17 November 2016 09:51
Litherland REMYCA 1 Sandbach United 1
Jacque Talbot reports from Litherland Sports Park as Sandbach were held to 1-1 draw against Litherland REMYCA in a scrappy affair.
Sandbach United travelled to face a Litherland team who were just one place and 2 points above them in the league. Though the rainy weather across the country stopped several Hallmark Security League matches, it was the freezing cold that hindered the playing conditions.
Luke Taylor replaced Mathew Pearson who had a broken nose at right back and Christopher Jackson filled in for an injured Thomas Watkin.
During the warm-up it was evident that Sandbach’s men were standing on tired legs from Wednesday’s 120 minute clash against Witton Albion, which resulted in a defeat.
The match opened at a frantic pace, with hard challenges and tackles.
Sandbach got the first couple of clear cut chances, with Josh Lane heading fractionally over and Danny Bartle’s tame volley caught safely by Litherland’s goalkeeper, Sean Lake.
On 13 minutes, Josh Lane played Daniel Bartle in for his second chance of the game. The striker was one on one with the keeper, but his shot was went in the keeper’s grasp.
Defender, Kris Stockton, found himself booked after a reckless challenge, and after further arguments with the opposing players, he was substituted by Andy Hockenhull on 38 minutes.
After the break, Sandbach went close again from Danny Bartle’s great header from a George Riley corner kick.
It looked to be frustrating day for the centre-forward, but he finally got his goal after Jamie Morgan’s shot was parried by keeper, Lake, falling into the path of Bartle, who smashed the ball to give the visitor’s the lead.
Despite Sandbach’s dominance in the second half, they gifted a goal to Litherland on 77 mins. Nathan Jones was disposed in his own box then Litherland’s James McGrane received the ball and buried it into an open net.
Sandbach will be disappointed to get one point in a game where they could have taken all three. They face another trip to Liverpool on Saturday to face the league leaders, City of Liverpool FC, who are ten points above the Cheshire side having played 4 more games.
19 November 3pm City of Liverpool v Sandbach United
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