Atherton Collieries 1-0 Prescot Cables

Atherton Collieries 1-0 Prescot Cables

Cables slumped to consecutive defeats on the road going down by the only goal of the game at in-form Atherton Collieries.

The only goal of the game came on 15 minutes and from the hosts’ first attack of any note. Coyne was adjudged to have tripped O’Neill; Ben Hardcastle fired home from the penalty spot emphatically, past the outstretched left arm of Barnes.

Ben Barnes had to be in fine form on the half hour, twice denying centre forward Adam Farrell before Cables broke and Colls ‘keeper Greg Hartley was called into action. On this occasion the hosts’ keeper appeared to handle the ball outside the penalty area as Chris Almond chased down a loose ball but the infringement went unnoticed by the match officials. The decision, or lack of, would prove pivotal as Hartley would be further tested later in the game but would not be beaten.

Cables started the second half on the front foot with a succession of set pieces in advanced positions and Josh-Klein Davies went particularly close when firing into the side netting from a tight angle.

Going into the last twenty minutes, Barnes had to be at his best to deny Hardcastle before Hartley was tested by an Almond header.

The introduction of Lloyd Dean from the bench provided an extra spark in attack for Cables and as the pressure increased Dean saw one effort cleared from just short of the line after a scramble and created another wonderful chance for himself, dispossessing Peet out wide and driving into the box only to be thwarted by Hartley.

In the closing moments Hardcastle once more broke free and clear of the defense but drove his effort wide before Harry Cain connected with a well-executed volley from a clipped cross from Turner only to see the ball ricochet off the underside of the crossbar, bounce on the line and then into the grateful arms of Hartley.

It was not to be Cables’ day and its now advantage Bamber Bridge in the race for fourth place in the final League Table.

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