Purps Sign Forward Mitch Bryant

City of Liverpool have completed the signing of striker Mitch Bryant from Bury AFC.

The forward started his career with Manchester United’s Academy before joining Reading and has represented a number of clubs in the Non League pyramid.

Notably, he once had a loan spell at Basingstoke Town in the Conference South where he achieved the enviable feat of scoring a double hat trick against Weymouth!

Bryant spent last season at Colwyn Bay where he was a popular and prolific figure for the Seagulls, scoring 14 goals and providing 12 assists during the 2019-20 campaign, and joined phoenix club Bury AFC in the summer.

Mitch is a familiar face to Purps manager Michael Ellison, having played for his Runcorn Linnets side in the 2018-19 Northern Premier League season.

Ellison is pleased to sign Bryant again, “Mitch will be a great addition to the squad.”

“He’s a top lad on and off the pitch and I’m really looking forward to working with him again”

Welcome to the club, Mitch.

Purps Announce Theo Roberts Signing

City of Liverpool FC are pleased to announce the singing of goalkeeper Theo Roberts from Curzon Ashton.

The 22 year old stopper started his career at Wigan Athletic before moving to Chester FC in 2018 and was loaned by The Seals to Buxton, Atherton Collieries and Mossley during his time at the Deva Stadium.

Roberts particularly excelled during his spell at Buxton, nailing down the #1 jersey with a string of stellar performances which earned him a place in the 2018-19 Northern Premier League Team of the Season.

After leaving Chester, Theo signed for Curzon Ashton in the National League North and now signs for Michael Ellison’s City of Liverpool side looking to kick on in the Northern Premier League.

The Purps manager explained, “I’m delighted to have Theo on board.”

“He’s a top keeper who brings with him experience at this level and above”.

“He had a number of clubs chasing his signature and we’re delighted he chose The Purps.”

Welcome to the club, Theo.

MATCH REPORT: COLNE 4-2 PURPS

The Purps suffered defeat for the first time under new manager Michael Ellison at the hands of high flying Colne on Saturday.

Ellison’s options were somewhat depleted in the build up to the match with Jack Hazlehurst, Ian Kearney and Jordan Barrow all missing out with injuries picked up in Tuesday’s win over Trafford.

New signings Ethan Cartwright, Rhain Hellawell and Jack Hinnigan all came straight into the matchday squad, starting on the bench.

The match started in appalling conditions as driving rain and wind made the playing surface turn into a bog within minutes of the game kicking off.

As such, it was a cagey opening with neither side really able to make an immediate impression on the game.

The Purps did have the ball in the back of the net early on courtesy of Stephen Rigby but this was ruled out as Jamie McDonald ran the ball out of play before cutting it back for Rigby to tap in.

The hosts took the lead after 22 minutes courtesy of in-form Scouse forward Jamie Cooke who took advantage of a long ball forward to deftly nod over the advancing Owen Wheeler to notch his sixth league goal of the season.

The striker almost doubled the lead before the interval but his brilliant long range free kick cannoned back off the post before it was sliced wide by a Colne team mate who should have done better.

HALF TIME: Colne 1-0 City of Liverpool

The Purps were gifted an equaliser early in the second half as a woefully short backpass from a Colne defender was capitalised on by Jamie McDonald. The Purps forward took full advantage, cutting in from the left of the box and emphatically hammering a right footed effort beyond Colne goalkeeper Hakan Burton into the net.

 

 

Parity was short-lived however as Reece Webb-Foster hammered a well placed finish across Wheeler from the right hand side of the area to restore the hosts lead.

Colne then made sure of the points with a quick-fire double taking the game beyond the Purps. Firstly Anthony Williams planted an unstoppable header beyond Wheeler after a great ball in from the left wing to make it 3-1 after 71 minutes.

Two minutes later the hosts had a fourth through Reece Webb-Foster who curled a brilliant left footed finish on the turn from just inside the area, to conclude a devastating counter attack for the Reds.

The Purps were given the chance to add reduce the arrears from the penalty spot late on after lively substitute Rhain Hellawell was tripped in the box by a Colne defender.

Top scorer Nathan Burke stepped up to send Hakan Burton the wrong way and make it 4-2 but it was Colne who took the points on a difficult afternoon in dreadful conditions.

