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FA Cup First Round Qualifying
City of Liverpool FC Vs Morpeth Town
Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 7.45pm, Berry Street Garage Stadium, L30 1NY
City of Liverpool FC has now held two home fixtures that have been organised in accordance with the latest guidance from the FA for the “Limited Return Of Spectators For Clubs At Steps 3-6” and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport “Return to Recreational Team Sport Framework”:
The club wishes to place on record its thanks to all supporters who attended these matches and complied with both the guidance issued and the directions of our stewarding team when in the stadium.
Having successfully hosted a Stage 1 fixture (with capacity capped at 200 spectators) and a Stage 2 fixture on Saturday (with capacity capped at 400 spectators), the club was looking forward to welcoming another 400 attendance to Vesty Road for this exciting FA Cup tie.
However, the introduction of increased local Covid-19 related restrictions from Tuesday 22nd September now mean that this is not possible.
At the time of writing, the specific details of these restrictions are still to be published. Accordingly, the club has sought expert advice from public health professionals. On the basis of the information that we have been able to gather at very short notice, it appears that semi-professional football can be played, but that supporters will be “advised” not to attend semi-professional football matches from an as yet to be published time on Tuesday. However, there may be a caveat in that the FA Cup tie is organised under the auspices of a professional body. We are awaiting further guidance on this point.
City of Liverpool FC fully, and without equivocation, supports the introduction of stronger local measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. However, in the absence of specific guidance to the contrary, we feel we must complete this FA Cup match. The alternative being to forfeit the tie and effectively resign from this season’s FA Cup.
In deciding to hold the match, the club has considered three options:
Following careful consideration, the club has decided that the match will take place under Stage 1 DCMS and NLS Guidance, with stadium capacity capped at 200 spectators.
In practical terms, this means that supporters will once again be required to co-operate with the club in the implementation of our measures to ensure a safe environment for all in attendance:
Any supporters who feel that they cannot comply with these reasonable, and necessary, regulations are welcome to not attend matches until “normality” returns.
Please note that all areas outside of the clubhouse are under the jurisdiction of City of Liverpool FC for the duration of our home matches. As such, all supporters are requested to comply with the directions given by the club’s stewarding team.
This advice may be subject to change at short notice should further definitive public health guidance be made available to the club. Please follow the club’s social media channels for the latest updates.
CITY OF LIVERPOOL FC Vs MORPETH TOWN
7.45pm, Tuesday 22nd September 2020
Berry Street Garage Stadium, Vesty Road, Bootle L30 1NY
STAGE 2 FIXTURE – ONE WAY SYSTEM
> Cashless entry at turnstiles
> Follow one way systerm anti clockwise to designated terrace/stand area as directed by stewards
> Covered terracing to be filled by “compartment” from furthest barrier at the Romans End, followed by The Shed, then the Dodge Kop
> Seating to be filled to limited capacity, by those requesting a seat, from the stand nearest the Romans End to the stand ajacent to The Shed
> No pitchside standing outside of the Romans End, The Shed or Dodge Kop
> Pathway around the pitchside perimeter fencing to be kept clear to enable unobstructed passing
> Unless capacity determines otherwise, decking to be kept clear to enable distanced queuing for facilities and unobstructed exit from facilities
COLFC V MORPETH TOWN
FA CUP 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND
TUESDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 19:45 KO
Due to local lockdown restrictions coming into force we are returning to a Phase 1 capacity of 200 for the Morpeth Town game.
In order for non-league football to be back playing regularly we have new rules we have to adhere to concerning Covid-19. Capacity is limited to 200 and it is an ALL TICKET MATCH. If you havent bought a ticket online please don’t turn up as you will be refused entry.
Please be respectful of our volunteers who will be trying to ensure people stick to the guidelines. It is important for everyone’s health that these are adhered to particularly as there has been a rise in cases recently and so we can all keep watching the Purps in as safe an environment as possible.
As per previous club communications, there will be a one way system in place around the ground, and temperature checking will take place at the turnstiles. It is compulsory for all supporters attending the match to adhere to social distancing and attendees must also wear a face mask, unless they have a medical exemption.
