Atherton Collieries v 1874 Northwich ,NWCL Division 1,Saturday 8th March 2014

A decent crowd of 236 turned up at Alder House for this maiden meeting between the two clubs,Colls of 98 years or so and 1874 who are in their first season of being a football club since their formation.

Below,Colls Clubhouse.

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It was Michael Brandon’s header on 59 minutes that sealed the three points for 1874 Northwich in a closely fought match, not the prettiest game seen this season by me but it was one of those where the result came first and the performance was only secondary.

The opening twenty minutes or so were trappy with both sides struggling to play any form of flowing football on a very cut up pitch,Paul Atherton got Colls first attempt easily saved with Josh Peet having a long range attempt go wide within the first twenty two minutes.

It all kicked off though around the half hour mark when Michael Ward of Northwich caught Colls forward Jake Atherton, Colls captain Kieran Halliwell waded into the action and along with Ward was given a yellow for his troubles, both teams continued to press but struggled to put the ball into the back of net as half time approached, Northwich then had two more players booked within five minutes as the half time break arrived.

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Below,Even this dog wasn’t impressed with the first half!

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The second half was just that bit better than the first,well in that it had the only goal of the match when Brandon headed from a cross on 57 minutes to put the visitors ahead, from here Colls were always chasing the game while 1874 couldn’t put the result to bed.

More bookings followed as the match progressed,a few were from very petulant reactions and the odd rash challenge,Colls could have made the scores level on around 81 minutes with two missed chances in the box then a few minutes later Jake Patton was unable to put his foot to a cross with five minutes to go which could have levelled the scores.

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So an intriguing match then and one in which the ref came in for a fair amount of shouting from the fans,most of their queries seemed to be about calling the quality of his eyesight and parentage into question!

The race for promotion continues for both clubs,Northwich leap over Colls to go third with two games in hand and only a point behind Formby in the second automatic promotion spot who you remember I saw back in October at LR’s ground.

Two spots up for grabs and four teams are in the hunt for promotion,this league is bubbling up nicely as it approaches the business end of the season.

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