Cables were soundly beaten 3-1 away at Tadcaster Albion on Tuesday night after James Edgar’s red card forced them to play the second half with ten men.
The game started at a frenetic pace with both sides creating chances. MJ Monaghan put Prescot in front when he headed home. The Cables man was unmarked in the 6-yard area and was found brilliantly by Matty Hamilton’s looping cross.
That lead would last for all of two minutes. The home side levelled through Simon Russell’s brilliant volley from a cross that was not cut out from the left-hand side.
Both sides then created good chances to take the lead, Jamie Rainford creating Cables’ best moment when he fired just over from around 25 yards out.
Then, with around 6 minutes to go before half time, Edgar was shown a red card for a tackle that was no more than mistimed on the wet surface. The referee, however, deemed the challenge to be serious foul play and did not hesitate to dismiss the wide man.
Half time saw Cables make a change to adjust to going a man down, Rodrigo Schmitdinger coming on for Alex McMilan. For their part, Tadcaster smelt blood and took the lead early into the second half. Cables failed to clear the ball from a corner and Milne was able to fire home.
MJ Monaghan was denied a penalty ten minutes later after being floored in the area, the resulting yellow card for simulation adding insult to injury.
The game was then ended as a contest on 70 minutes when Tadcaster’s number 9 Bailey Thompson rose above the defence to powerfully head home a cross from the right.
The remaining twenty minutes saw some extremely tired legs in the yellow shirts of Cables as the effect of 2 weeks without playing and being down to ten men took its toll. Despite the fatigue, Sean Myler and captain James McCulloch continued to battle and scrap for every ball as Tadcaster produced wave after wave of attacks. Mitch Allen also produced several good saves to keep the score line respectable.
One bright spot in the closing moments was Josh Perry coming on for his First Team debut, replacing Lloyd Dean. Perry is the latest of a number of youngsters who have made the step up from the Reserve Team this season.
Cables XI: Allen, O Fleming, Edgar, Cooper, McCulloch, Hamilton (A Fleming), Myler, McMillan (Schmitdinger 45), Monaghan, Dean (Perry 85), Rainford
Man of the Match: Mitch Allen – produced a number of fine saves when Cables were under the cosh in the second half.