Charnock suffer a disappointing 3-2 defeat at Whitchurch Alport. Carl Grimshaw scored his 400th goal for the club with Jake Higham scoring the other goal.
The Reserves also suffered disappointment losing 2-1 at home to Furness Rovers with Jon Hession scoring.
Whitchurch Alport 3 Charnock Richard 2
Saturday 27th October 2018, Hallmark Security League Premier Division
WHITCHURCH ALPORT 3
CHARNOCK RICHARD 2
Whitchurch Alport: Dave Parton, Tim Sanders (Joe Minshall 84), Alex Hughes, Dan Skelton (Arron Johns 59), Callum O’Connor, Sean Griffiths, Lee Pickerill, Matt Ashbrook (Nick Porter 70), Leon Ashman, Nick Marley, Joe Howell. Subs: (Not Used) Luke Goddard, Kevin Street.
Charnock Richard: Adam Halton, Joe Noblet, James Walker, Ross O’Farrell, Jack Sanders, Troy Carsley, Danny Regan, Alex Ralph (Matt Westwell 75), Carl Grimshaw, Mark Adams (Oliver Oxley 71), Jacob Higham (Jordyn Fitton 77).
This 3-2 defeat at Whitchurch Alport was a very disappointing result for Charnock. Leading 2-1 and looking relatively comfortable, the Villagers conceded two goals in the final 12 plus four minutes added time. The home team scored first but Charnock quickly equalised for the teams to go in, locked at 1-1, at the interval. Charnock took the lead on 53 minutes with captain Carl Grimshaw scoring his 400th goal for the club, all to no avail though with Whitchurch claiming the three points at the final whistle.
Charnock made one change from the team that won on the previous Tuesday evening; Mark Adams started up front with Oli Oxley dropping to the bench. Ash Ball, who was due to travel independently, failed to turn up when he had problems with his car so with Matt Westwell and Jordyn Fitton there was only three substitutes.
It was a cold but fine afternoon and the pitch was in good condition. There was a brisk north wind and Charnock kicked off with it in their faces. It was a lively start from the home team, Charnock having to deal with an early corner. Charnock’s first attack was on four minutes when Grimshaw set up Regan but his shot was tame and straight at Parton. A right wing corner caused problems for the Charnock defence and Grimshaw scrambled the ball away after Halton had parried it. A minute later another right wing corner caused even more problems for Charnock; Grimshaw’s attempted clearing header hit the underside of the bar and bounced down, not over the line said the assistant, and was cleared. A right wing throw-in saw Regan put Adams away to the bye-line on the right and Parton had to dive out to his centre to turn it away. A deep cross for Whitchurch then provided Griffiths with a chance but he shot well off target. The home side took the lead on 19 minutes a free kick saw the ball drop to Ashbrook beyond the far post and he swung a boot and the ball went into the net in the narrow gap between Halton and the near post. It appeared to be the spin that caused Adam to misjudge the shot. It did not take Charnock long to equalise, three minutes later Regan broke down the right and laid a ball back to Ralph who launched a cross to beyond the back post and HIGHAM hit a sweet volley past Parton. Another good centre from Regan caused confusion in the home defence and they conceded another corner. Howell hit a shot for the home team that Halton saved easily. Facing the wind Charnock needed to at least hold on to be level at the interval and they looked on track as they won several corners and marginally shaded the possession. There was a let off for the Villagers on 40 minutes when Ashbrook broke clear, he looked offside but there was no flag, luckily he hit his shot well wide. When Charnock were awarded a free kick just outside the corner of the penalty area Ralph’s effort was spilt by Parton but the ball was scrambled away. Finally on the stroke of half time Ashbrook hit a centre across the face of the Charnock goal with no-one on hand to take advantage.
Charnock although kicking up a very slight slope had the wind at their backs for the second half and basically they were the better side. Regan made another run down the right and his cross found Grimshaw who headed the ball back across goal but it was just too far in front of Adams. A minute later it was Regan again getting down the right and pulling the ball back for Grimshaw but it was just behind him. Whitchurch hit back with two centres that the visiting defence struggled to clear. A free kick from the halfway line gave Higham a shooting opportunity on the left but he screwed the ball wide. Walker hit a shot from 35 yards that narrowly missed the far post. Higham had another chance to shoot when he was set up by Adams but he was well off target. Charnock took lead on 63 minutes when CARL GRIMSHAW converted a Higham cross at the back post. It was a magical moment for the big striker because it was his 400th goal in Charnock colours, even the announcer acknowledged the remarkable feat. There then was a half chance for Adams as Charnock looked comfortable with their lead. In a six minute spell from 71 minutes Charnock introduced all three substitutes with Mark Adams, Alex Ralph and Jake Higham all giving way. When Noblet delivered from a corner the ball was cleared off the line. All that was needed for Charnock to claim the three points was composed defending but on 78 minutes Sanders tried to find Halton with a back pass, it was hopelessly short and it left Adam in no-man’s land and substitute Johns ran clear to level the scores. It was a real blow for the team in green and a huge disappointment for the young defender but it must be taken in context with all the excellent performances he has produced already this season. Whitchurch had had a real boost and from looking like a side that was expecting defeat they picked up their game. Although under a certain amount of pressure Charnock coped and they produced several attacks before it all went wrong in the third minute of what turned out to be four minutes of added time. A ball from Whitchurch out to their right provided a chance to deliver to the back post and with Halton isolated Johns took the opportunity and ran the ball into the net. The visiting defence had gone AWOL in the final few seconds and the team paid the price; it left the team in green and all their supporters absolutely gutted.
Unfortunately in football you do not always get what you deserve, in this case taking the game overall certainly Charnock were worthy of at least a point but the unpredictability is what makes football so entertaining. Reviewing the last three matches Charnock produced a spirited performance against Runcorn Town in the cup and had to settle for a draw. In mid-week they fought hard to collect the points against Ashton Athletic and another workman-like performance on this occasion failed to be rewarded.
On Tuesday 30th October Charnock are at home to Burscough, kick-off 7.45pm and the away fixture against the same opponents is scheduled for the following Saturday 3rd November kick-off 3.00pm.