MATCH REPORT: COLFC 1-2 Marine

The visitors took the points as City of Liverpool hosted Marine in a keenly contested derby at Vesty Road.

Michael Ellison made two changes from the rout against Pontefract Collieries, with Nathan Burke and Louis Corrigan replacing Tony Gray and Zac Aley. Jordan Barrow and Kai Shorrock also returned to the squad after missing the Colls match.

The match started in a cagey fashion, with both sides happy to figure each other out in the opening minutes. The first chance of the match came when veteran Mariners striker Niall Cummins glanced a header from close range into the grateful arms of Theo Roberts.

Marine then gained an early foothold in the game and had a succession of corners on their right hand side after a number of passages of play between Solomon-Davies and Kengni forced Purps intervention at the dead-ball line.

The Mariners took full advantage and obtained lead in a goalmouth scramble after a deep corner from Barrigan was directed against the post from close range. Tom Stephens then cleared the ball off the line before Anthony Miley stabbed home the rebound.

The Purps rallied and saw Marine keeper Bayleigh Passant brilliantly push Stephen Rigby’s fierce left footed effort against the bar when it looked for all the world he was about to score. 

The hoses should have had a penalty when David Raven poleaxed Stephen Rigby in the box just before half time. The Purps attacker beat the veteran defender to the ball only to barged to the ground, however the referee to somewhat astonishingly did not point to the spot. The Purps could also have had a spot kick when skipper Jay McCarten was pushed to the deck when challenging for a header, but again the match officials were alarmingly unmoved. 

HALF TIME: City of Liverpool 0-1 Marine.

After the interval City of Liverpool came out with greater purpose and were much the better side in the opening exchanges. Jack Hazlehurst who had been largely nullified during the first period by a combination of cynical fouls and three men marking each time he got the ball, suddenly found more space and influence within the game.

The Purps had a deserved equaliser when Hazlehurst whipped in a devilish right footed free kick from the left wing, centre back Jack Hinnigan rose unchallenged to glance a majestic header beyond Bayleigh Passant. It was no more than Michael Ellison’s side deserved after a bright start to the second period.

 

 

Marine were indebted to Bayleigh Passant who did well to push Nathan Burke’s rasping 30 yard effort around the post. He then reacted instinctively to claw out Tony Gray’s angled drive as the hosts pushed for a winner. 

At the other end Marine looked dangerous on the counter attack and Ryan Wignall twice fired straight at Theo Roberts when well placed in the area. The lively winger was a constant outlet on the left but ought to have done better after the Mariners cleverly worked a number over overlaps to play him in. 

Marine snatched the winner with 13 minutes left to play when Neil Kengni turned in the Purps box and hammered a low left footed effort past Roberts from just inside the area.

The Purps tried to stage a late fight back but a combination of good defending and brave goalkeeping saw Marine hold out to take a valuable three points.

FULL TIME: City of Liverpool 1-2 Marine.

City of Liverpool: Theo Roberts, Louis Corrigan (Tony Gray ’55), Jack Hinnigan, Jay McCarten (c), Tom Stephens, Ethan Devine, Stephen Rigby (Zac Aley ’57), Nathan Burke, Mitch Bryant, Dom Reid (Morgan Homson-Smith ’83)

Subs not used: Kai Shorrock, Jordan Barrow.

Man of the Match: Ethan Devine. The former Marine midfielder had a fine game in the middle of the park for the Purps, putting in some crunching challenges and offering a constant option on the ball. Didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.

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MATCH REPORT: Purps 4-1 Colls

City of Liverpool’s first home game for two months saw fans treated to a four-goal rout of Pontefract Collieries, as Michael Ellison’s side returned to league action post-lockdown 2.0.

Fresh from a spirited display in a narrow defeat away to National League side Darlington in the FA Trophy, the Purps manager welcomed two more new faces to the matchday squad, with Kieran Nolan and Ben Wynne starting on the bench.

Recent signing Zac Aley started at left back in place of Louis Corrigan, Tom Stephens replaced in-form youngster Kai Shorrock at right back, whilst veteran forward Tony Gray also returned to the starting XI.

The Purps started well against a struggling Pontefract Collieries side, with the hosts looking to utilise the delivery of Zac Aley from wide positions in the opening exchanges. Indeed, the hosts could have taken the lead early on as Aley whipped in a delicious delivery from deep but forward Mitch Bryant’s close-range volley was well saved by Colls custodian Mikey Emery.

