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Atherton Colls v City of Liverpool

FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round

Wednesday 4th November. 19:45 KO


Atherton is located within Greater Mancher and they are currently in Tier 3 Lockdown just as we are 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 Skuna 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 try and grab a quick word 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.



As I’m sure your all aware a National Lockdown goes into effect from Thursday till 2nd December however there is just time for the Purps to visit Atherton Colls in the FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round. This fixture was postponed a few days due to 2 members of club staff completing isolation and we thank Atherton for their understanding and assistance in moving the tie.

Last time out for the Purps was the trip to an in-form Colne. It would be the toughest game of Michael Ellison reign so far not just for the quality of the opponents but the conditions too. It absolutely lashed it down for 90 mins straight on a pitch with an incline that could be described as Moel Famau-esque (especially as the ground become more boggy as the game went on).

Colne took a 1-0 lead into half time and it became an uphill battle for the Purps, quite literally, as they were playing up Snowden in the 2nd half. The conditions actually helped the Purps get a deserved equaliser. An underhit back pass held up on the edge of the box allowing Jay McDonald to nip in, compose himself and bend a lovely right footed effort past the keeper and into the far corner.

It was to be a short lived parity as Colne took control of the game, scoring 3 times in 15 minutes. In truth the Purps contributed to their downfall with some individual mistakes that Colne seemed to punish everytime. Colne then had the luxury of bringing on ex-pro Ryan Taylor to sit in front of the back four to see the game out for the last 15 minutes. The Purps pulled one back in injury time as Nathan Burke slotted a penalty after the lively Rhain Hellawell was felled in the box. A 4-2 defeat in the end.

Atherton play one league above City of Liverpool in the Northern Premier Division. They currently sit in 9th place after taking 13 points from their opening 8 games and have just 1 loss in their last 5 games.

Its not the first time these two sides have met, with the sides having played out a pulsating 3-3 draw in the NWCFL Champions Cup final during the Simon Burton era.

The Purps came from two goals down to level at 2-2 courtesy of quick-fire second half goals from Jamie McDonald and Joe Camozzi, before falling behind again rom the penalty spot.

The Purps had already had Mike Smith sent off, when Assistant Manager Tom Spearritt, making a rare playing appearance, made a miraculous point blank save to deny the hosts a certain goal. The only problem was that Tom was playing centre back at the time and then also received his marching orders! The hosts scored from the spot to edge ahead again.

Miraculously, Karl Noon scored in injury time to equalise for the never-say-die nine men of City of Liverpool, taking the match into an extra thirty minutes.

The Purps looked the more likely winner of the two sides in extra time, with John McGrath going closest, but the game went to penalties. Goalkeeper Stephen Longrigg was once again the hero in a shoot-out, as the underdogs triumphed 4-3 to lift the cup.

Last time out in the Trophy the Purps were awarded the tie after Cleethorpes Town pulled out and we progressed to the next round. It is now our best ever cup run in the Trophy and should we progress we will be rewarded with an away tie against Buxton in the 1st round proper.

Past Meetings

29/07/17 Atherton Colls 3-3 COLFC 

(COLFC won 4-3 pens)


Unfortunately due to local Covid-19 restrictions no Purps fans who live within the Liverpool City Region are allowed to attend.





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