 

 

FULL TIME: Colne 4-2 City of Liverpool

CITY OF LIVERPOOL: Wheeler, Sharrock (Hellawell), Stephens, McCarten, Corrigan, Kinsella (Cartwright), Burke, Reid, Gray, Rigby, McDonald.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Gerry Kinsella. The midfielder was at the heart of the engine room throughout the match until going off late on. Kinsella was a constant option on and off the ball and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.

PREVIEW: Colne

Colne v City of Liverpool

NPLNW

Saturday 24th October. 3PM KO

Covid-19

Colne are located in Lancashire and they have recently been placed into Tier 3 just as we have in the Liverpool City Region.

Unfortunately Purps supporters are not permitted to travel to this fixture because Government, F.A and Local Authority guidance states that travelling in/out of Tier 3 is not allowed without a valid reason.

Travelling to watch football is not a valid reason, and so the club will only have essential staff in attendance at the match.

Our club Media Team will be providing a range of ways in which you can keep up to date on events at The Sovereign Pay Stadium.

Supporters should follow @PurpsMatchday on Twitter for full match updates as usual, as well as tuning in to PurpsFM via desktop or the MIXLR app for radio coverage of the game.

After the match we’ll have interviews with manager Michael Ellison to get his thoughts on the game, along with match action videos from MOTJ and matchday photo gallery, all of which will be within the match report.

Preview

Resurgent. That’s the word on Purps fans lips at the moment since Michael Ellison appointment just over 2 weeks ago.

It was 3 League defeats in 3 to open the season but Ello has the Purps purring right now with 3 points against Brighouse Town and a hard fought point against Prescot Cables. On Tuesday night another 3 points were added after dispatching Trafford at Vesty Road putting the Purps into 9th place on 7 points.

The old adage about waiting for buses could apply to skipper James McCarten and scoring goals. The Purps Centre Half climbed highest to nod home against Cables to score his first ever Purps goal and he followed it up by being the match winner last time out. A floated free kick from Louis Corrigan toward the back post was headed back across by Tom Stephens into the path of McCarten who took a touch under pressure then steered the ball home. 2 in 2 now for the big man.

 

It was no less than the Purps deserved who had hit the woodwork on 3 separate occasions. Hazlehurst, McDonald and the lively Dom Reid all seeing their efforts grazing the frame of the goal rather than the net bulge. The Purps dominated possession but Trafford had some chances of their own. Owen Wheeler being called upon to make a number of really good saves and keep the first clean sheet of Ello’s Purps tenure.

Colne however will be the toughest test yet for Ello’s Purps. They are flying high in 5th place on 13 points and have had impressive wins against Dunston, Marine, Ossett and stuck 6 past Pontefract Colleries in their last league game. Jamie Cooke is the obvious danger for Colne having notched up an impressive 8 goals in 9 appearances so far this season.

This will be the 3rd meeting between the two sides and our 2nd visit to The Sovereign Pay Stadium. In our first meeting the Purps were one down at half time but managed to salvage a point late on through The Beast, Elliott Nevitt.

In February’s return fixture at the Berry Street Garage Stadium the Purps triumphed 1-0 thanks to a late own goal from Hakan Burton.

 

 Past Meetings

07/12/19 Colne 1-1 Purps

04/02/20 Purps 1-0 Colne

 

Travel

Travel in and out of Tier 3 areas for away fans is not permitted under Government, F.A and Local Authority COVID guidance so supporters should tune into PurpsFM for commentary or follow @PurpsMatchday on Twitter for our regular match updates.

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Purps Confirm Hinnigan Signing

City of Liverpool FC are delighted to announce the signing of Jack Hinnigan from Runcorn Linnets.

Hinnigan originally was signed by Purps manager Michael Ellison when he was in charge of Linnets, joining from Warrington Town in November 2018.

The left-sided central defender player 19 times for Linnets last season before the campaign was curtailed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ellison was pleased to sign Jack again, “Having worked with Jack before at Runcorn, I’m delighted to have him on board with the Purps.”

“Jack has all the attributes I look for in a player, and again brings with him experience at this level, he will be a great addition to the squad.”

Welcome to the club, Jack.

Purps Announce Hellawell Signing

City of Liverpool FC are pleased to announce the signing of Rhain Hellawell on a short-term loan from Radcliffe.

The highly-rated winger started his career at Stockport Town before moving to Chester FC where he came through the ranks with The Seals’ youth team, Rhain then joined FC United of Manchester before a move to Radcliffe in the summer.

The youngster has had a number of loan moves to help his development and should be familiar to Purps fans having impressed against us in the past.

