Prescot Cables 2-0 Start to Season
Prescot Cables Football Club ended last season in formidable fashion, beating Litherland Remyca 9-0 to reach the final of the Liverpool Senior Cup – although they lost the final 3-0 to Everton U21s.
On Saturday 13 August, the 2016-17 season kicked off with a Cables victory against Ossett Town. Match report is by Richard Quinn. (Pictured: Man of the Match Joe Herbert)
Saturday 13 August 2016
Evo-Stik Division One North
Prescot Cables 2-0 Ossett Town
Prescot Cables got their season off to a flying start with an impressive victory against a competitive Ossett side at Volair Park.
Cables Manager Andy Paxton fielded several new signings in his lineup, including experienced keeper Tom Brocklehurst, ex-Liverpool Academy player Nathan Quirk and midfielder Michael Simpson.
Cable kicked off playing towards the Knowsley end, but it was Ossett who mounted the first attack of the game, winning a free kick midway inside the Cables half when Riley was brought down.
Richards took the free kick, floating it towards the far post, where Petersen rose above the Cables defence only to head wide.
Cables thought they had taken the lead on 3 minutes, when Nathan Quirk’s shot from the edge of the box was deflected in by Lloyd Dean at the far post, but the flag went up, and it was ruled offside.
Rob Doran played the ball to James Edgar on the left, whose cross was cleared by Ossett defender Tyrone Gay.
Ossett played a long ball out of defence for Petersen, who was brought down outside the penalty area by Jamie McCulloch. The free kick to the far post by Richards was over-hit and drifted out of play.
Richards tried a speculative shot from 25 yards, which Tom Brocklehurst did well to tip over the crossbar for a corner kick.
Richards, who was proving to be a dominant force for Ossett in the centre of midfield, took the corner, which Brocklehurst caught confidently and cleared.
Brocklehurst made another fine save on 17 minutes, blocking a shot from Petersen after Hendrie had flicked the ball on.
Ossett were now in the ascendency, and after the Cables defence had only partially cleared a cross from Riley, a blistering drive from Richards flashed past the far post.
After withstanding this spell of pressure from Ossett, Rob Doran dispossessed Gay on 22 minutes, but Ossett keeper Leigh Overton was alert to the danger and blocked Doran’s shot.
On 26 minutes, Cables were awarded a penalty, when Lloyd Dean produced a defence-splitting pass for James Edgar, who was brought down inside the penalty area by Gallagher. who received a yellow card for his indiscretion.
Rob Doran took the spot kick for Cables, confidently stroking the ball into the right corner of the net to give Cables the lead.
Cables almost doubled their lead a minute later, when a lovely cross-field ball from Dean found Edgar, whose goal-bound attempt was palmed away by Overton for a corner.
On 29 minutes, Ossett were awarded a free kick, taken by Gaughan, which was headed on by Gay, but Brocklehurst again collected comfortably.
Ossett almost gifted Cables a second goal when Overton fumbled the ball under pressure and, with Lloyd Dean waiting to pounce, Jackson cleared from in front of goal.
As the first half drew to a close, Jamie McCulloch produced a fine tackle on Mackie before clearing the ball safely.
Ossett started the second half on the offensive in search of an early goal, and a dipping shot by Petersen just cleared the Cables cross bar.
A long ball from Ossett right-back Gallagher into the Cables penalty area was collected by Brocklehurst, who was in action soon afterwards, punching away a shot from Riley.
Ossett keeper Leigh Overton displayed his heading skills when he headed clear a long ball for Lloyd Dean. James Edgar then played the ball inside to Rob Doran, who hit a shot on the turn, which Overton saved comfortably.
Ossett made their first change on 59 minutes, Fogerty replacing Riley.
Cables won a corner on the right and played a short one, Edgar receiving the ball back from Quirk to cross into the penalty area, where Overton punched clear under pressure from Dean and Doran.
Hendrie became the second Ossett player to be shown a yellow card, for a foul on James Edgar.
On 68 minutes, Ossett made their second change, Houghton replacing Gallagher, and Cables replaced Rob Doran with Dominic Marie.
Marie was soon in action, being put through on goal by Staunton Turner, but Overton was first to the ball and cleared the danger.
Cables could not afford to relax, however, and after Brocklehurst had punched clear a cross from Hendrie, Petersen fired wide of the far post.
On 75 minutes, Cables made their second change, Jack Phillips replacing Sam Staunton Turner.
On 76 minutes Cables scored their second goal, when Dean played a pass through the Ossett defence for James Edgar to slip the ball past Overton to put Cables 2-0 ahead.
Ossett refused to throw in the towel, and Petersen spurned an opportunity when he headed over the bar from Hendrie’s cross.
Cables made their third and final change on 80 minutes, Josh Nicholson replacing James Edgar.
Jack Phillips went on a long run through the middle firing over the bar as Cables sought to increase their lead. Tom Brocklehurst made another fine clearance, punching clear across from Jackson as they played out the final minutes to record a fine victory.
Prescot Cables: Brocklehurst, Jones, Johnstone, Herbert, McCulloch, Simpson, Quirk, Staunton-Turner, Dean, Doran, Edgar. Substitutes: Nicholson, Evans, Bannister, Phillips, Marie.
Ossett Town: Overton, Kilner, Jackson, McBurnie, Gay, Gaughan, Mackie, Richards, Petersen, Riley, Hendrie. Substitutes: Farnall, Atkinson, Houghton, Freeman, Fogerty.