Prescot Cables league campaign got underway with a defeat away to Market Drayton Town as Craig Davies’ side were punished for not taking their chances.
Nine months since our last league game and with much change in the meantime, Cables handed league debuts to 6 players, Diego Lattie, Danny Murphy Seydou Bamba in defence, Josh Dobie in central midfield, while new boys Lewis Buckley and Leon Johnson joined the returning Steven Tames up front.
It was Tames who had the first chance of the game but was unbale to convert on 5 minutes when his shot was blocked. Tames would also spurn another good chance to give Cables the lead on 26 minutes when his header went narrowly over the bar. His strike partner Buckley was also creating chances for himself, but his effort cannoned off the bar and over, much to Cables frustration. Alex McMilan was also creating chances, but he saw his best effort of the half go over the bar with five minutes of the half remaining. Market Drayton were not without threat themselves, and would have taken the lead had it not been for a fine save onto the bar by Mitch Allen.
The second half saw much of the same from Cables as they attacked down the hill. Tames and Buckley often finding themselves in good positions to score, only for their efforts to go wide or be blocked by the Market Drayton defence. McMilan with just the keeper to beat, could have tested the keeper with his header in 52 minutes, however he managed to pull his header just wide of the back post.
Josh Gregory, returning to the club for his second spell, came on with 25 minutes to go and he also saw a header go agonisingly wide from a Cables corner. The introduction of Nabil Rahim with 18 minutes left gave Cables a spark and his trickery and ability to go past defenders was causing the Market Drayton full backs plenty of problems. He too saw an effort go just wide with 11 minutes to go, it was rapidly becoming an afternoon of frustrations.
Cables inability to score would ultimately cost them dearly with five minutes to go when the home side took the lead, very much against the run of play. With Cables committed up the pitch, trying to make the breakthrough, defender Danny Murphy saw his shot blocked and deflected out to a Market Drayton player. The red shirts flooded up the pitch and with both of Cables central defenders unable to make the block, Reese Jacobs fired the ball high past Mitch Allen into the net.
Cables XI: Allen, Lattie, Bamba, McCulloch ©, Murphy, Cooper, McMilan (Rahim 72), Dobie (Gregory 64), Tames, Buckley, Johnson (O’Neill 59)
Photo by John Middleton