Rhain has previously faced City of Liverpool when representing Barnoldswick Town and during a period on loan last season at Widnes where he played 16 games and scored 4 goals.

Purps manager Michael Ellison was delighted to welcome Rhain to the club, “Rhain is a great addition to the squad, and fits the bill of the type of player we want to bring to the club.”

“He has a wealth of experience operating at this level and above, he had a number of clubs chasing his signature so I’m delighted he chose to come to the Purps, and we look forward to working with him.”

Welcome to the Purps, Rhain.

MATCH REPORT: COLFC 1-0 Trafford

City of Liverpool’s resurgent form continued as the Purps recorded their first home win of the season, with a deserved victory over Trafford at the Berry Street Garage Stadium.

After Saturday’s FA Trophy clash with Cleethorpes Town didn’t take place due to the opposition refusing to travel, Michael Ellison’s side had a break of 7 days since last week’s pulsating draw at Prescot Cables.

Ellison opted to start the same eleven which largely bossed the Cables fixture, with a welcome return to the bench for Kev McEllin and new signing Ethan Cartwright also featuring amongst the substitutes.

The Purps started the match just had they did at Brighouse and Prescot respectively, dominating possession and looking dangerous in the opening minutes.

Jack Hazlehurst started brightly and almost opened the scoring early on, carrying the ball from his own half and beating a couple of defenders in trademark fashion.

The Purple Messi then released a low shot from the edge of the area which drifted narrowly past Trafford keeper Matthew Cooper’s right hand post.

Hazlehurst was denied what looked like a stonewall penalty later in the half, as the playmaker was cleaned out by a defender in the box. The referee flamboyantly waved away the appeals, leaving fans and players extremely bemused.

 

 

Jamie McDonald was also denied by a brave block in the opening exchanges after a deft turn, as the visitors largely struggled to get out of their own half.

It was McDonald again who went close with another majestic turn moments later.

The Purps striker picked the ball up on the right-hand side of the Trafford area before shifting the ball quickly to his unfavoured left and curling an effort which Cooper did very well to parry away.

Jack Hazlehurst was quickly onto the rebound but smashed it onto the bar from a tight angle.

 

 

Despite their dominance, the hosts had to be on their mettle at the back as Trafford looked to counter. Owen Wheeler in the Purps goal was largely a spectator in the first half but had to be on his toes to fingertip away James Neild’s firm header from a corner.

McDonald went close again moments later, volleying narrowly over after the ball sat up nicely 25 yards out.

The livewire forward was unlucky not to open the scoring as Louis Corrigan’s left footed cross left the keeper back-pedaling and in all kinds of trouble but McDonald could only divert it over with a volleyed effort on the stretch from a difficult angle.

Dom Reid forced Cooper into another excellent stop after a barnstorming run down the right saw the winger cut in and beat a couple of challenges before curling a fierce left footed effort which the goalkeeper parried away assuredly.

 

 

Trafford were largely limited to fleeting counter attacks and Wheeler was the hero out of the blue just before the interval. The keeper raced off his line to win the ball with a sliding challenge out of his area as the visitors threatened in behind down their left.

HALF TIME: City of Liverpool 0-0 Trafford

After the interval the game was far more stop/start in nature and slower paced. The play was punctuated in stoppages for niggly fouls and injuries.

The Purps had already lost Jack Hazlehurst to a knock before half time, and within ten minutes of the second period has also seen Jordan Barrow and Ian Kearney have to be replaced.

The hosts continued to dominate possession however, with Gerry Kinsella slotting in well into midfield and Tom Stephens doing everything asked of him alongside the towering Jay McCarten.

Indeed it was Stephens and McCarten who combined to finally put the Purps ahead with thirteen minutes left to play.

Louis Corrigan looped in a left footed free kick from a central position 35 yards out for Stephens to cleverly head across goal where McCarten was waiting to control and slot across the keeper.

It was McCarten’s second goal in two games after getting his first Purps goal in the Cables fixture a week earlier. What do they say about London buses?

 

 

Moments after City of Liverpool’s deserved opener the visitors threatened with their best opportunity of the match. A looping effort looked to creep in at Wheeler’s right-hand post but substitute Gerry Kinsella was there to head off the line.

The game was suddenly end-to-end and Dom Reid almost made sure of the points with a magnificent long range effort which crashed back off the crossbar with Cooper well beaten.

