Match Report: Prescot Cables 0-0 Ossett Albion

By on Monday, August 18, 2014

Prescot CablesPrescot Cables FC racked up their first point of the season last Saturday, reports Richard Quinn.

Saturday 16 August 2014
Evo-Stik Division One North
Prescot Cables 0-0 Ossett Albion

Prescot Cables started the season with a goalless stalemate against Ossett Albion at Hope Street. Cables had the better opportunities to win the game and Albion’s Adam Rhodes was the busier of the two goalkeepers.

It was new Cables manager Neil Prince’s first competitive game in charge, and there were eight new faces in the Cables line up.

Ossett kicked off playing towards the Knowsley end. However, it was Cables who launched the first attack, from which Charlie Stoker’s shot was deflected for a corner. Mclaughlin took the corner from the right, but the referee blew for a foul in the penalty area and awarded Ossett a free kick.

Soon afterwards, Mclaughlin tried a chip shot from the edge of the penalty area, but Rhodes saved comfortably.

Noble and Harrison linked up down the left for Ossett, but Dodd made a fine tackle, putting the ball out for a throw in.

Bannister then had an attempt on goal for Cables, receiving the ball from Milne, but hit his shot over the bar.

On 22 minutes, Cables won a corner on the left, which was taken by McLaughlin. The ball was headed clear by the Ossett defence but played back in again by Cables, and Rhodes did well to save Joe Evans shot.

A long free kick for Ossett, taken by Milnes, was missed by Gibson in the Cables goal, but he made amends by gathering the ball from the feet of Lucas.

A long ball over the top of the Ossett defence for Stoker to run on to was intercepted by Lucas, who headed the ball back to his keeper.

Ossett were forced to make a couple of changes before the interval, when first Matthews limped off to be replaced by Brown, and then Harrison was carried off on a stretcher with what looked to be a knee injury, and he was replaced by Richardson.

Cables almost broke the deadlock on 44 minutes when, after a free kick was headed out for a corner, which McLaughlin took, McCulloch’s powerful goal-bound header was cleared off the line. Cables forced another corner in added time, taken by McLaughlin. and McCulloch was there again this time heading over.

Ossett started the second half on the offensive. Brown received the ball down the right in a sweeping passing movement, but his cross was cleared by the Cables defence.

Hardaker then played the ball up to Kelly, who laid it off to Milnes, who fired high over the cross bar. Noble then moved threateningly into the Cable’s penalty area, but Dodd came to the rescue with a fine sliding tackle.

It was a good spell of pressure from Ossett, and Gibson had to be alert, coming well out of his penalty area to kick clear, and then doing well to hold the ball under pressure from a corner taken by Noble.

Eventually Cables began to mount an attack, and Rhodes made a good save from Mark Kilroy’s long-range shot. Ossett forced another corner, and this time Gibson gathered at the second attempt.

Cables made their first change, Yunas Giwa Landre replacing Steve Milne, and he certainly added some pace and presence to the Cables attack.

Brown, who had looked dangerous for Ossett since coming on, tried a chip shot, which went over the bar, and then he sent Noble through on goal with a fine pass, but he placed his shot wide of the near post.

Cables made two further changes, Corlett and Black replacing Stoker and Bannister. Corlett went close to giving Cables the lead when he showed excellent skill in controlling the ball and firing just over the cross bar.

Cables continued to push forward in search of the winner, and Giwa Landre advanced into the penalty area on the left side, laying the ball off for Black, whose shot was saved at the far post by Rhodes.

Prescot Cables: Gibson, Graham, Kilroy, McCulloch, Dodd, Phillips, McLaughlin, Evans, Stoker, Bannister, Milne. Substitutes: Giwa Landre, Black, Corlett, Morrow, Reid.
Ossett Albion: Rhodes, Lucas, Hardaker, Owen, Milnes, Oniama, Noble, Jones, Kelly, Matthews, Harrison. Substitutes: Brown, Richardson, Nicholson, Thompson, Tracey.

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