The visitors almost took the lead against the run of play when right back Fabian Bailey advanced into the Purps half and hammered a thunderous right footed effort off Theo Roberts’ crossbar from fully 30 yards out.

It wasn’t long before the Purps took the lead however, as full back Tom Stephens released Hazlehurst in behind with a delightful through ball. The Purple Messi had acres of space to exploit and dinked a sumptuous finish over the advancing Emery, much to the delight of the home faithful.

 

 

The hosts were relentless out of possession, harrying Colls off the ball and not giving Andy Monkhouse’s side any time to think. A second goal was inevitable and came when Stephen Rigby won back possession and released Mitch Bryant expertly down the right-hand channel.

The Purps #9 intelligently held up play until support arrived in the form of Rigby, and the midfielder who started the move finished it with a fierce left footed effort which nutmegged Emery in front of the Dodge Kop.

 

 

Ellison’s side was purring and four minutes later had the icing on the cake when Rigby turned provider, releasing Tony Gray with a lovely left footed through-ball as the Colls offside trap failed. The former Southport forward fired a composed right footed strike beyond Emery into the net for his first City of Liverpool goal.

 

 

As the half closed out, Theo Roberts had to be on his toes to expertly tip another 30 yard effort from Bailey around the post, preserving a half time scoreline which fully reflected the home side’s dominance.

HALF TIME: City of Liverpool 3-0 Pontefract Collieries.

The hosts made a change at the break with Ollie Murch replacing Albert Ibrahimi, and saw much more possession in the opening exchanges of the second period. Michael Ellison’s Purps were happy to wait for the counter-attack, with the visitors kept at arms-length by a defensive unit well marshalled by skipper Jay McCarten and Jack Hinnigan.

Much of Colls most dangerous play came through tricky winger Nathan Modeste, and the pacey #7 could have pulled back a goal only for Theo Roberts to make a fine save low down. Moments later Damian Reeves threatened from range, but his powerful effort drifted narrowly over the crossbar.

The Purps recent run in the FA Trophy coincided with the arrival of powerful forward Mitch Bryant, who impressed at both Atherton Collieries and Buxton. The former Manchester United scholar was a constant thorn in the Colls side here again and grabbed a deserved goal on 61 minutes as the Purps found success via route one.

Theo Roberts free kick was expertly glanced on by Tony Gray to release Bryant beyond the last man. The forward surged into the Colls box and hammered a right footed effort low beyond Emery to extinguish any Colls hopes of a comeback.

 

 

Credit to the visitors, they continued to press forward and looked to make an impression on the game, despite the scoreline. Andy Monkhouse introduced teenage scholar Charlie Clegg and the youngster did not look out of his depth, showing some neat touches and composure on the ball.

Purps keeper Roberts was again on his toes to produce a smart stop to deny Dan Keane after good work from Jack Lazenby.

Lazenby grabbed a fine consolation goal for the visitors late on, firing a long-range past Roberts after a fortuitous free kick was awarded for a challenge where McCarten looked to have taken all of the ball and none of the man. Lazenby stood over the ball with a View to a Kill, and made no mistake with the free kick showing Colls might be shaken, but stirred.

The Purps ran out deserved winners at the final whistle, notching a scoreline which fully reflected the performance from each of Michael Ellison’s boys.

FINAL SCORE: City of Liverpool 4-1 Pontefract Collieries.

City of Liverpool: Theo Roberts, Zac Aley, Jack Hinnigan, Jay McCarten (c), Tom Stephens, Ethan Devine, Stephen Rigby, Dom Reid, Mitch Bryant, Jack Hazlehurst (Kieran Nolan 67), Tony Gray (Homson-Smith 76).

Man of the Match: Mitch Bryant put in a sterling performance which was the focal point of everything the Purps did well throughout a dominant display. Bryant grabbed a deserved goal to cap off the scoring, carrying on from an excellent start to his City of Liverpool career.

Preview: Pontefract Colleries

 

City of Liverpool v Pontefract Colleries

NPLNW

Saturday 19th Dec. 3PM KO

 

Covid-19

If you are showing symptoms of Covid or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive then don’t come the match. That’s just common sense.

In order for non-league football to be back playing regularly we have 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.