In injury time Trafford were reduced to ten men as Jack Dorney, already on a booking, received his marching orders for a poor challenge on Jamie McDonald.

FULL TIME: City of Liverpool 1-0 Trafford

City of Liverpool: Wheeler, Shorrock, Kearney (Stephens 57), McCarten, Corrigan, Barrow (Kinsella 50), Burke, Reid, Hazlehurst (Cartwright 45), Rigby, McDonald.

Unused Subs: Devine, McEllin

Man of the Match: Jay McCarten. The Purps skipper was a towering and composed figure at the back, winning everything in the air to give his side a firm foundation to build from and grabbing the all-important winning goal late on.

Matchday Photo Gallery:

PREVIEW: Trafford

City of Liverpool v Trafford

NPLNW

Tuesday 20th October. 19:45 KO

Covid-19

Due to local lockdown restrictions coming into force we are returning to a Phase 2 capacity of 400 for the Trafford 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 400 and it is an ALL TICKET MATCH. If you haven’t bought a ticket online please don’t turn up as there is no cash turnstile and you will be refused entry. Tickets can be purchased via Skiddle and supporters are encouraged to buy their tickets as early as possible.

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.

There is no clubhouse/bar facilities as we are in Tier 3 lockdown. Spectators are allowed to bring their own refreshments but please take all litter away with you.

Please review the Spectator Guidance: COLFC v Trafford FC article issued by the club over the weekend, which contains all the relevant COVID procedures we’ve put in place for this fixture to keep everyone safe.

It’s the responsibility of all visitors to the stadium to adhere to the guidance and follow the advice of our volunteers at all times, which is essential if we are to continue to host matches in front of supporters.

Preview

City of Liverpool go into this League game off the back of a pulsating 2-2 draw away at Prescot Cables.

Ello’s Purps could have had the game won at half time such was the dominant nature of their 1st half performance.

Alas they went into the break only 1-0 up courtesy of skipper James McCarten 1st Purps goal and Cables came out for the 2nd half rejuvenated, equalising after a soft penalty was given and going 2-1 up from a deftly delivered free kick.

The Purps weren’t behind for long as Jamie McDonald stole in from Owen Wheeler long ball and deftly lift his shot over the Cables keeper.

At 2-2 it was end-to-end stuff as both teams pushed looking for a winner and it could have gone either way. It was a belter 10A Derby, just a shame it was behind closed doors and no fans got to see it live.

On Saturday we were due to host Cleethorpes Town at home in the FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round however that game did not go ahead.

Cleethorpes took the decision on Friday afternoon to pull out citing fears over Covid-19.

The FA deemed the tie was safe to play after assurances from Sefton Council that our ground meet all the Covid regulations and as such that Cleethorpes forfeit and City of Liverpool were placed into the next round.

Trafford arrive at the Berry Street Garage Stadium currently in 11th place in the division on 6 points.

They have played 5, won 1, drew 3 and lost 1. However their only loss of the season came last time out in the league, a 5-1 away defeat to Marske United.

This will be only the 2nd ever meeting between the two sides. In our first meeting Tom Peterson twice put us ahead only for Trafford to equalise twice to ensure it ended in a 2-2 draw.

 

Past Meetings

24/10/19 Trafford 2-2 COLFC

(No highlights available)

 

Travel

Supporters are reminded of the club Statement on Supporter Travel issued last night.

Due to new guidance issued from Sefton Council about Tier 3 Covid restrictions we can only sell tickets to residents with a postcode within the Liverpool City region.

Please do not try to purchase a ticket if you aren’t a resident of the Liverpool City region as there will be online postcode checks, if you purchase from outside the region this will invalidate the ticket and no refunds will be given.

Covid-19 Tier 3 Restrictions: Statement on Supporter Travel

Covid-19 Tier 3 Restrictions

Statement on Supporter Travel

City of Liverpool FC fully, and without equivocation, supports the introduction of stronger local measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. We also wish to ensure that our football matches can continue to go ahead, with supporters present, in the safest possible environment.

As such, following the introduction of additional Tier 3 restrictions in the Liverpool City Region from Wednesday 14th October, the club has sought guidance from local public health officials regarding the organisation of matches. In response, Sefton MBC has advised the club as follows:

The Council’s previous advice remains:

‘From 22 September and for all areas affected, we advise that you should not attend amateur or professional sporting events as a spectator in the areas affected. If you do attend, you must remain socially distanced and in groups of no more than 6’

We note that you will have all indoor facilities closed and that you will ensure that the “rule of six” is maintained.”

