Match Report: Prescot Cables 0-1 Scarborough Athletic

By on Thursday, October 10, 2013

Prescot CablesSaturday 5 October 2013
FA Carlsberg Trophy – Preliminary Round
Prescot Cables 0-1 Scarborough Athletic
Match report by Richard Quinn

Prescot Cables lost a hard-fought FA Trophy tie by the only goal at Hope Street. Cables played the last half hour of the game with 10 men after Carl Furlong was sent off. Whilst Cables were not at their best against a well-organised Scarborough side, their spirit and commitment could not be faulted, and they could have equalised in added time when Rob Doran missed a glorious opportunity blazing over the bar from close range.

Cables kicked off playing towards the Hope Street End, and were soon on the attack. After 2 minutes, Furlong headed down for Doran, who lifted his shot over the bar. Scarborough replied with a shot by Plummer, which Culkin saved well at the far post.

A cross by Ryan Williams was then cleared out of play by Shinks at the far post. Rob Doran then went down the right side for Cables, his cross being cleared by Plummer. Culkin then came to Cables’ rescue, punching clear William’s free kick. McCulloch then dispossessed Plummer, but his pass to Kusaloka was cleared by a Scarborough defender.

Scarborough were awarded a free kick, on the edge of the Cables’ penalty area for a foul on Clarkson, taken by Hughes, whose shot went high over the bar. Scarborough had a corner soon afterwards taken by Williams, from which Clarkson’s header was saved by Culkin.

Rob Doran then played a long ball over the Scarborough defence for Kusaloka to run onto, but White in the Scarborough goal was first to it. Ged Murphy then put his own keeper under pressure with a dodgy back pass, but Culkin managed to clear.

McCulloch sent Kusaloka clear, but Plummer was first to the ball. A cross by Davey was flicked on by Bolder for Clarkson, who just failed to connect at the far post for Scarborough, and then Kusaloka failed to connect with Bannister’s overhead flick at the other end.

Scarborough then had a chance to open the scoring when Clarkson got in between Cables’ centre backs and flicked the ball just wide of the post. Just before the break, Davey’s shot from the right went just past the Cables’ far post.

The second half began with Scarborough applying the early pressure. A great ball by Williams for Bolder was cleared for a corner kick. From the corner, Plummer’s header was pushed on to the post by Culkin, then cleared by the Cables’ defence. Cables replied with a cross from Doran from the right for Kusaloka, whose header went narrowly wide. Another cross from Doran was headed on by Furlong and saved at the foot of the post by White. Kusaloka then shot wide from the edge of the box.

After this flurry of goal mouth activity from Cables, Scarborough caught Cables on the counter attack and took the lead on 54 minutes, when Davey’s pin point cross was headed in by Clarkson. Cables replied, with McCulloch finding Kusaloka with a long ball, whose cross was headed wide by McMillan.

On 60 minutes, Cables’ Carl Furlong received his marching orders for striking out at Ben Middleton, who received a yellow card after an altercation involving the two players. Furlong appeared to have been provoked, and a red card seemed rather harsh.

Down to 10 men, Cables showed some resilience as they battled hard to get back into the game. Enzo Benn had a shot saved from the edge of the box by White. Culkin then came to Cables’ rescue, saving from Hughes.

Cables made their first change on 75 minutes, Potter replacing Benn. Potter was soon in action, receiving a pass from McMillan, his cross being taken by White in the Scarborough goal.

Kusaloka then had a shot blocked and Doran a cross headed clear as Cables continued to press for the equaliser. Culkin then tipped over Davey’s cross for a corner.

Cables made two further substitutions, Dempsey and Aylmer replacing Bannister and Shinks.

Culkin produced another fine save when he held Williams’s shot. With time running out, Cables almost snatched an equaliser, when McMillan’s fine cross dropped invitingly for an unmarked Rob Doran at the far post, who opted for power rather than placement, and blasted his shot high over the bar.

Prescot Cables: Culkin, Benn, Lynch, Murphy, Shinks, Doran, McCulloch, Bannister, Furlong, Kusaloka, McMillan. Substitutes: Beattie, Dempsey, Aylmer, Potter, Novak.

Scarborough: White, Middleton, Foot, Milne, Plummer, Bolder, Davey, Hughes, Blott, Clarkson, Williams. Substitutes: Davidson, Denton, Bradshaw, Riddley.

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