Some 160 days since fans were last inside the IP Truck Parts Stadium, football finally returned to Prescot and the mood could not have been more different to how things were in March.
Yesterday was a new beginning, in more than one sense, as 200 fans welcomed the start of the Craig Davies era at Cables while impeccably observing social distancing guidance issued by the club against NPL Premier Division side Radcliffe.
The opening exchanges were fairly uneventful until the Pesky Bulls took the lead through James Edgar in the 21st minute. Josh Klein-Davies’ persistence saw the striker win the ball from the Radcliffe defence and allowed Lloyd Dean to find Edgar on the left side of the area. Edgar finished instinctively and calmly, firing the ball into the far corner of the Radcliffe net.
Dean and Edgar would once again combine to double Cables’ lead shortly after the now obligatory drinks break. A delightful ball over the top from Dean once again found Edgar on the left who had time to chip the ball past the on-rushing keeper.
Radcliffe offered little in response and were 3 down before the break when Dean ran onto Rodrigo Schmitdinger’s through ball before crossing for Klein-Davies to finish side-footed.
Radcliffe were awarded a penalty within a minute of the restart after Martyn Jackson was late to a tackle. However, the spot-kick rattled against the crossbar and then went over the bar.
That reprieve was short lived for Cables who conceded two goals in six minutes as Radcliffe got themselves back into the match.
Both sides used the second half to experiment with different formations and personnel and perhaps a draw was a fair result. Radcliffe equalised when Simon Lengihan headed the visitors level in added time at the end of the 90 minutes.