Preview: Pontefract Colleries


City of Liverpool v Pontefract Colleries


Saturday 19th Dec. 3PM KO



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.




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.



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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.