Unfortunately due to local Covid restrictions no away fans can attend so Pontefract fans please do not travel down 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 we don’t want to contribute to a rise in cases. and so we can all keep watching the Purps in as safe an environment as possible.

As at previous home fixtures, 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 for this fixture. Spectators are allowed to bring their own refreshments but please take all litter away with you.

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

So the Purps FA Trophy run came to an end on Wednesday night with a 2-0 loss away at Darlington. Despite the 2 league difference, Michael Ellison team put in a phenomenal performance and created numerous chances on the night. They were probably a little bit unfortunate to go in 1-0 down at the break and it was only over the course of the 2nd half that Darlington quality and experience began to show. They rounded off the win with a second goal 15 minutes before the end then seen out the game.

Highlights of this game have been included in the match report on this website and can be viewed through Darlington YouTube page.

To reach the FA Trophy 2nd Round is an outstanding achievement by Michael Ellison squad. 3 away fixtures all at higher placed opposition and in all 3 games the team hasn’t looked out of place. They have given a good account of themselves and can be proud of their achievement.

Due to the second national lockdown and the postponement of the league season this will be the Purps 1st league fixture in almost 2 months. You have to cast your minds back to Saturday 24th October for our last league outing and a 4-2 away defeat to high flying Colne. One of the Purps goals that day was scored by Jaime McDonald in his last outing for the club before signing for Conference side Altrincham.

 

It will also only be the 2nd Home game that Michael Ellison has been in charge of due to Covid related disruptions, postponements and rearranging fixtures. We hope to see as many of you as possible down at the Berry Street Garage Stadium to cheer on the lads!

 

Despite the long journey I’m sure Pontefract are just greatful to have a game! Their last competition fixture was nearly 6 weeks ago on 3rd November, a 3-2 away victory against Pickering Town. They are currently 17th in the division having amassed 5 points from their opening 7 games (1W, 2D). I think their position in the league is somewhat deceptive and not a true indication of the quality of their squad as their opening fixture list has probably been the hardest in the league. They have had to face Runcorn Linnets, Colne, Markse and Ramsbottom with a game against Workington in the FA Trophy and FC United of Manchester in the FA Cup thrown in for good measure.

But as we have seen so far at this level there is no such thing as an easy game.

Past Meetings

Despite being in the same league for 18 months this will be the first ever meeting between City of Liverpool and Pontefract Colleries.

 

Tickets

For tickets please follow the link to the event page on Skiddle:

https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Liverpool/Berry-Street-Garage-Stadium/City-of-Liverpool-FC-v-Pontefract-Collieries/14144883/

 

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Match Report: Purps bow out of FA Trophy

 

Darlington 2-0 City of Liverpool

FA Trophy 2nd Round

 

City of Liverpool exited the FA Trophy last night despite a spirited performance away at Conference North side Darlington. Michael Ellison kept faith with the same lineup that started in the previous round at Buxton- a 4-2-3-1 formation when the Purps went forward which could change to a 4-5-1 when out of possession.

The Purps started on the front foot and created a couple of good early chances. Mitch Bryant snapshot was straight at Darlington keeper Melvin Minter and Dom Reid deflected effort from the edge of the area inches past the post.

Darlington took the lead on 12 minutes. A loose ball falling to Luke Charman 25 yards out, he took a touch then lashed a shot over Theo Roberts into the top corner. It was a lovely strike from the Quakers striker.

It didnt rattle the Purps who stuck to their game plan and had the better chances. Jack Hazlehurst wriggled free to fire an effort from 25 yards was straight at Minter. Kai Shorrock, who had been dealing expertly with the threat of Erico Sousa on the left, created the Purps best chance. A lung busting overlap run, he was slid in behind from Rigbys through ball, Kai burst into box and fired a cross right across the 6 yard box that was just begging to be turned home. Dom Reid threw himself at it and was millimetres from connecting. Fine margins that could prove to be the difference.

Darlington stand out chance after their opening goal was a 25 yard free kick from McMahon that Theo Roberts had to turn over the bar one-handed as it curled toward the top corner.

