucky not to score with Oxley swivelling and firing a shot that came back off a post. As the game was reaching a conclusion on 87 minutes Schofield conceded a rather needless free kick close to the left hand corner flag and then when the free kick came in he was adjudged to have bundled an opponent to the ground and it was a penalty. Thelwell gave Haslam no chance from the spot. On 90 minutes Oxley did really well under pressure close to the bye-line to hit a cross that saw Reid dive but fail to make contact with the ball and GRIMSHAW side stepped a defender to hit a shot into the unguarded net.
Charnock prior to the game could have expected, perhaps, to gain revenge for their 4-0 defeat at The Pavillions back in November because Town arrived having suffered three successive league defeats but it was not to be. Once they took a two goal lead there was really only one team in the game, Charnock in the second half saw plenty of the ball but their opponents used all their experience to keep a tight hold on their lead. After suffering a series of injuries to players throughout the first half of the season Charnock have had an excellent run of results in recent weeks but with a fresh spell of injuries once again the strength of the squad looks like being tested.
On Saturday 26th January Charnock travel to the Cheshire Silk 106.9 Stadium to meet third placed Congleton Town who have yet to win in January, Kick off is 3.00pm.