City of Liverpool began their league campaign with a 4-2 home defeat to Marske United on Saturday. 3-0 down at one stage they fought back to 3-2 through a Nathan Burke penalty and a 25 yard Jack Hazlehurst free-kick. Marske however made sure of the victory by adding a fourth goal in the last few minutes.
Last season in the 1st Qualifying round we took Warrington Town to a replay after a 2-2 draw away at Cantilever Park. A spectacular Jack Hazlehurst brace (He does love an FA Cup goal!) put us within touching distance of the next round before a Warrington equaliser deep into injury time.
The tie went to a replay which unfortunately proved a step too far as we lost 4-0, with new Purps signing Tony Gray on the scoresheet for the Yellows that night. Notably that night we lost centre back Danny Dalton to a season ending injury after only 30 seconds. Its great to see him working his way back to full fitness during pre-season.
Morpeth Town are a Step 3 club, playing 1 league higher than the Purps in the Northern Premier Division. Based in Northumberland, they have had recent success in FA competitions winning the FA Vase at Wembley in 2016. Last season they reached the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup before losing 1-0 to Nantwich Town.
Before the null and void Morpeth where 9th in the Northern Premier Division. However they were looking to make a push for the playoffs as they were only 5 points adrift but with an incredible 7 games in hand.
The Highwaymen officially began their league campaign on Saturday with a 1-1 draw at home against Grantham Town. The fixture against City of Liverpool will be their second match of the season.
This is the first meeting between City of Liverpool and Morpeth Town.
Car– For the Sat Nav use postcode L30 1NY
Train– They are every 15 minutes from Liverpool Central. Board the Ormskirk train and alight at Aintree. Ground is a 5 minute walk from there.
The Purps lost on the opening day of the PitchingIn NPLNW season, after an inspired display from Marske United’s Matty Tymon saw the visitors take away the three points.
Marske took the lead on 7 minutes after the lively Curtis Round broke free down the left and picked out Adam Boyes with a devilish ball in, the forward made no mistake, tapping home from inside the 6 yard box.
The Purps rallied instantly and left back Stephen Rigby picked out Elliott Nevitt with a great free kick but the forward hammered over on the stretch.
Following the opener it was an end to end affair, and the Purps had in form keeper Owen Wheeler to thank as he twice raced off his line to deny Curtis Round in a matter of minutes. The Marske winger was having a fine game but should have done better after being clean through on goal on both occasions.
Marske should have added to their lead shortly afterwards, as Adam Wheatley made a mess of a golden chance, heading over at the back post unmarked with the goal at his mercy.
It didn’t take long for the visitors to add to their lead however, as Matty Tymon somehow looped the ball over Wheeler and into the net whilst on the deck as everyone thought the danger had gone.
Tymon wasted no time in adding to his tally and the forward made it 0-3 to the visitors on 27 minutes. The dangerous Curtis Round again broke free down the left, cutting an inch perfect ball back for Tymon to place an emphatic side footed finish into the back of the net.
Moments later, Purps left back Stephen Rigby was inches away from giving the hosts a route back into the game, curling a fine left footed free kick from 30 yards inches wide of Marske custodian Ryan Catterick’s upright.
At the other end, Owen Wheeler again had to be on his toes to produce a brilliant double stop as the visitors broke free again down the left. The Purps goalkeeper stood big to make the initial save, before springing to his feet to block the rebound as Marske thought they had a fourth.
The Purps finally got a route back into the game on 41 minutes as Dom Reid was upended in the box and referee Mark McQuillan immediately pointed to the spot.
Nathan Burke stepped up to take the spot kick and made no mistake, sending Catterick the wrong way to make it 1-3.
On the stroke of half time it should have been 2-3 as a brilliant turn and cross from Elliott Nevitt picked out the late-arriving Gerard Kinsella but the midfielder sliced his effort under pressure and Marske cleared.
