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Congleton Town
City of Liverpool
T Schofield (19'), M Adegbenro (45'), D Cope (58')
Full time
Sat 24 Nov 15:00 - Hallmark Security North West Counties Football League - Premier Division Attendance 313

Superb Bears bring down the league leaders

There was much anticipation for the meeting between the top two in the league, with Liverpool putting their unbeaten start to the season to the test.

Straight from the off it was obvious that the Bears were going to play a strong attacking game and it proved to be the perfect tactic as the visitors struggled to contain them.

Bevan Burey opened up with a strong run and won a free kick, it was pinged into the area and Liverpool struggled to handle it but eventually got it away. The Bears continued to pile forward and put pressure on the visitor’s goal, Dean Warburton came closest with a rasping shot which went just wide of the post.

The reward for this domination came in the 19th minute. A ball was played into the corner and Mini Adegbenro chased, pulled it back and to Rick Peters, he fed Tom Schofield, who played a one two with Warburton and raced into the area with the return, beat two defenders and fired the ball across Ashcroft and into the corner of the net, 1-0 Bears.

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Liverpool now tried to apply the pressure and created a couple of good chances but Tom Morris headed one away and Craig Ellison was on hand to hold the other, then Dalton headed a good chance over the bar and a brilliant save from Ellison denied him when he seemed destined to equalise.

Five minutes before the break Peters had a good chance as he closed in on goal, only for the feet of Ashcroft to deny him.

On the stroke of half time Morris intercepted a Liverpool cross field ball deep in his own half. He found Warburton on the half way line, who turned, looked up and played the perfect pass through the visitors defence to Adegbenro who ran into the area and fired it low past the advancing keeper 2-0 Bears and much deserved.

Half Time Congleton Town 2-0 City of Liverpool

Liverpool started the second half with a chance but Ellison caught easily. Then it was more Bears pressure. Adegbenro played in a low cross to Dan Cope who turned and hit a low shot which Ashcroft saved brilliantly with his feet. He was then on hand to save a curling Cope shot that looked bound for the far corner and he was there again to tip a Warburton shot over the bar. Liverpool were restricted to shots from distance which didn’t trouble Ellison and Tom Stephens worked hard to contain any forays down the right.

On 58 minutes the visitors had a free kick on the right, the ball was played in to the Bears box, there was a scramble and Schofield managed to boot it up field. Cope collected on the half way line, brought it down, turned and left the defender for dead as he ran in on goal then let fly from 25 yards and saw the ball nestle in the back of the net. 3-0 Bears. The crowd went wild.

City of Liverpool tried to find a way back but the Bears defence thwarted every effort. A neat move which saw several Bears players knocking the ball around with Antony Griffith at the centre finally led to Burey firing in from a tight angle, just over the bar. The visitors finally had a chance when Forbes turned in the box but his shot was into the side netting. Josh Ryder was then on hand with a timely tackle and clearance.

As the final minutes approached a Bears free kick was played long to sub Saul Henderson and his low cross brought a sharp low save from Ashcroft as John Main closed in.

The final whistle brought to an end a superb game of football which was a great advert for the game at this level. Both sides had given everything but it was the Bears who deserved the three points and their 15th clean sheet in 24 games. They had closed the gap to just 5 points at the top of the table. All 13 players put in a fantastic effort.

Team: Ellison, Stephens, Peters, Ryder, Morris, Griffith, Burey, Warburton, Cope (Henderson 75), Schofield, Adegbenro (Main 85)
Unused: Disney, Williams, Jamieson

Attendance 313, the best since the 2-1 win at home to Newcastle Town in 2009/10 when 321 watched the game.

After the game manager Brian Pritchard was keen to keep the win in perspective. He praised the whole team for the way they battled all afternoon, executing the game plan perfectly but was quick to point out that this is only November and not April and there is a return at City of Liverpool to play in a few weeks time. He said that thoughts and plans now moved to the \Macron Cup game at Abbey Hulton in two weeks time, but for now the players and fans could enjoy the win.

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Key moments

19:00
Goal Tom Schofield scores for Congleton Town
45:00
Goal Mini Adegbenro scores for Congleton Town
58:00
Goal Dan Cope scores for Congleton Town

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Highlights

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85:00 Sub Off
Mini Adegbenro is substituted off for Congleton Town
85:00 Sub On
John Main is substituted on for Congleton Town
77:00 Sub On
Saul Henderson is substituted on for Congleton Town
77:00 Sub Off
Dan Cope is substituted off for Congleton Town
62:00 Yellow Card
Anthony Griffith is yellow carded for Congleton Town
58:00 Goal 3 - 0
Dan Cope scores for Congleton Town
58:00 Yellow Card
Rick Peters is yellow carded for Congleton Town
52:00 Yellow Card
Tom Schofield is yellow carded for Congleton Town
45:00 Goal 2 - 0
Mini Adegbenro scores for Congleton Town
End of period 1
19:00 Goal 1 - 0
Tom Schofield scores for Congleton Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Congleton Town
  • City of Liverpool
  • 0
  • Tom Schofield Goal 19:00'
  • Mini Adegbenro Goal 45:00'
  • Tom Schofield Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Dan Cope Goal 58:00'
  • Rick Peters Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Anthony Griffith Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Dan Cope Sub Off 77:00'
  • Saul Henderson Sub On 77:00'
  • John Main Sub On 85:00'
  • Mini Adegbenro Sub Off 85:00'

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Team selection

Ellison, Craig Ellison, Craig
Stephens, Tom Stephens, Tom
Ryder, Joshua Ryder, Joshua
Burey, Bevan Burey, Bevan
Morris, Tom Morris, Tom
Peters, Rick Peters, Rick
Warburton, Dean Warburton, Dean
Schofield, Tom Schofield, Tom
Cope, Dan Cope, Dan
Adegbenro, Mini Adegbenro, Mini
Griffith, Anthony Griffith, Anthony

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# Team Pl Pts
1. City of Liverpool 25 63
2. Congleton Town 24 50
3. Bootle 24 49
4. Barnoldswick Town 23 42
5. Charnock Richard 26 41
6. Burscough 26 40
7. Runcorn Town 25 40

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