Charnock won 2-1 in a hard fought encounter at Chadderton with goals from Ash Young and Carl Grimshaw.
Chadderton 1 Charnock Richard 2
Tuesday 4th April 2017, Hallmark Security League Division 1
CHADDERTON 1 CHARNOCK RICHARD 2
Team: Adam Halton, Spencer Bibby, Josh Norgate, Ross O’Farrell, Luke Gibson, Ashley Young, Damian Dashti (Michael Fletcher 66), Anthony Hough, Carl Grimshaw, Jonathan Hession, Danny Smith (Joe Fielding 56). Subs: (Not Used) Nathan Fairhurst, Jack Sanders.
A second half goal from Carl Grimshaw ensured three points went Charnock’s way but the visitors were made to work hard for the victory as Chadderton battled their way into a contest which should have been out of sight. After a quick start by Westwell’s men, they couldn’t take advantage of their numerous set-pieces as Leon Illuobe netted for the home side. As the interval approached Ash Young equalised before Grimshaw claimed victory in the second half to maintain their position in the division’s upper echelons.
After a quick start by the Villagers, Grimshaw headed straight at the keeper on 3 minutes. The away side were causing all kinds of problems and four minutes later were awarded a penalty. A looping ball in the box saw Grimshaw control before being clattered by Chadderton defender Marshall. The referee had no other option but to point to the spot. Up stepped Spencer Bibby and although hitting low and hard the goalkeeper made a smart save to his right. Frustration followed as this was Charnock’s third penalty miss in a row, although they continued to press the home side. Smith was the next to create a chance although his effort fizzled past the post before the ever-impressive Jon Hession fashioned a shot over the bar. On 20 minutes the home side created their first opportunity on goal but Adam Halton saved comfortably. The game was all Charnock as they continued on the front foot, in search for a goal. Numerous free-kicks were given but the away side struggled to find the target or test the goalkeeper.
Against the run of play, it was Chadderton who took the lead through Iluobe. After a mazy run by Curley, he provided the perfect ball to the striker who had no problem dispatching it from a tight angle. This gave Charnock the impetus they needed to throw everything at their hosts, although the Manchester side had chance to double their lead through Quinlan but his effort sailed harmlessly wide. Another cross from Smith saw Grimshaw struggle to get a foot in and test the goalkeeper before Hough cut the Chadderton defence in half but saw his effort blocked. Try as they might, it looked as though the visitors needed that little bit of luck and that’s what happened on 42 minutes. After chasing down a long ball, Hession somehow managed to win a corner after coming under severe pressure. Norgate provided the perfect ball to ASH YOUNG, who was left unmarked at the far post to head home. It was no more than the team in yellow deserved as they constantly pushed forward, looking dangerous on the counter. As the interval approached Crothers fired well over to epitomize the home side’s despondency after Charnock’s leveller.
With no changes at the break, the game restarted and Charnock were the team to enjoy a first sight of goal. After finding space in the box it was Ash Young who had chance to take the lead although he sliced his effort wide of the post. The visitors were enjoying a period of possession which didn’t bring too much in the way of goalmouth action until Jon Hession brought himself into the fold, constantly becoming a thorn in Chadderton’s side. On the stroke of the hour though, it was the home side who had an effort on target but Halton made a quick save to his left. The Charnock faithful had travelled in numbers and five minutes later were celebrating a goal. After another run by the influential Hession, the striker was hacked down by Lacy on the edge of the box. Up stepped Josh Norgate who hit a low shot, but keeper Smith could only palm it away and on hand was CARL GRIMSHAW to smash the ball into the back of the net. It was almost three soon after but Hession couldn’t connect fully and saw his shot land over the bar. The pressure cooker that was the game was building and the referee didn’t help matters with a number of bookings handed out to both teams.
By now frustration was evident for both sides, as Charnock introduced Fletcher into the fray. A third goal was needed for the Villagers to put the result to bed, with the home side throwing men forward and Leon Illuobe saw a daisy-cutter pushed away by Halton with ten minutes remaining. Up the other end of the field meanwhile, Hough squandered a glorious chance but saw his drive clear the crossbar. It was all hands to the pump for Westwell’s men as their hosts threw everyone into the mix, with a backs-to-the-wall performance needed in a bid to stave off the pressure being created. And with two minutes of additional time indicated, the Villagers were able to breathe a little after winning possession in Chadderton territory and with the composure of substitute Joe Fielding, kept the ball inside the deepest depths of safety. And their efforts were enough as the three points were Charnock’s at the final whistle.