HALF TIME: City of Liverpool 1-3 Marske United
City of Liverpool manager Craig Robinson made two changes at the interval with Jason Jeffries being replaced by Tom Stephens and Tony Gray coming on for Gerard Kinsella, as the Purps looked to find a way back into the game.
It was a cagey second period however, as Marske looked to control possession and sit on their lead.
The Purps were frustrated by marginal decisions as Elliott Nevitt was pulled back for offside when he looked a few yards on, and Tony Gray penalised when robbing Kevin Burgess of possession in his own box and releasing Nevitt through on goal.
The hosts did get their second goal however on 84 minutes as substitute Jack Hazlehurst curled a magnificent 30 yard free kick into the postage stamp to set up an entertaining finish.
Marske United didn’t read the script though, as within a minute of the Purple Messi’s goal the visitors had a fourth. Matty Tymon found space in the box after good work from Jack Blackford and the forward grabbed his hat trick, firing low into the bottom left hand corner across Wheeler who had no chance.
FULL TIME: City of Liverpool 2-4 Marske United.
CITY OF LIVERPOOL TEAM: Wheeler, Jeffries (Stephens 46), Rigby, Burke, Brown, McCarten, Kinsella (Gray 45), Barrow, Nevitt, McDonald, Reid (Hazlehurst).
Purps MOTM: Owen Wheeler – The Purps goalkeeper made a string of great stops in the first half as the visitors threatened the home goal.
Matchday Photo Gallery:
The Purps host Morpeth Town in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round on Tuesday 22nd September (7:45pm kick off).
In line with COVID capacity restrictions, admission is capped at 400 and tickets are available using the following Skiddle link. Supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets early to avoid missing out.
Please also check out the club’s COVID guidance infographic and work with our volunteers when attending fixtures so we can continue to create a safe environment for all.
City of Liverpool FC
SPECTATOR GUIDANCE FOR LIMITED RETURN TO FOOTBALL
Having successfully hosted a Stage 1 fixture, with capacity capped at 200 spectators, the club can now progress to a Stage 2 fixture with capacity capped at 400 spectators. The details of this fixture are as follows:
City of Liverpool FC Vs Marske United
Saturday 19th September 2020, 3pm, Berry Street Garage Stadium, L30 1NY
This fixture will be organised in accordance with the latest guidance from the FA for the “Limited Return Of Spectators For Clubs At Steps 3-6” and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport “Return to Recreational Team Sport Framework”.
In practical terms, this means that supporters will be required to co-operate with the club in the implementation of our measures. This is to ensure that we can ensure a safe environment for all in attendance and successfully complete Stage 2 of the return of supporters to our matches.
> Please do not attend if you have any Covid-19 symptoms
> There will be temperature checking prior to entry
> To protect our gatehouse volunteers, entry will be by pre-paid e-ticket or contactless card payment
> There will be a one-way system in place, see plan attached
> Please follow signage and co-operate with stewards at all times
> Please comply with social distancing guidance at all times
> Please observe queueing systems for all facilities and follow signage
> Keep designated passing areas around the pitch perimeter fence clear
> To maintain social distancing, terracing at each end of the stadium will be compartmentalised to hold no more than 6 spectators per designated area, as directed by the match stewards
> Please use hand sanitiser provided
> Face coverings are recommended
> The right to refuse admission sits with COLFC
COLFC V MARSKE UNITED
SATURDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 3PM KO
In order for non-league football to be back playing regularly we have new rules we have to adhere to concerning Covid-19. Capacity is limited to 400 and it is an ALL TICKET MATCH. If you havent bought a ticket online please don’t turn up as you will be refused entry.
Please be respectful of our volunteers who will be trying to ensure people stick to the guidelines. It is important for everyone’s health that these are adhered to and so we can all keep watching the Purps in as safe an environment as possible.
For those Purps with a peculiar sense of deja vu, yes we are playing Marske again on the opening day of our League campaign! In order to quickly produce a fixture list for the season, the League officials have taken last years fixtures and just flipped them. So whereas last year we began away at Marske, we now play them at home.
