For the first time since the opening day we play a league fixture not in the position as league leaders. The defeat at Rams saw them take our season long spot and they are now 2 points clear, although Reds have a game in hand.
Prescot Cables are mid table but their home record is not bad and they have only beaten there twice.
Prescot are 11th with 30 points from 25 games Reds are 2nd with 47 points from 23 games
Prscot at home 5-5-2 Reds away 5-3-4
Recent Prescot results: 25 Jan Marske 2-1 Prescot 21 Jan Prescot 0-0 Colne 18 Jan Prescot 0-0 Trafford 11 Jan Prescot 4-0 Droylsden 4 Jan City of Liverpool 3-0 Prescot 1 Jan Prescot 1-2 Marine 26 Dec Runcorn Linnets 2-2 Prescot 21 Dec Prescot 1-1 Kendal 14 Dec Reds 4-0 Prescot 7 Dec Prescot 1-0 Pickering
Prescot overall since 1 Dec 2-4-4 Reds overall since 1 Dec 8-1-2
2 wins from 11 fixtures is not great form for Prescot. They have only scored once in their last three games. The first of the four Reds' goals on 14 Dec came after 71 minutes, the last on 87 minutes.
Other matches today involving the top five: Clitheroe v Pontefract Droylsden v Ramsbottom Mossley v Marske Ossett Utd v Marine
If we are to win this league we will need to win more away from home. We lost 2 of our 3 away trips in January. Here's hoping we can start the February run with a victory. Come on you Reds.
Goes without saying this is a must win game. Hope Clarke is restored to starting 11 along with Tinnion, play our best team. Prescott were a decent side at Borough Park i thought and we only broke them down when they had a man sent off.
A poor game, a poor surface, a poor referee, ill tempered and 3 valuable points against a very physical Prescot side who tried to intimidate the ref at every turn. It was great to see Reds not back down and give as good as they got in the ugly side of the game. Truth to tell it wasnt an easy watch, with Conor Tinnion's smart finish after Scott Allison's lay off, about the only moment of quality in the 1st half. A linesman's flag denied Prescot an equaliser just before the break, a decision which sent their gobshite number 4 apoplectic much to the Reds fans' amusement.
The 2nd period wasn't much better as Reds couldn't get their passing game together and Prescot resorted to long ball tactics which were meat and drink to the imperious Dan Wordsworth and Sam Smith. A 1 goal lead is always a nervy lead though and the more pessimistic amongst us envisaged an equaliser. However the introduction of Brad Hubbold changed the complexion of the game as his passing skills and ability to work an opening got us further up the pitch and gave the home defence some anxious moments. It was just into stoppage time when Hubbold started and finished the move which gave us a 2 goal cushion and the 3 points. With the other results at the top going against us this was a vital win and it was great to see us going toe to toe with a non-footballing team.
A word of praise for Prescot keeper Ollie Taylor who engaged in banter and conversation with the Reds fans behind his goal and mutual appreciation was showed at the end. The home side's numbers 2 (yes, you Valter Fernandes), 3, 4 and 6 would do well to follow suit.
It was much appreciated when Prescot's Club Secretary sought out the fun bus crew/Reds supporters in the bar after the match. Quote "There was a good amount of jovial banter between the fans and it was all good natured, thanks and hope you enjoyed your afternoon at Prescot Cables FC".
It wasn’t pretty! The pitch has been mentioned but the strong wind didn’t help either. The home team were physical and would have bullied us out of the game last season. The referee was poor and as inconsistent as it’s possible to be. One example was in the first half when he booked Scott Allison for a challenge that was nothing more than a free kick and then took no action against a Prescot player two minutes later for an offence that was similar but probably more cynical.
The team battled well though and it was a good three points from a game we would have almost certainly lost last year.
Poor game made even more stop start by a referee who kept failing to play advantage and was all over the place with his consistency. We battled well with Sam Smith and Goose being our star players really, winning everything. Prescott didnt really have much other than pumping it forward. There were 2 moments of any real quality in the match and we scored from both and was pleasing to see us take our chances, we didnt really create much else.
Game opened up when Hubbold came on and he gave us fresh drive going forward and thought he was unlucky not to be in the starting line up Lonsdale did ok he's was getting into the game when he had to go off with a head injury, he doesnt really have the pace though so it was a bit unbalanced compared to Clarke on the other side. Ali was decent though it probably was the right sort of game for him, he had a few nice touches but didnt really threaten, he'll get used to our style of play though. Probably would have been good if Waterston had have been on the bench as a straight swap but thought Grainger made all the right subs at the right time. Some "easier" games ahead but the other promotion rivals are bang in form, just need to concentrate on winning our games for the next few weeks and see where we are.
It has all been said really. Not the most inspiring game with little to trouble either keeper really. Two well taken goals and little else quality wise, although we battled well and met the physical challenge when necessary. There seemed more going on in the dugouts, on a couple of occasions. Pitch looked a bit bare from the back of the splendid traditional grandstand, but really bumpy down at pitch level. We looked a good bit better with the two subs on and were on top towards the end, when Cables ought to have been pressing more for an equaliser. Hubbold would be one of the first names on my team sheet every week.