Cables emerged victorious from Saturday’s friendly with Lower Breck when football, and fans, finally returned to Prescot. Just over 300 supporters were inside the IP Truck Parts Stadium to witness goals from Jamie Rainford and Lloyd Dean see off the visitors who were competitive throughout and provided a good test for the Pesky Bulls.
Rainford’s goal came on 20 minutes from the penalty spot. If 2020 is the year that everything changed, then the sight of MJ Monaghan being fouled in the penalty area was perhaps a sign that some things are starting to return to ‘normal’. Monaghan drew the foul from a floundering full-back and Rainford took care of the rest, firing hard down the middle and past the visiting ‘keeper.
One-nil became two-nil twelve minutes later. The visitors failed to adequately clear a corner with the ball falling to Lloyd Dean on the edge of the area. The target man was able to swivel and fire home low and hard into the bottom corner.
Cables continued to dominate the first half and could have gone into half time three or four goals to the good. Captain James McCulloch, relishing his new midfield role, somehow managed to hit the bar from 4 yards out with an acrobatic overhead kick.
The second half was far more attritional as both sides took advantage of their substitutes to give valuable minutes to players in need of game time.
Liam Caddick, himself one of the second half introductions, forced a fine save from Breck’s ‘keeper late on. Cables were also able to give a First Team debut to another graduate of the club’s youth set up when 16 year old goalkeeper Alexander Angell came in for the final 5 minutes, producing one fine save of note in that time.