City of Liverpool began the season last Saturday with a comprehensive 3-0 away win to Glossop NE in the FA Cup Preliminary Round. A number of outstanding individual performances on the day, with goals from Elliot Nevitt, Gerard Kinsella and Jack Hazlehurst meant we have now reached at least the 1st Qualifying Round in each of our last 3 seasons.
Marske themselves have also reached the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Cup following a 2-0 away win over Crook Town AFC which was preceeded by a 3-0 home win against North Shields.
This will be the 3rd meeting between the Purps and Marske United. Our previous two fixtures both coming last season. Both games where keenly contested however Markse won each of these matches 1-0. Hopefully third time’s the charm for the Purps on Saturday afternoon.
17th Aug 2019. MARSKE 1-0 COLFC
21st Dec 2019. COLFC 0-1 MARSKE
Car– For those travelling fans the postcode is L30 1NY
Train– They are every 15 minutes from Liverpool Central. Board the Ormskirk train and alight at Aintree. Ground is a 5 minute walk from there.
Deprived of seeing their mates, standing in their regular spots, singing and shouting for ninety minutes.
Deprived of the hustle and bustle of a non league football match day.
Two hundred and two days since for many, the highlight of their week was snatched from them.
No more footy.
No more days out.
No more seeing your mates.
The global pandemic meant the gates were locked and the turnstiles closed for the best part of seven months.
The world stood still for spring and summer.
There were bevies over Zoom calls and we tried to get in to the Bundesliga to fill a void until the Premier League was back.
BBC and ITV replayed old tournaments, but it doesn’t compare to discussing what team Robbo will put out, which left back Jack Hazlehurst was going to send for the Echo, who the new lad on the bench is, or whether it’s the Kopites or Shedites who are the gobshites.
Reminiscing old football matches was something I found myself spending hour after hour doing during lockdown.
I began to think about all the times I’ve had following football, and how they have shaped my life experiences.
I also began to think just what football means to me, why I missed it so much, and why I was so desperate to get it back.
Everyone has their own reasons for loving football.
Just like everyone has their own reasons for loving their football club.
For me, football is all about identity.
The feeling of being part of a collective group, all sharing the same beliefs and values.
This is what makes City of Liverpool so special.
The working class mindset is displayed everywhere. The uniqueness of knowing you’re stood next to people with the same morals, evidenced through songs and banners is something I craved.
I missed bursting out a chant of “fuck the Tories” and I missed hearing the shouts to opposition goalkeepers that only Scouse football fans could come up with.
I missed seeing the faces that have become a part of my life since 2016.
I then found myself wondering why.
Why was this so important in my life?
Pre Covid Britain was heading towards Brexit, and the Tories had secured a devastating majority in Parliament.
For many, times have been tough, and going the game provides an output.
It offers the chance to stand with likeminded people, and release the stress and tension that builds up during the week.
On a Saturday afternoon, we can channel our emotions through song, and support the lads in purple on the pitch.
Lockdown brought its own struggles which I am sure we all felt.
I wasn’t able to shrug the weekly struggles off with a day at the match.
Just like everyone else, I felt all the emotions.
Frustration, sometimes loneliness.
I missed my mates and I missed letting off my emotions at the game.
Days lacked meaning and weeks dragged.
Football brings structure and without it there was none. I could not wait for the feeling waking up on a Saturday and knowing its Saturday because the Purps are playing.
It came back last week for a friendly away to FC United of Manchester.
Personally, the days leading to this game had been particularly tough. But the unrivalled joy of arriving at the ground and seeing mates I hadn’t seen for seven months is something that simply cannot be beaten.
The greatest pick up I could ever have.
For the next two hours, the last seven months were forgotten.
Live football was back. Everything that we love and missed was there. The faces, the songs, the banners. It all meant so much.
I stood with people, who despite not seeing for the majority of the year, I share an unbreakable bond with.
The bond that was created through similar morals and values, and the love for this football club and this city.
That sense of collectivism and belonging was all I needed to forget the troubles of the world, and my own personal problems.
The intensity of the game itself was fantastic and tackles were flying round.
This just helped ramp up the atmosphere and the travelling Purps made up for lost time.