HALF TIME: Darlington 1-0 COLFC

As even as the 1st half was the 2nd half in truth was all Darlington. They pressed high up the pitch disrupting City of Liverpool patient buildup play and forcing the Purps to look for long balls into Bryant. As well as Bryant led the line he was up against two ex-pro centre halves, one of which who had played nearly 150 games for Sam Allardyce at Bolton. Between the two of them they began to deal with the threat, one going man-to-man in Bryant whilst the other was aware for the 2nd ball.

Darlington where creating chances with the lively Sousa just denied a tap in at the back post by Kai Shorrock timely intervention. 15 minutes of sustained pressure and Ello adapted the shape to better cope with the threat. Jack Hinnighan coming on at centre back as the Purps reverted to a 5-3-2, pushing Dom Reid up alongside Bryant in attack as the Purps tried to find an equaliser. Rivers was in behind 1 on 1 and instead  of shooting, squared a pass to Sousa who looked sure to score but Hinnighan was back on the line to keep the Purps in the game.

The Purps had their own effort cleared off the line. A Jack Hazlehurst corner right into the mixer took a deflection off a Darlington player but Sousa was back on the line to hack the ball clear.

It was to be Sousa who wrapped up the victory for Darlington. Breaking away into the box, cutting back past McCarten and firing low past Theo Roberts.

 

FINAL SCORE: Darlington 2-0 COLFC

 

City of Liverpool XI: Theo Roberts, Kai Shorrock, Jay McCarten (c), Jordan Barrow (Tom Stephens ’77), Louis Corrigan (Jack Hinnegan ’59), Ethan Devine, Nathan Burke, Stephen Rigby (Zach Aley ’72), Dom Reid, Jack Hazlehurst, Mitchell Bryant

Subs not used: McEllin

Man of the Match: Kai Shorrock. The young right back was given a real test by tricky winger Erico Sousa but he more than held his own. Not content with just defending he was a real outlet down the right looking to get forward at every opportunity and create chances.

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FA Trophy Preview: Darlington

Darlington v City of Liverpool

FA Trophy 2nd Round

Wednesday 16th Dec. 8PM KO

COVID-19

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions this game is Behind Closed Doors. However we will have twitter updates via @Purpsmatchday. We will also go live at around 7:50PM and have full radio coverage via PurpsFM. To access that you can download the MIXLR app or via the MIXLR website and search “colfc”.

Preview

So here we go Purps! Arguably this is the biggest game in our clubs short but illustrious history. Bigger than cup finals, bigger than Chester in the FA Cup and bigger even than Irlam. That’s certainly my view and I will debate anyone who says otherwise!

City of Liverpool booked their place in the 2nd round on the back of an incredible away performance at Buxton and due to a last minute worldie from Jack Hazlehurst.

Jack had put the Purps ahead on 20 minutes rounding off a devastating 5 move pass that started at the edge of the Purps own 18 yard box and resulted in Mitch Bryant rounding the keeper to square unselfishly for Jack to side foot home.

Buxton grabbed a late equaliser from the lively Diego De Girolamo as the game edged toward extra time. But Jack Hazlehurst had other ideas. I’m not even going to try and describe just how incredible his goal was I’m just going to direct you to watch the video below. Jack Hazlehurst doing Jack Hazlehurst things.

 

The Purps have certainly not had an easy FA Trophy run so far. Drawn away twice to teams a league above in Atherton Colls and Buxton hasn’t detered them however. Michael Ellison has set his team up not just to frustrate and try and nick a result but to show we can compete at this level and showcase the strengths of this team.

Not bad considering all the distruption with Covid has limited him to just 6 games as manager.

Speaking just after the win at Buxton and before the draw Ello had this to say on any possible tie- “..whoever we get we will get after them.”

Darlington are currently playing 2 leagues above the Purps but he season so far for them has almost been a tale of two teams. Whilst they are languishing at the bottom of the National League North, their cup form this season is impeccable.

They reached the FA Cup Second Round for the first time in nearly 10 years. On the way they beat Prescot Cables, Tadcaster Albion and Cambridge City to progress to the First Round proper where they drew an away trip to League 1 side Swindon Town.

Not to be detered by the magnitude of the fixture The Quakers secured a famous 2-1 victory and were rewarded with another away trip this time at League 1 side Bristol Rovers. That was to be a step too far however as Bristol Rovers ultimately ran out 6-0 winners.

Whilst City of Liverpool have only existed as a club for 5 years our opponents have been around a tad longer. Darlington where first formed in 1883 and have existed for 137 years. A varied and rich history almost came to and end in 2012 as they entered administration and where almost liquidated.

