Charnock lost 2-0 to Northwich Victoria at Wincham Park in a closely fought game.
Northwich Victoria 2 Charnock Richard 0
Saturday 22nd December 2018, Hallmark Security League Premier Division
NORTHWICH VICTORIA 2
CHARNOCK RICHARD 0
Attendance : 143
Northwich Victoria: Dan Taberner, Joe Camozzi, Kirtis Monson, Dominic Craig, Andrew Fitzgerald (Kieran Kenny 72), Brandon Barski, Harvey Whyte (Matt Clarke 87), Bradley Cooke, Robert Doran, Joel Brownhill (Jordan Darr 71), Darryhl Mason. Subs: (Not Used) Brian Matthews, Billy Whittle.
Charnock Richard: Kyle Haslam, Spencer Bibby, James Walker, Ashley Young, Ryan Schofield, Troy Carsley, Matt Davison, Nathan Fairhurst, Carl Grimshaw, Joe Noblet (Oliver Oxley 80), Mark Woods (Jake Higham 86). Subs: (Not Used) Oliver Turner, Ross O’Farrell.
This was Charnock Richard’ first visit to the Wincham Park Stadium, home of Witton Albion, and they produced a performance that at least deserved a point but two late goals from Northwich Victoria saw them suffer defeat. It was very even game, the first half was goalless and the second was very tight until the home team grabbed the lead with 20 minutes remaining and a further goal deep into added time meant that the result slightly flattered the home side.
There were two changes to the side that won 4-0 the previous week with Kyle Haslam making his debut in goal and Mark Woods starting in place of Jake Higham who dropped to the bench. Oliver Oxley, Oliver Turner and Ross O’Farrell completed the four substitutes.
It was a fine afternoon with little wind and Charnock won the toss so Northwich kicked off. The game started at a lively pace which was maintained throughout most of the 90 minutes. Carl Grimshaw had an early shot but it lacked power and Tabener had no difficulty in collecting it. When, on six minutes, Brownhill burst into the box he shot straight at Haslam. Both sides showed that they were going to be on the front foot and this ensured that it was an entertaining game for the 143 who attended. Northwich had the better of the early exchanges and Haslam was called upon to save again this time from Doran. When Davison delivered from the right Tabener got a hand to it but it went through to Woods who pulled the ball back but there was no Charnock player on hand to capitalise. Charnock were coming more and more into the game and a good run from Bibby finished with him just failing to find Grimshaw. Carsley then did well down the left and his cross took a double deflection for Charnock’s first corner after 27 minutes. The corner caused problems and finally Tabener collected a Schofield header. Brownhill then brought a diving save out of Haslam but Charnock at this stage were definitely on top and producing some good football with Matt Davison on the right causing the home team problems. Walker misplaced a pass and Northwich broke at speed down the right, a centre found Brownhill it looked odds on that he would score but somehow Haslam turned his effort out for a corner. Bibby then again ventured forward and hit a shot across goal and beyond the far post. Woods took a left wing corner and when a defender returned the ball he hit a shot that Tabener did well to turn away for another corner at the near post. Yet another corner gave Woods another shooting opportunity but he fired high over the bar. The 36th minute saw yet another effort from Mark Woods that went just beyond the far post. The home team came more into the game in the closing minutes of the half winning a two corners before a Charnock break saw Fairhurst’s shot blocked by Fitzgerald. Spencer Bibby took a free kick just outside the area but the wall took the pace off the ball and Tabener collected. Northwich could have taken the lead in added time when Haslam failed to hang onto the ball, Brownhill shot into the side netting but it was an extremely acute angle. It had been a highly entertaining first half with both teams producing some decent football but the score line remained 0-0.
The second half was similar to the first with Charnock passing the ball around well and the home team looking for counter attacks and producing a more direct style of play. Woods had another chance to shoot when the ball came out to him from an early Charnock corner but he hit it high over the bar. The Villagers had made a good start to the half but on 56 minutes Northwich missed another chance when Craig totally miskicked in front of goal. From the 60th minute onwards the match began to go away from Charnock as the home team stepped up their game. Mason brought a fine save out of Kyle Haslam but Grimshaw then fired a cross from the right that Noblet just failed to get a touch on. Possibly the best chance for Charnock came in the 67th minute when Noblet whipped in another cross from the right straight onto the head of Grimshaw, it looked a certain goal but somehow Dan Tabener produced a reflex save that turned the ball away for a corner. It was a key moment in the match because an overhead kick by Doran which sailed wide was followed by the same player getting his head to a diagonal centre to give the home team the lead on 73 minutes. Charnock looked to get back into the game but the home defence stood strong, Oxley came on for Noblet and then Higham replaced Woods. Doran shot over the bar but the home team were more than happy to slow the game down and Charnock lacked the nous and energy to break through and they failed to create any real chances. Substitute Jordan Darr headed over before the same player broke in the fourth minute of added time to round Haslam and fire into an empty net.
It was a disappointing result for the Villagers because they had produced a very encouraging performance, the return of Ashley Young, Spencer Bibby and Matt Davison from long term injuries has, as expected, considerably strengthened the side. With players avoiding any further injuries, changes to the team over recent weeks have been the minimum and the stability has been something that has been lacking during the first half of the season.
On Boxing Day Charnock travel to Blackpool to meet Squires Gate, kick off 3.00pm whilst on Saturday 29th December the Villagers have no game, the scheduled fixture against Burscough has been already been played on a free Saturday in November. Saturday 5th January sees the visit of Abbey Hey to Mossie Park with a 3.00pm kick off.