The post game pictures that emerged of the Purps singing and dancing on the terraces perfectly captured the sheer happiness of being back. The smiles, the clenched fists, the waving scarves; they’re all imagery of passion and joy.
Whilst I understand to many its just fellers legging it after a ball, to many it is so, so much more. I felt like once again I belonged to something.
The one thing that unites so many people and allows us to channel all our emotions is back.
It means everything.
Fan Focus #1 by Mark Thomas.
Fan Focus Gallery
As part of our #FanFocus series we’re encouraging supporters to document their experiences as a Purps fan by sending images to the pinned thread on @PurpsMatchday Twitter account. We’ll regularly update the #FanFocus gallery on the website with each blog entry.
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After a commanding 0-3 victory away to Glossop North End in Saturday’s FA Cup Preliminary round, Craig Robinson’s side start their Northern Premier League North West campaign on Saturday 19th September at home to Marske United. Kick off is 3pm.
Due to Covid restrictions, the attendance is limited to 400 spectators and there are a limited number of tickets now available on General Sale (approx 100) at the following prices:
Adults £8.00 + 80p booking fee
Concessions £4.00 + 80p booking fee
Supporters can purchase tickets using the following link and are encouraged to do so early to avoid missing out.
City of Liverpool opened the season with a convincing victory in the FA Cup over Glossop North End in front of 350 fans at the Ambec Forklift Stadium.
There was a late change to the starting lineup as striker Tony Gray had to be replaced by Elliot Nevitt after the warm up.
The opening half an hour was a cagey affair with no chances of note. Both teams were combative in midfield but failed to convert that into attempts at goal.
When the first chance of the game came on 30 minutes it was put away with aplomb. Elliot Nevitt picking up a loose back pass just inside the Glossop half, he raced away towards the box leaving both centre backs running in treacle, before calmly placing it past the on coming keeper into the bottom corner. Cue jubilation from the travelling Purps!
Glossop put the Purps under a bit of pressure as the half drew to a close. Plenty of long balls into the box but Brown and McCarten won everything with Burke, Barrow and Kinsella working hard to get the second ball and try to push City of Liverpool forward on the counter attack.
HALF TIME: GLOSSOP 0-1 COLFC
The Purps where straight on the front foot after the restart. Kinsella driving down the left before slipping a pass to the overlapping Rigby, his pull back however was too close to the Glossop keeper with Nevitt and Reid arriving.
Minutes later Rigby curled a beauty of a free kick into the box. McCarten had got across his man and his clever dummy ricocheted off a Glossop defender but fortunately for him it was close to the keeper who gathered.
Burke began to find pockets of space in midfield and looked to set Nevitt in behind. The flag was quickly up despite Nevitt running from deep but it was a sign of things to come as the Purps searched for a second goal.
Glossop had their first attempt as Wheeler was almost caught off his line by a chipped effort from the right but Rigby was back on the line to clear the danger.
The Purps almost extended the lead as Nevitt again raced clear from a lovely through ball from Barrow. The angle was tight but he rolled it inches past the far post.
A minute later the second goal came on 61 minutes. Again Barrow released Nevitt with a lovely through ball but he just ran a tide wide in the box. Nevitt had runners arriving in support and he kept the ball well before finding Kinsella who took a touch sat the keeper down and placed it over him to double the lead.
Glossop again resorted to long balls and deep free kicks to try and find a way into the game. McCarten, Brown and Barrow all dealing with the threat and Wheeler was also a composed presence coming through a crowded box on a couple of occasions to claim crosses.
Nevitt was having a field day as the midfield looked to #FeedTheBeast at every opportunity. Twice more being sent clear but mis hitting one from a tight angle as it bobbled up another the keeper raced off his line to thwart the danger.
The Purps put the tie beyond doubt and added a third on 76 minutes. Dom Reid this time racing away but a Glossop defender managed to get back goal side and hold him up. With his back to goal he rolled a pass into substitute Jack Hazlehurst who made no mistake. Jack had been on the pitch for less than 2 minutes before sealing the win.