The fans rallied round and took over the club despite the FA imposing an unprecedented relegation of 4 divisions, dropping Darlington from the Conference to the Northern League Division One. They have been fan owned ever since as they worked their way back up the leagues.

Past Meetings

This is the first official meeting between Darlington and City of Liverpool.

Travel

Unfortunately this game is behind closed doors.

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MATCH REPORT: Purps Beat Bucks With Last Gasp Drama

City of Liverpool FC progressed in the FA Trophy after a spirited and gutsy performance at Buxton was lit up by a last-minute wonder goal from Jack Hazlehurst to win the tie.

It was the Purps’ first fixture since the previous round where they demolished Atherton Collieries, owing to the second Coronavirus Lockdown restrictions.

Purps manager Michael Ellison used the downtime from matches to continue fine-tuning his squad, which saw Zac Aley, Morgan Homson-Smith and Connor McCarthy all sign for the club in the run up to the fixture.

Ellison opted to include Homson-Smith and Aley in the matchday squad, with both players taking a place amongst the substitutes. In the starting XI meanwhile, Mitch Bryant continued to lead the forward line alone after a very impressive debut in the previous round whilst Ethan Devine was rewarded with a starting berth in midfield alongside Nathan Burke after also shining against Atherton Collieries.

The fixture at Buxton’s Silverlands Stadium was unfortunately played behind closed doors due to Tier 3 Coronavirus rules preventing crowds.

The match started in a slow and cagey manner as both sides sought to feel their way into the game. The hosts did have the ball in the net in the opening exchanges although this was correctly called back for offside.

City of Liverpool were happy to absorb pressure as Buxton looked to build space out wide for marauding full backs Connor O’Grady and Warren Clarke to exploit. However, the visitors were more than equal to the challenge, with Kai Shorrock and Louis Corrigan impressing early on, and Jordan Barrow continuing a commanding partnership alongside skipper Jay McCarten.

The Purps had plenty of counter-attacking joy in the opening exchanges, with Mitch Bryant once again a physical and ever-present thorn in the side of the opposition defence. Buxton had former Leeds United, West Ham and Sunderland defender Matthew Kilgallon in their ranks, and Bryant looked more than comfortable as he held the ball up expertly for Hazlehurst, Rigby and Reid to join attacks.

The hosts were restricted largely to long range, with the Purps keeping them at arms-length, but did threaten from distance when James Hurst struck narrowly wide with a fierce right footed effort.

The Purps defence had to be on their toes to keep livewire forward Diego De Girolamo quiet, and keeper Theo Roberts was out quickly to claim the ball just ahead of the advancing former Italy youth international, after a lofted ball over the visitors’ backline almost left the goal exposed.

Moments later City of Liverpool took the lead as a devastating five pass move saw the visitors take full advantage on the counter-attack. Ethan Devine played a neat one-two with Nathan Burke before lofting a neat long pass for Hazlehurst to deftly play Mitch Bryant in down the right of the area. Bryant’s pace left Kilgallon trailing in his wake and he rounded the onrushing keeper Tommy Taylor before selflessly squaring for Hazlehurst to tap home from close range.

 

 

Just before the interval the hosts almost had an equaliser in fortuitous fashion as Chris Dawson’s right footed effort from the edge of the area took a huge deflection to wrong-foot Theo Roberts but cannoned back off the post and to safety.

HALF TIME: Buxton 0-1 City of Liverpool.

The hosts made a double change early in the second half with Brogan and Whitehouse entering the fray. It was clear in the opening exchanges that The Bucks were looking to overload in wide areas, with midfielders flooding the Purps box looking to be fed.

The second period started in strange fashion as a number of bizarre calls from referee Alexander Kelly incensed the Purps dugout and threatened to see him lose control of the match. Both Warren Clarke and Diego De Girolamo were unpunished for petulantly leaving the foot in on Purps keeper Theo Roberts, whilst the latter was allowed to constantly attempt to block the custodian kicking out of hand.

The theme of bizarre calls continued as Jay McCarten’s fine sliding challenge smashed the ball out off Reece Styche’s midriff only for the winger to come away with a corner, much to the consternation of the visitors.

