Match Report: Prescot Cables 3-3 New Mills
Editor’s note: Following Saturday’s match, Prescot Cables FC were voted Team of the Week by Nonleaguereview.co.uk. Bravo, lads!
Saturday 10 January 2015
Evo-Stik Division One North
Prescot Cables 3-3 New Mill
Match report by Richard Quinn
Prescot Cables came from two goals behind to share the spoils in a six-goal thriller at Hope Street, despite playing for most of the match with ten men.
Cables manager Neil Prince made three changes from the side which had started against Droylsden the previous week, Jonah O’Reilly, Jack Phillips and James Edgar replacing Andy Griffiths, Oscar Durnin and Sam Corlett. Cables kicked off playing towards the Knowsley End.
After some scrappy opening exchanges, the game burst into life after two minutes, when Cables keeper Ciaran Gibson was sensationally sent off for a deliberate handball outside the penalty area.
Attempting to clear a long ball launched forward by New Mills, Gibson stepped out of the penalty area handling the ball, and the referee had no other option than to produce a red card.
With no substitute goal keeper on the bench to call upon, James Edgar took over in goal. From the resulting free kick, Hampson curled his shot wide of the far post. New Mills were soon on the attack again and Edgar saved well from Antonie-Clarke.
New Mills forced a corner when Aaron Chalmers shot from the right was blocked by the Cables defence. From the corner Daniel Grimshaw got a powerful header in which Edgar saved well. Mason Ryan had an opportunity as Cables broke quickly down the right side but he dragged his shot wide of the post.
Aaron Chalmers then played the ball through for Hampson, who crossed to the far post, where Kirkby flicked his shot wide.
Cables won a free kick on 15 minutes after Prince was fouled by Aaron Chalmers, who was shown a yellow card. Prince took the free kick, finding McCulloch, whose shot was pushed away for a corner by Ashley in goal.
Cables were awarded another free kick, which Prince again took, launching it deep into the penalty area for O’Reilly, whose header was saved by Ashley.
Cables created another opportunity when Ryan played a defence splitting pass through to Corlett, whose shot was saved by Ashely.
New Mills took the lead on 29 minutes, when Daniel Grimshaw’s dipping cross into the Cables penalty area dropped nicely at the feet of Warren Gaskin, who prodded the ball into the net from close range. Cables responded immediately, Jack Phillips producing a shot on the turn, which Ashley saved well.
Cables won another free kick on 31 minutes again taken by Prince. McCulloch got up well sending a fine header wide of Ashley towards the far corner of the goal.
Danny Flood followed the ball into the net, but it had already crossed the goal line and was awarded to McCulloch. The goal lifted Cables, and they finished the first half strongly, Ashley saving from Phillips as Cables threatened again. Another free kick from Prince was headed clear by New Mills as Cables continued to press.
New Mills made a change at the start of the second half, James Moss replacing James Hampson.
New Mills got off to a flying start in the second half with two goals inside the first four minutes. On 46 minutes, Daniel-Douglas Pringle played a neat pass to James Kirkby inside the penalty area, who turned sharply and fired neatly into the far corner of the net.
New Mills were soon on the attack again, Moss crossing for Forde, who headed over from in front of goal.
New Mills didn’t have to wait long to score again. On 49 minutes, Douglas-Pringle latched onto a long ball over the Cables defence, and scored with a powerful shot which went in off the far post.
It looked like game, set and match to New Mills, but Cables had other ideas. Mason Ryan cut inside from the right and fired into the side netting.
On 56 minutes, Cables were awarded a free kick for a foul by Aaron Chalmers on McCulloch. Neil Prince worked his magic again, aiming for the far post, where Jonah O’Reilly headed it back across goal for McCulloch to score from close range.
New Mills made a further substitution, Dom Welsby replacing Aaron Chalmers.
Cables almost paid for a defensive lapse when a sloppy back pass let in James Kirkby but James Edgar was alert and cleared the danger.
On 66 minutes Cables made their first change, Sam Corlett replacing Mason Ryan.
Cables continued to press for the equaliser. Prince had a shot blocked then from another free kick, McCulloch headed the ball down to Liam Dodd, who flicked his shot wide of the post.
Cables made their second change on 74 minutes, Oscar Durnin replacing Neil Prince.
New Mills had another opportunity to make the game safe when, after McCulloch headed clear from a corner kick, the ball was knocked back in by Hopper and Edgar saved from Douglas-Pringle.
Sam Corlett then ventured down the right for Cable, cutting inside, his shot being saved by Ashley.
Douglas-Pringle headed wide from Grimshaw’s cross as play switched from end to end. Cables made their third substitution, Ben Greenop replacing Andy Harper. New Mills then had another opportunity to put the game out of Cables reach, Grimshaw firing across goal where Douglas-Pringle got a touch to it only for Edgar to block it with his body.
On 83 minutes, Cables’ determination paid off with an equalising goal. After Corlett’s corner had been cleared, Jamie McCulloch fired a powerful shot from 25 yards, which rebounded off the goal post into the path of Jack Phillips, who gleefully slotted the ball home.
The game wasn’t over yet, as both sides threw caution to the wind in search of the winner.
Daniel Grimshaw struck the Cables crossbar with a blistering shot from 25 yards. New Mills then made their final change, Landgreen replacing Hopper, but it was all to no avail as Cables saw out the closing minutes to earn a well-deserved point.
Prescot Cables: Gibson, Flood, Harper, O’Reilly, Dodd, McCulloch, Prince, Evans, Edgar, Corlett, Ryan. Substitutes: Corlett, Green, Griffiths, Greenop, Durnin.
New Mills: Ashley, Antonie-Clarke, Grimshaw, A Chalmers, Gaskin, L Chalmer, Hopper, Forde, Hampson, Douglas-Pringle, Kirkby. Substitutes: Moss, Welsby, Fitton, Parsons, Landregan.