On 84 minutes substitute John McGrath received a red card following a clash with a Glossop defender. But the Purps saw out the tie and ensured we are into the next round. The draw takes place on Monday at around midday.
FINAL SCORE: GLOSSOP 0-3 COLFC
LINEUP: Wheeler, Jeffries, Brown, McCarten, Rigby, Burke, Barrow, Kinsella (Hazlehurst), Reid (McGrath), Nevitt, McDonald (Corrigan).
MAN OF THE MATCH: There were outstanding performances all over the pitch but Elliott Nevitt is more than deserving. He gave the Glossop centre backs a torrid 90 minutes. Always a willing runner in behind and holding up the play to bring others in.
GLOSSOP NE VS CITY OF LIVERPOOL
FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND
SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER 3PM KO
It’s been a long road to get here but 6 months after the 2019/2020 season was officially declared null and void due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Purps are back playing competitive fixtures. This weekend the new season officially starts for us and there is no better competition to begin the season than the FA Cup.
Craig Robinson has a new look squad at his disposal, with a number of eye catching signings including the veteran striker Tony Gray, Nathan Burke, Louis Corrigan and James Yates. He has also further boosted his attacking options by bringing back Craig Cairns to the club. Jordan Barrow, Stephen Rigby and Dominic Reid are also new faces to have impressed in pre-season.
Glossop North End will be our first opponents of the new season. They are also members of the Northern Premier League however they play in the South/East Division as opposed to ourselves in the North/West Division.
This will be the 3rd time we have faced Glossop with the previous fixtures also being in the FA Cup. Back in August 2018 when the Purps were operating at Step 5 against Step 4 opponents, a twisting and turning Jack Hazlehurst equaliser earned a 1-1 draw at home setting up a replay at Surrey Street.
The replay was a back and forth affair. Twice Glossop took the lead and twice the Purps got back into the game through John McGrath and again Jack Hazlehurst. The tie went into extra time and less than a minute in Dave Forbes picked the defender’s pocket and fired home the winner.
25/08/18 COLFC 1-1 Glossop NE
04/09/18 Glossop NE 2-3 COLFC (aet)
Car– It’s just over an hour drive. Use postcode SK13 8GG for the sat nav
Train– It will cost £18.80 for a return. Lime Street- Man Piccadilly- Glossop
City of Liverpool and FC United of Manchester played out a keenly fought draw on an entertaining afternoon in front of 600 fans at Broadhurst Park.
Both sides started brightly, but the Purps were indebted to solid defending from skipper Jay McCarten and Anthony Brown in the opening minutes, as the hosts looked to get in behind.
It was the Purps however who could have opened the scoring early on, as great footwork from Jamie McDonald saw him beat his man out wide and clip a ball to the back post. New signing Nathan Burke and Ethan Devine got in each other’s way arriving late, and the former sliced wide.
The hosts built a foothold in the game and looked dangerous with their passing football out wide and threatening delivery from set pieces. McCarten and Brown stood firm though and despatched a catalogue of dangerous deliveries from corners as FC pressed for the opener.
City of Liverpool looked extremely dangerous on the counter-attack, with Jamie McDonald giving FC United right back Jack Lenehan a torrid time all afternoon.
It was McDonald and strike partner Craig Cairns who pressed well to win back possession and release Burke, however just as the ball broke for the midfielder to get his shot away, FC defender Aaron Morris got a vital toe on the ball to nick it away.
The Purps were buoyed by the chances they were creating, and took the lead when FC failed to cope with Stephen Rigby’s header from a Jay McCarten long ball.
The ball appeared to break to Jamie McDonald in an offside position causing confusion in the FC backline, however the forward played to the whistle, hammering a brilliant angled across keeper Joshua Brooks and into the net.
The linesman’s flag wasn’t forthcoming and the Purps had the lead.
FC rallied and had a great spell of possession following the opener, with the Purps defending resolutely in their own half and limited to counter attacking opportunities.
Jordan Barrow made a brave block to deny a rasping long range effort from FC skipper Mike Potts as the hosts looked to restore parity.