The hosts continued to look for a way back into the game and almost had it when lively substitute Billy Whitehouse beat Corrigan with a mazey run down the right wing. The wide-man stood up an inch perfect ball for Reece King but Roberts produced a brilliant stop from point blank range to palm over the bar.

Moments later Diego De Girolamo should have received his marching orders for a dreadful challenge through the back of Nathan Burke which came after the referee had stopped play for a free kick. This again incensed the Purps dugout and sparked a melee which saw Jordan Barrow booked for explaining to the Buxton forward in no uncertain terms what he though of the tackle.

Astonishingly, Mr Kelly brandished a yellow card for De Girolamo which summed up the referee’s performance on the night.

Typically, De Girolamo took full advantage of his unexpected continuation on the pitch by grabbing a late equaliser for Buxton. The lively forward bundled the ball beyond Roberts and into the net as Reece Styche’s through ball initially looked to have evaded everyone.

Dom Reid should have had a penalty late on after being played in on goal, only to be cleaned out by goalkeeper Tommy Taylor. Predictably, the referee pointed for a corner whilst Reid lay prone on the deck in need of treatment. It was another astonishing decision which left everyone bemused

However, The Purps didn’t read the script and after defending manfully for the remainder of the game grabbed a late, late winner in glorious fashion.

Louis Corrigan’s long throw was flicked on acrobatically by Jack Hazlehurst looking for Stephen Rigby, Bucks defender Matthew Kilgallon only half cleared and Hazlehurst chested the ball up before volleying emphatically into the top corner, leaving Taylor with no chance.

 

 

The visitors held on to secure another memorable result against higher tier opposition and it was no more than the Purps deserved after such a spirited performance on the night.

The Purps progressed to the FA Trophy Second Round where they will play Darlington away on Wednesday 16th December. The match is expected to be behind closed doors at the time of writing.

FINAL SCORE: Buxton 1-2 City of Liverpool

City of Liverpool XI: Theo Roberts, Kai Shorrock (Tom Stephens ’77), Jay McCarten (c), Jordan Barrow, Louis Corrigan, Ethan Devine, Nathan Burke, Stephen Rigby, Dom Reid, Jack Hazlehurst (Jack Hinnigan ’90), Mitch Bryant (Zac Aley ’78)

Subs not used: Homson-Smith, McEllin

Man of the Match: Jordan Barrow was imperious in defence alongside the excellent Jay McCarten. Barrow’s exceptional performance saw him read the danger expertly and deal with everything Buxton threw at The Purps goal. From now on he will be referred to as Franco Barrowsi.

Manager’s Interview: We spoke to Michael Ellison at full time to get his thoughts on an fantastic evening’s work from the lads. (Click link to play)

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Purps Announce Aley Arrival

City of Liverpool FC is pleased to announce the signing of Zac Aley.

The versatile midfielder was snapped up by then Premier League side Blackburn Rovers in 2010 after coming through the youth ranks at Southport and impressing in their First Team.

Whilst at Rovers, Aley featured in the Football League during loan spells with Morecambe and Macclesfield Town respectively. He has also represented Southport, Warrington Town, Ashton Town, Northwich Victoria and Runcorn Linnets.

During his time at Linnets, Zac worked with Purps manager Michael Ellison, who is delighted to link up with the midfielder again, “Zac is a really good addition to the squad, he’s got a great left foot on him and can play in a number of positions.

“He’s a great lad in and around the dressing room and I’m looking forward to working with him again at The Purps”.

Welcome to the club, Zac.

Purps Welcome Morgan Smith

City of Liverpool FC are pleased to announce the signing of forward Morgan Smith from FC United of Manchester.

The talented 22 year old spent last season on loan at Broadhurst Park from National League North side Southport, and has previously represented AFC Fylde and Harrogate Town.

Smith played 9 games during his loan spell with FC United, scoring 3 goals, before the season was brought to an end by the pandemic. The highly-rated youngster then opted to join The Reds permanently in the summer and has featured in 10 games this season.

A former Morecambe scholar, Morgan is a left-footed attacking player who is comfortable playing wide right or across the forward positions.

Manager Michael Ellison is delighted to welcome a player of Smith’s calibre to the club, “Morgan is a great addition to the squad, he’s a real technician with an eye for goal and he’s a young ambitious lad with a point to prove.”

“I’m delighted he chose the Purps to showcase his talent”.

Welcome to the club, Morgan.