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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.
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.
Colne v City of Liverpool
Saturday 24th October. 3PM KO
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.
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.
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.
07/12/19 Colne 1-1 Purps
04/02/20 Purps 1-0 Colne
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.
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.
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.
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.
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City of Liverpool v Trafford
Tuesday 20th October. 19:45 KO
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.
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.
24/10/19 Trafford 2-2 COLFC
(No highlights available)
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.
City of Liverpool and Prescot Cables played out a pulsating 2-2 draw in the 10a derby in what turned out to be a frenetic fixture at the IP Truck Parts Stadium.
Purps manager Michael Ellison made two changes from the starting line-up which beat Brighouse on Saturday, with Jack Hazlehurst replacing Tony Gray and goalkeeper Owen Wheeler in for Scott Reed.
The visitors started the game how they finished at Brighouse on Saturday, looking at it from minute one and much the hungrier of the two sides.
Indeed this told early on as excellent pressing from Barrow, Burke, Hazlehurst and McDonald saw the Purps rob Cables of possession deep in their own half. Jamie McDonald’s opportunistic effort from range was deflected for a corner and when the set piece was played in Jordan Barrow teed up Jay McCarten but the hosts just managed to clear.
Kai Shorrock, fresh from an outstanding debut on Saturday, spent much of the first half giving Cables wing back James Edgar a torrid time. Shorrock sent Edgar to the shop on three occasions, the first resulting in a marvellous right footed ball in which Jamie McDonald headed narrowly wide. It was one where Jamie would have expected to see the net bulge.
Another turn and cross from Shorrock again left Edgar in his wake and again time picked out McDonald but Cables keeper Mitchell Allen bravely saved at his feet.
McDonald was denied again by Allen after cutting in down the left and forcing the keeper to block with his body from a narrow angle for a corner.
After banging on the door for much of the opening twenty minutes, the Purps finally made the pressure tell. Louis Corrigan whipped in a deep and devilish corner from the right and skipper Jay McCarten rose like a salmon to power home a header which gave Allen no chance. The Purps defender had his first goal for the club and it was no more than the visitors deserved.
As the half progressed Jack Hazlehurst and Dom Reid had Allen scrambling with long range efforts which went narrowly wide.
Corrigan’s set pieces continued to give the opposition a torrid night, he again picked out McCarten who turned the ball back for Barrow to strike, but it was agonisingly just behind the in-form midfielder. Stephen Rigby then had a shot blocked bravely by a Cables defender as the hosts half-cleared.
As the half closed out, a lovely driving run down the left from Rigby picked out Dom Reid arriving late at the back post. The winger attempted to knock it back across the face of goal, but a Cables defender blocked just in front of Jamie McDonald who was lurking for a tap-in.
On the stroke of half time another Corrigan corner had Cables again all at sea, it looked destined for the head of the unmarked Nathan Burke but somehow evaded everyone and went all the way through. The referee then blew for the interval after dominant half of football where the Purps rued not being further in front.
HALF TIME: Cables 0-1 Purps
After the interval, the hosts had a change of shape and were much improved for it. A silly foul on the edge of the area gave the visitors a good chance to test Owen Wheeler, but the whipped free kick struck the end of the wall and deflected for a corner.
In the 57th minute Cables had a golden opportunity to restore parity as the lively Michael Monaghan tumbled theatrically in the box under pressure from McCarten and referee Luis Griffiths was quick to point to the spot.
James Edgar stepped up to dispatch the penalty home, sending Wheeler the wrong way.
Cables were buoyed by their equaliser and the visitors were indebted to Wheeler who raced off his line to deny Josh Klein-Davies with his body. There was more than a hint of offside as the forward raced clear but Wheeler stayed big to make a fine stop one-on-one.
On an evening where questionable decision making left the Purps perplexed, there was a period of controversy as James McCarten was dragged down for what looked like a stonewall penalty in the Cables area only for the referee to somehow award Cables a free kick. The hosts went down to the other end and were given a free kick down the left as Kearney slid in and won the ball, Michael Ellison’s side incensed.
Matty Hamilton whipped the free kick in, which went all the way through to put Cables 2-1 ahead.
The Purps rallied and equalised almost instantly as a long ball over the top released Jamie McDonald who delicately lobbed the ball over the stranded goalkeeper to restore parity. It was the least the visitors deserved and a fine finish from the Purps #9.
Moments later McDonald was picked out by substitute Elliott Nevitt’s driving run and cross but his angled drive flew over the bar.
At the other end Wheeler made a great low stop to deny Cables on the counter attack, and Corrigan cleared the rebound as Klein-Davies looked for a tap in.
Deep into injury time the Purps almost re-wrote the headlines as McDonald’s pressing robbed Sean Myler of possession in his own box. Elliott Nevitt gathered the loose ball but Mitchell Allen saved with his body to deny him and save his captain’s bacon.
FINAL SCORE: Cables 2-2 Purps
City of Liverpool: Wheeler, Shorrock, Kearney, McCarten, Corrigan, Barrow (Stephens), Burke, Reid, Rigby (Nevitt), Hazlehurst (McGrath), McDonald.
Man of the Match: Jamie McDonald. The Purps forward lead the line well, grabbing a deserved goal and causing the hosts defence an evening of constant headaches.
Paul Manning spoke to Michael Ellison after the final whistle to get the managers reaction.
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Prescot Cables v City of Liverpool
Tuesday 13th October. 19:45 KO
Due to Covid-19 restrictions imposed by Knowsley Council this game will be Behind Closed Doors.