The Purps continued to look dangerous on the counter through the lively McDonald who carried the ball deep into the FC half and released Burke on the right of the area.
The Purps midfielder tied Adam Dodd in knots with lovely footwork and just as he looked to get a shot away, feigned a selfless ball to the back post for Cairns waiting for a tap in, only for an FC defender to intercept his cross at the last second.
Moments later, Cairns had a golden opportunity to make it two nil but sliced wide left footed across the face of goal when clean through.
Nathan Burke again drew a good save from Brooks after beating a couple of defenders on the angle again with tricky footwork as the Purps finished the half strong on the counter-attack.
As the half closed out, the visitors were indebted to in-form goalkeeper Owen Wheeler who made a sublime point-blank range stop to deny FC at the back post after an inch-perfect ball in.
The Purps went in ahead at the break and looked good value for it in a keenly contested end to end affair with both sides threatening.
Within minutes of the restart however, FC finally had the parity they craved as on loan Fleetwood Town forward Michael Fowler nodded home a perfect ball from the left by the dangerous Regan Linney.
The Purps stood strong and settled well after the goal with Jordan Barrow and Jay Yates in particular doing everything asked of them as FC looked to attack.
Yates had to receive lengthy treatment from Purps physio Nathan Sullivan after sustaining a nasty facial injury taking Adam Dodd’s forearm to the face. The FC full back was lucky the referee didn’t appear have a clear view of the incident as several Purps were incensed the officials didn’t take action.
Purps goalkeeper Owen Wheeler produced the save of the match as the dangerous Linney again cut in off the left and curled an arrowing right footed effort towards the corner. As the crowd and FC fans waited for the net to bulge, Wheeler clawed the ball out for a corner at full stretch.
Jordan Barrow almost capped an individual display with the winner on a rare foray forward. The ball broke kindly on the right hand side of the area for the midfielder who chested down and hammered a right footed effort which was clawed out by a great stop from Brooks.
At the other end, FC had a great chance to win it as Fowler was released in behind on the right hand side of the area, but the powerful forward fired wide as Wheeler rushed out to narrow the angle.
As the half drew to a close, things became rather spicy as both sides put in some poor challenges. A melee ensued as Tom Stevens took revenge for a dreadful challenge from behind on Nathan Burke by going through the back of Fowler. The forward retaliated and as the ref calmed things down only a yellow was produced for the initial foul on Burke.
There was still time left for Stevo to make a brilliant block in his own box deep into injury time as FC threatened to grab the winner, however the full time whistle went as the resulting corner went out of play and the Purps had a deserved draw in a pulsating game.
FINAL SCORE: FCUM 1-1 COLFC
COLFC: Wheeler, Yates, McCarten, Brown (Stevens), Rigby, Burke, Barrow, Devine (Hazlehurst), McDonald (Nevitt), Cairns (Gray), Reid (McGrath).
MAN OF THE MATCH: Jay Yates had a brilliant game at right back at takes the MOTM, just shading the imperious Jordan Barrow who was also fantastic all afternoon.
MATCHDAY PHOTO GALLERY:
City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce the signing of Nathan Burke from FC United of Manchester.
An energetic and accomplished box-to-box midfielder, Nathan has a great reputation in the game having started his career at Liverpool FC Academy.
The 24 year old scouser spent nine years at the Premier League club, where he held the role of captain at various youth levels.
After leaving Liverpool, Nathan impressed at Warrington Town before spending four successful years at Bala Town where he played in UEFA Europa League fixtures.
Burke impressed as a trialist in Tuesday’s friendly victory over Market Drayton Town FC, capping a fine individual performance by scoring an emphatic left footed strike from range to make it 3-0.
Manager Craig Robinson was pleased to welcome his new recruit, “This is a great signing for us, I’ve known Nathan a long time he’s great young man with huge talent that will fit well in our squad.”
“He’s been successful wherever he has been and I’ve no doubt he will be a success with us and bring that winning mentality we are looking for!
Burke goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s final pre-season game, away at FC United of Manchester.
Welcome to the club, Nathan.