In addition, the advice that we received from the FA in seeking to ensure that our home games can be played is that supporters who are resident outside of the Liverpool City Region Tier 3 area should not travel to matches taking place within the City Region.

The club, therefore, will not sell match tickets to non-City Region residents for the duration of the current restrictions. Post code checks will take place and tickets purchased by non-City Region residents will be invalid, with no refunds given.

In addition, supporters who are resident within the Liverpool City Region Tier 3 area are requested not to travel to matches outside of the City Region. This includes matches in other Tier 3 areas.

For clarification, the Liverpool City Region comprises the following council areas:

  • Liverpool
  • Sefton
  • Knowsley
  • Wirral
  • Halton
  • St Helens

The virus doesn’t have legs of its own, nor its own transport, it hitches a lift and travels with people. Supporters who choose to ignore this reasonable request to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and therefore protect each other’s health and enable a return to some semblance of normality in football, may be found to be in breach of the club’s internal policies and procedures.

Thank you for your support and understanding during these difficult times.

Spectator Guidance: COLFC vs Trafford FC

City of Liverpool FC

SPECTATOR GUIDANCE

Northern Premier League North West Division

City of Liverpool FC Vs Trafford

Tuesday 20th October 2020, 7.45pm, Berry Street Garage Stadium, L30 1NY

 

City of Liverpool FC has now held three home fixtures that have been organised in accordance with 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”:

https://www.thefa.com/news/2020/aug/19/updated-guidelines-for-return-of-spectators-190820

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/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.

City of Liverpool FC fully, and without equivocation, supports the introduction of stronger local measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. As such, following the introduction of additional Tier 3 restrictions in the Liverpool City Region from Wednesday 14th October, the club has sought guidance from local public health officials regarding the organisation of matches. In response, Sefton MBC has advised the club as follows:

“The Council’s previous advice remains:

‘From 22 September and for all areas affected, we advise that you should not attend amateur or professional sporting events as a spectator in the areas affected. If you do attend, you must remain socially distanced and in groups of no more than 6’

We note that you will have all indoor facilities closed and that you will ensure that the “rule of six” is maintained.”

Accordingly, the club has decided that this match will take place under Stage 2 FA and DCMS guidance, with stadium capacity capped at 400 spectators.

Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) guidance is that semi-professional players are permitted to travel into and out of Tier 3 areas for the purposes of fulfilling National League System or FA Competition fixtures. However, following further discussion with Sefton Council, City of Liverpool FC has agreed that people resident outside of the Liverpool City Region Tier 3 area would not be permitted to attend this match as spectators.

There will, therefore, be no allocation of tickets for away supporters.

Furthermore, the guidance is such that supporters who are resident outside of the Liverpool City Region Tier 3 area should not travel to matches taking place within the City Region. The club, therefore, will not sell tickets for this match to non-City Region residents. Post code checks will take place and tickets purchased by non-City Region residents will be invalid, with no refunds given.

For clarification, the Liverpool City Region comprises the following council areas:

  • Liverpool
  • Sefton
  • Knowsley
  • Wirral
  • Halton
  • St Helens

Experience of three prior home fixtures to date indicates that these measures offer spectators a safe environment and, with attendance restricted to approximately 20% of the stadium’s full capacity, social distancing can be observed. This option also actively prevents most of our supporters from attending the fixture.

In practical terms, supporters attending this match 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:

  • Do not attend if you have any Covid-19 symptoms
  • Do not attend if you live outside of the Liverpool City Region Tier 3 area
  • There will be temperature checking prior to entry
  • The hand sanitiser provided must be used upon entry to the stadium and upon passing the barriers before and after the decking area in front of the clubhouse
  • Face coverings are compulsory
  • To protect our gatehouse volunteers, entry will be by pre-paid e-ticket only
  • There will be a one-way system in place, see plan attached
  • 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
  • Follow the signage and co-operate with stewards at all times
  • Comply with social distancing guidance at all times
  • Observe queueing systems for all facilities and follow signage
  • Keep designated passing areas around the pitch perimeter fence clear
  • The right to refuse admission sits with City of Liverpool FC

 

Any supporters who feel that they cannot comply with these reasonable, and necessary, regulations are welcome to not attend matches until “normality” returns.

The clubhouse will be closed for this fixture.

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.