Match Report: Prescot Cables 0-1 Ossett Town
Prescot Cables lost to Ossett Town by the only goal in a scrappy encounter at Hope Street.
Cables manager Neil Prince fielded the same side which had triumphed at Salford City in the FA Trophy last week.
Ossett kicked off playing towards the Hope Street end and were soon on the attack, which Cables managed to break down, responding with Corlett playing a cross-field pass, which was intercepted by Ossett’s Wood.
Ossett continued to press and took the lead on 9 minutes in somewhat fortunate circumstances. Steve Jeffs overlapped on the left, and his low cross was sliced into his own net by Jonah O’Reilly.
Ossett almost added to their lead soon afterwards when, after forcing a throw-in on the left, Richard Patterson’s header rebounded off the underside of the Cables cross bar.
Cables created their first scoring opportunity on 17 minutes, when Andy Griffiths passed to Rob Doran inside the penalty area, and his low shot was pushed past the post by Ossett keeper Brad Dixon for a corner.
Ossett were soon back on the attack, and a deep cross by Jeffs was taken at the second attempt by Cables keeper Ciaran Gibson. Richard Patterson provided another long cross into the Cables penalty area, and Danny Chambers just failed to connect with it.
Cables were awarded a free kick, on 23 minutes, taken by Sam Corlett, which was headed out for a corner. Cables took a short corner, which was cleared as far as Doran, who played the ball back in from the right, but it went over the bar and out of play.
After 30 minutes a shot from Jamie McCulloch was deflected into the path of Rob Doran, who appeared to be pushed off the ball by an Ossett defender, but Cables’ frantic appeals for a penalty were waved away by the referee.
Ossett won a free kick down the left side, which was taken by Merris deep into the Cables penalty area and was headed away by Anthony Shinks for a corner. The corner ,taken by Merris, was held by Gibson.
Cables attacked down the right, Bannister playing the ball into Phillips, who was adjudged offside. Another nice move down the right by Doran saw the final ball from Phillips mis-hit and collected by the Ossett defence.
Ossett caught Cables on the counter-attack, and a deep cross to the far post by Hepworth was put out for a corner by Griffiths. The corner was taken by Merris, who received the ball back from Chamberlain courtesy of an overhead kick to cross to the far post where the Cables defence headed clear.
Cables started the second half having made two changes during the interval, Ryan Mason replacing Jonah O’Reilly and Neil Prince replacing Any Griffiths. Prince moved into midfield with the ever-versatile Jamie McCulloch moving to centre back and Anthony Shinks moving to right back. Ryan Mason slotted into the left back position to add some pace and attacking threat on the left flank.
Prescot started the second half in determined mood, and the changes in personnel seemed to add some creativity to their attack.
On 50 minutes, Phillips and West linked up well to create an opportunity for Phil Bannister, who shot narrowly wide of the post. Sam Corlett forced a corner on the left side, taken by Prince, which appeared to be handled by an Ossett defender before falling into the path of Doran, whose hurried shot hit the top of the bar and went out for a goal kick.
Once again Cables’ appeals for a penalty were waved away by the referee.
Ciaran Gibson came out of his box to clear the danger when a long ball over the Cables defence put Patterson through on goal.
Ryan Mason produced a fine run down the left, and his swerving cross avoided both Rob Doran and Ossett keeper Dixon as it sailed out of play for a goal kick.
Ossett had their first attempt on goal in the second half on 61 minutes, Chambers dragging his shot well off-target.
Mason was proving a threat down the left side, and another fine run saw him cut inside and play the ball to Rob Doran just outside the penalty area.
Doran picked his spot nicely, hitting a fine drive towards the top corner of the net, but Dixon got a hand to it and managed to flick it over the cross bar. Amazingly, the referee deemed that the goalkeeper had not touched the ball and gave a goal kick.
Ossett won a corner on 74 minutes, which was only partially cleared by the Cables defence, and Danny Patterson’s long-range shot was comfortably held by Gibson.
Cables made their third change, James Gardner replacing Matt West. Gibson came out of his penalty area again to clear another long ball, played over the top of the Cables defence, but this time hit the ball against the advancing Danny Chambers.
The ball propelled backwards towards the Cables goal, but Liam Dodd was on hand to clear. Cables had the ball in the net on 84 minutes, Bannister firing home from 12 yards from the left side of the penalty area, but he was adjudged offside.
Banister played a fine ball over the top of the Ossett defence for Corlett to run on to, but Dixon produced a fine save to deny him.
Prescot Cables: Gibson, Griffiths, O’Reilly, Dodd, McCulloch, Doran, Bannister, West, Phillips, Corlett. Substitutes: Mason, C Gardner. J Gardner, Prince, Evans.
Ossett Town: Dixon, Hepworth, Jeff, Wood, Allott, D Patterson, Armstrong, R Patterson, Chambers, Wood, Merris. Substitures: Bower, Pasley, Akeister, Jones, Miller.