REPORT: AFC Liverpool 0-0 Squires Gate
Squires Gate picked up their first point of 2018 away at struggling AFC Liverpool on Saturday afternoon, but had plenty of chances to win it.
Manager Andy Clarkson welcomes back defender Dave Rossall into the side after he returned from a spell away from the club. Clarkson also had midfielder Joey Mullen back fit earlier than expected after his injury against Barnton earlier in the season.
In form Gate striker Gal Pett had the first chance for his side after six minutes in this one, but he saw his shot from outside the box go over the bar after jinking past a man to make room for himself.
Pett was again involved two minutes later when he was the target for Jake Higham, forward from defence. Higham looked to float the ball to the front post, but the home keeper collected before Pett could reach the ball.
Former Gate defender Chris Anderson put a dangerous looking ball into the box when he got forward from full back on 16 minutes, but nobody in red could meet the cross. AFC Liverpool then went on to have four successive corners but couldn't make them count, one of them saw Gate keeper Ben Fletcher pull of a superb one handed save to his right to deny AFC.
The half time whistle blew just after AFC broke forward, Gate coming under no danger though as Edgar's shot was easily saved.
HALF TIME: AFC Liverpool 0-0 Squires Gate
Gate made a good start to the second half with the impressive Joey Mullen, back from injury, sending in a dangerous ball into the box but nobody could meet it. AFC then had a corner of there own, but Gate managed to clear that with ease.
Joey Mullen again showed his quality when he won another corner for Gate down the right hand side. The resulting corner fell to Gary Pett at the back post, but he could only head over the bar.
Gate's best chance of the game came on 62 minutes. After good work from both Gary Pett and Jake Higham to put the AFC defence under pressure, the latter had his shot scrambled clear.
Midfielder Dean Ing would be next to go close for Gate who looked the only side likely to score in the last 30 minutes. The midfielder made one of his trademark late bursts into the box, only for AFC to clear before he could get his shot away.
Gate couldn't find a late winner in the game settling for another point on the road taking them to 14th in the league.
Andy Clarkson's men are back in action next Saturday when they host Abbey Hey at The Brian Addison Stadium.
Gate: 1. Fletcher, 2. Richards, 3. Higham, 4. Hall, 5. Rossall, 6. Carroll, 7. Mullen, 8. Ing, 9. Pett, 10. Buchan, 11. Moxon. Subs: 12. O'Mahoney, 14. Moorhead, 15. Thornber, 16. Masters, 17. Cech
Report by Mark Ashmore