An eventful week for City of Liverpool off the pitch as manager Craig Robinson left by mutual consent with the club moving swiftly to install former Linnets manager Michael Ellison. Ello only had one training session to work with the squad before a tough first fixture away at Brighouse which makes the 5-2 victory all the more impressive. A late friday night dash by club secretary John Lavin to sign young right back Kai Shorrock in time for the game paid off too as the 18 year old put in an outstanding performance on his debut. It was a world away from the Workington defeat as a brace apiece for Nathan Burke and Elliott Nevitt sandwiched either side of Stephen Rigby fine effort got Michael Ellison tenure off to a dream start. He was joined on the sidelines for Saturday’s game by new additions to the coaching staff Matt Cross and Chris Lawton.
Prescot Cables have had a mixed start to their League campaign with 1 win and 2 defeats in their opening 3 games. A 2-0 home win against Kendal Town was followed by a 1-0 away defeat to Clitheroe. Last time out a back and forth encounter against Dunston UTS saw Cables come back from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 with 15 minutes to go only to concede 2 goals late on to eventually lose 3-2.
This will be the 5th “10A Derby” between City of Liverpool and Prescot Cables. The Purps current record stands at 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. One of those victories includes an emphatic 8-2 FA Cup victory.
19/08/2017 Cables 2-2 COLFC
22/08/2017 COLFC 8-2 Cables
(All goals available on Purps TV on YouTube)
04/01/2020 COLFC 3-0 Cables
22/02/2020 Cables 2-0 COLFC
(Highlights unavailable so please enjoy Tom Peterson making it 8-1 against Cables)
Unfortunately this game is Behind Closed Doors so no fans are able to attend
Michael Ellison’s debut as City of Liverpool manager saw the Purps demolish Brighouse Town in an excellent display at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium.
The new manager gave debuts to goalkeeper Scott Reed and right back Kai Shorrock who both signed on the eve of the match.
The visitors started brightly and could have taken the lead with barely two minutes on the clock as Dom Reid burst down the left, rinsing the right back and cut in to fire a shot which looked destined for the bottom corner of the net. Brighouse goalkeeper Matt Smith somehow clawed it out with a fine stop, and the loose ball was agonisingly just behind Jamie McDonald who would have had a tap in.
After a promising start, the Purps went behind against the run of play when Brighouse defender Kurt Harris headed home from a corner after 16 minutes. It was harsh on the visitors who had been much the better side in the opening exchanges.
The Purps were not down-heartened by going behind and almost equalised within seconds of restarting play. Jordan Barrow and Jamie McDonald were both denied by last ditch blocks inside the Brighouse box in the same passage of play. Louis Corrigan also went close with a long range left footed free kick which Smith did well to fingertip over the bar.
The visitors continued to rally and finally got the equaliser their play had deserved courtesy of Nathan Burke. The midfielder burst forward in trademark style, firing a right footed effort across the keeper from the right hand side of the area which bounced in off the post.
Burke then put the Purps ahead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time after Dom Reid’s barnstorming run ended with the winger being unceremoniously barged over in the box. The referee awarded a penalty without hesitation and Burke stepped up to despatch it home with aplomb, sending the visitors in at the break with a deserved lead.
HALF TIME: Brighouse 1-2 City of Liverpool.
The Purps started the second half in the same fashion as they dominated the first, with the exceptional Jordan Barrow dominating midfield and dictating play, allowing Burke, Reid, Rigby and the impressive debutant Kai Shorrock plenty of opportunity to express themselves going forward.
Within three minutes of the restart the Purps increased their lead as Shorrock nipped in to win possession, feeding Tony Gray who expertly released Stephen Rigby with a first-time ball. Rigby lifted an ice-cool finish beyond the advancing Smith to send the travelling Purps into raptures!
The visitors continued to dominate and left back Louis Corrigan, so often the scourge of the Purps with his fine delivery for Runcorn Linnets, had a whipped corner tipped onto his own crossbar by Smith as the hosts looked all at sea defending Louis’ set pieces.
The hosts again grabbed a goal against the run of play, as a counter attack from a Purps corner saw substitute Javelle Clarke bundle the ball home fortuitously from close range, beyond the reach of Reed to make it 3-2.
The Purps were undeterred and soon increased their lead once again. Substitute Elliott Nevitt, within seconds of replacing Tony Gray, raced clear from Dom Reid’s flick on. The Beast held off two defenders before slotting home a composed finish beyond Smith with his first touches of the match, making it 4-2. An inspired substitution if ever you’ll see one!
The hosts were reduced to ten men after 76 minutes as Thomas Haigh who was already on a booking for a wild challenge on Stephen Rigby that should have been a straight red, repeated the feat on Jamie McDonald.
Haigh lunged with an ugly, high, straight leg tackle on the Purps forward, a challenge which should also have resulted in a straight red card. The referee produced the second yellow and regardless the midfielder had the marching orders he was seemingly desperate to obtain.
The visitors wasted no time in utilising their man advantage, as Brighouse defenders made an almighty mess of Scott Reed’s long clearance and Nevitt took full advantage again. The forward held off a couple of defenders before side footing beyond the advancing Smith. It was a score line which Michael Ellison’s side thoroughly deserved.
FINAL SCORE: Brighouse 2-5 City of Liverpool
City of Liverpool: Reid, Shorrock (Kinsella ’86), Kearney, McCarten ( c ), Corrigan, Barrow, Burke, Reid, McDonald, Rigby, Gray (Nevitt ’68).
Subs not used: Devine, McGrath, Hazlehurst.
Man of the Match: Jordan Barrow. The midfielder was at his dominant best throughout the match, winning the ball at will with some fine challenges and looking every inch the best player on the park. Barrow bossed his Brighouse midfield counterparts throughout and just edges out Kai Shorrock who deserves a special mention for an excellent debut performance which belied the 18 year old’s years.
After the match we caught up with Michael Ellison for his reaction to the victory, and asked him about his first few days in charge.
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