Kidsgrove Athletic 0-4 Prescot Cables

Whoever it was who said that ‘a week is a long time in politics’ would probably rework the phrase if they had been involved with Prescot Cables over the last seven days! Last week’s defeat away to Halesowen took some getting over for everyone connected with the club. For the players, it was a case of picking themselves up, dusting themselves down and proving that they can produce the levels of performance shown last week on a consistent basis and, perhaps more importantly to show that they could cut out the silly mistakes that had cost them so dearly in recent weeks.

Cables arrived at the Novus Stadium on Saturday to face a Kidsgrove Athletic side that had only lost once so far this season knowing that a fifth defeat in a row in all competitions would see the hosts move above them in the Evo-Stik League West Division table.

Once the game was underway it became clear that the ‘Pesky Bulls’ were determined not only to win, but to win in style and prove that they will be a real force to be reckoned with in the division.

Indeed, it is hard to recall a better performance away from home by Cables. The lead was taken on eight minutes when Chris Almond was able to run into the box and force a save out of home goalkeeper Dominic Kurasik; the rebound fell to Matthew Hamilton who was able to bundle the ball in off his chest.

Cables were dominating the game. With Aaron Turner anchoring the midfield, the creative duo of Luke Griffiths and Jack Lenehan were able to press forward and support the forwards. It was Lenehan who doubled Cables’ lead on 18 minutes. After another good run from Almond, the ball came to Lenehan on the edge of the box; the youngster curled a lovely left-footed strike into the top corner of the net.

Further chances fell to Luke Griffiths who shot just over and James Cooper who headed straight at the keeper from 4 yards out in the 33rd minute.

Michael Monaghan then forced a 40th minute save from Kurasik after a superb drive into the box.  James Edgar shot just over the bar in the 44th minute.  The home side were unable to live with the pace and power of the Cables attack and unable to break down a resolute defence, Reece Fishwick at right-back was playing out of his skin. At the break, Cables were two nil up and were not flattered by that score line.

Would the second half see Cables take their ‘foot of the gas’ and allow the home side back into the game? The answer was, simply, no. Three minutes into the second half Cables were able to make stretch their advantage to 3-0.

Now, at this point, the author of this article has a confession to make: I missed the goal. At half time the excellent hospitality team at Kidsgrove treated me to pie, chips and mushy peas and I was still eating this as the goal went in (steak and kidney by the way, if you were wondering). So, the description of this goal is left to my 7-year-old son who was stood behind the goal and did see it (under the adult supervision of the still suspended Lloyd Dean). “Reece Fishwick headed the ball and gave it to MJ (Michael Monaghan) who, like, beat two or three players and just smashed it in, top bins!” Thanks for that, James.

Cables were still attacking, still wanting more goals. Aaron Turner found Hamilton with a lovely through ball in the 51st minute, Hamilton forcing a top drawer save from Kurasik after taking three defenders out of the game. It was becoming a masterclass of attacking football by the men in amber and black.

In the 59th minute, Monaghan was brought down in the 18-yard box and the referee did not hesitate to give a penalty. Chris Almond stepped up to take it, on the back of last week’s penalty miss and… SCORED, straight down the middle.  The ghost of Halesowen had now been laid to rest. 4-nil.

With half an hour to play and the game won, it would have been easy for Cables to let Kidsgrove back into the game. There would be no such complacency, they were dominant. Kyle Haslam, a spectator for most of the game, produced an excellent reflex save in the dying minutes to keep a clean sheet and ensure that this week, the bus trip home up the M6 would be a much, much happier affair. Anyone for karaoke?

Cables: Haslam, Fishwick, McCulloch, Cooper, Edgar, Turner, Lenehan (Wynne 78), Griffiths, Almond (McNally 78), Monaghan, Hamilton (Klein-Davies 78).

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