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Saturday 7th January 2012
CABLES SUFFER NEW YEAR HANGOVER!
Prescot Cables 1 - Witton Albion 3
After their excellent win against Skelmersdale on Boxing Day and a well earned point at Salford City last Monday,
Prescot Cables were brought back down to earth this afternoon losing at home to Witton Albion.In a game played in
a bitterly cold wind, both teams braved the elements to produce an open game of football and Cables will look back
on two first half decisions by the referee which swayed the game in Wittons favour.
Cables made three changes from the side which took to the field against Salford City. Coulter and McMillan replaced
Cooney and Flood at the back and Jamie McCulloch replaced Scott Booth on the left side of midfield. Cables lined up
in a 5-3-2 formation with Witton Albion playing 4-4-2.
Alex Titchiner had the ball in the net for Witton after 4 minutes but his effort was rightly ruled offside.Chris Gahgan
previously with Warrington Town and playing in a deeper midfield role today was always lively and dangerous. When
he broke through on 20 minutes it took a fine tackle from Cables Andy Alston to stop him. On 24 minutes and
Gahgan was through again laying a neat side flick off for Titchiner to force a fine save from Stephen Longrigg.
On 30 minutes after some pressure Cables had two efforts cleared off the Witton goal line in quick succession.
A free kick taken by Joe Gibiliru then forced a corner which was cleared by the Witton defence. Following this a
through ball intended for Jamie McCulloch was deliberately handled by Witton defender Ben Harrison who received a
yellow card for his efforts. Had it not been for Harrison's intervention McCulloch would have been clean through on
goal and Cables were denied a clear scoring opportunity by deliberate foul play.On 37 minutes Cables Liam Hollett
was dismissed for a two footed challenge with the referee applying the letter of the law somewhat harshly. From the
resulting free kick Anthony Sheehan hit the post and Schofield knocked in the rebound from close range to give
Witton the lead.
Jamie McCulloch received a caution before halftime and a long range effort from Witton full back Mat Wood went
narrowly wide just before the break.After the break Cables went on the offensive and on 50 minutes Witton keeper
Matt Cooper produced a fine save from a 20 yard strike by Cables right back Sam Coulter.
Witton then began to press home their numerical advantage and Titchiner shot narrowly wide after being sent through
on 58 minutes. Witton were awarded a penalty on 66 minutes when Andrews was upended which Sheehan duly
converted to put Witton 2-0 ahead.
On 68 minutes Chris Gahgan missed a golden opportunity to put Witton 3-0 in front when he skied over from 6 yards
after being fed by Titchiner. On 72 minutes Matt Cooper made a fine double save from Cables Ashley Ruane and
Jamie McCulloch. Titchiner should have wrapped the game up on 73 minutes but he skied over when clean through.In
the last minute Jamie McCulloch finally pulled a goal back for Cables scoring from close range on the left hand post.
Cables surged forward with a late rally but were caught on the break when they lost the ball in midfield and substitute
Liam Newman wrapped the points up for Witton celebrating his 20th birthday with a goal.
Cables to their credit never gave up the ghost and kept working right up until the final whistle.One pleasing aspect of
today's game was the attendance of 240 the highest in the evo-stik division one north today.
Reporter - Richard Quinn